Kreative Kue 280

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John W Howell is a multiple nominated and award-winning author who blogs at Fiction Favorites. Details of John’s books can be found on his Amazon author page

It’s a job by John W. Howell © 2020

“Hold that ladder steady.”

“I got it.”

“What the hell. I can’t see a thing with this faceguard on.”

“You know the rules.”

“Yeah, I do. Still seems stupid.”

“You have to make sure you don’t become infected.”

“I know, I know it’s just hard to see is all.”

“Can you see the point of contamination?”

“Not really. Everything up here looks the same. Oh, wait. I think I see it. I’m going to deploy the antibacterial now.”

“Make sure you cover the area totally.”

“I’ve been doing this since you were in diapers. I got this.”

“Just trying to help.”

“I know. I’m sorry. This suit is so damn hot too.”

“You ready to come down?”

“I think so.”

“How did that spot get contaminated anyway?”

“From the report, the guy was coming in for a landing and then hit this pole.”

“That had to hurt.”

“Yeah, he is still in the hospital.”

“Tested positive I suppose.”


“Which virus?”

“Human being.”

“OMG the worst.”

“I know right? Okay, hold on. I’m ready to come down.”

My effort was

How do you like them apples?

“What’s in this spray, Cap’n?”

“Don’t worry, Jean-Marie, it’ll do the job.”

“What is the job?”

“There’s a hole in the post. Just spray into it until you’ve emptied the bottle.”

“Then what?”

“Then duck.”

“Duck? Why?”

“See those apple trees behind you?”


“Do you like apples?”

“Like apples? I love ’em.”

“Let’s just say you’re not the only one likes them.”

“I know the householder does – in fact I suppose most people like apples. Big industry around here. These apples sell all over the world.”

“I know. That’s part of the plan.”

“What plan?”

“Sorry, Jean-Marie. I’ve said too much already. Just get on with the job, will you?”

“You didn’t say why I should duck.”

“Oh that. That’ll be because that spray is going to annoy the occupants of that hole and some of them may come out.”

“Who lives in there?”

“It isn’t who, it’s what. Hornets.”


“Yeah, hornets.”

“Lots of them?”

“A whole nest-full, I should think.”

“But that’s about—”

“Between two and four hundred…”

“Hornets? Between two and four hundred hornets‽”

“That’s why you’ve got the protective gear on.”

“And why it’s me up here and not you?”

“Rank has its privileges, Jean-Marie. You’ll make captain one day—”

“If I survive this lot!”

“You are wearing protective clothing, Corporal. Now do your job.”

“Yes Sir. Okay, iFans. Let’s see how you like these apples!”

Rhino saw us!

On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.