Kreative Kue 283

Kreative Kue 282 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

Cape Ground Squirrel (Xerus inauris)

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

The Forward Observer by John W. Howell © 2020

“What’s it look like from there?”

“Not a bad view. I can see all the emplacements.”

“So, what are we faced with?”

“I would say their force is brigade strength.”

“OMG. How are they deployed?”

“Look like they are dug in about a half-mile from this wall.”

“Can they see you up there?”

‘Sure, but who cares. They’re not going to be interested in a ground squirrel. It looks like they have some artillery too.”

“Yeah, figures. The minute we start moving, they will open up. You see any lookouts?”

“Nope. There are a couple of chipmunks down the wall further.”

“Uh. Roscoe?”


“Don’t cha think they might be like you?”

“Never thought of that. I guess they could be lookouts. Beats me where they found two guys that small, though.”

“Anything else?”

“No, and this squirrel suit is getting pretty hot.”

“Just take it off then.”

“And expose my self?”

“Oh, for heaven, sakes. You’re a raccoon. Who is going to pay attention to a raccoon?”

“The big dog sleeping under the tree.”

“Where the heck did prairie dogs get a real dog?’

“How do I know? Let me come back.”

“Okay. You’ve done well. Come on back.”

“Let me hide these acorns, and I’ll be right there.”


“Maybe I’ll wash them first.”

“Now, you’re talking.”

My effort was

A recipe for disaster!

“Don’t get too close, Hamish!”

“Why not? They look harmless enough. Look, they’re throwing nuts down for me. I’m going to get some.”

“Hamish, NO!”

“They’re okay. Look. I’ll rush in, grab a couple and rush out again.”

“I wouldn’t.”

“Oof! Don’t tell me you don’t want a few of these, Sandy.”

“Okay, but don’t do it again.”

“Why not?”

“You know who they are, don’t you?”

“Just tourists. We get plenty of them.”

“Not like these, we don’t. Have you ever heard of a thing called I’m a celebrity, get me out of here?”

“Can’t say I have. What is it?”

“It’s a thing they do. Some people have to survive in the jungle for a few weeks. It’s one of those crazy TV programmes where there are cameras and microphones all over the place, watching their every move, and they are supposed to act natural.”

“Who could possibly act normally with cameras on them all day?”

“My point precisely. It’s all staged. Thing is, though, they have this thing called bush tucker trial, where the people have to eat something they’d never go near in their daily lives.”

“Like what?”

“Like giant bugs or parts you’d normally leave to the dogs. I heard they had kangaroo testicles once.”


“Absolutely. I was listening in to the people who plan things, and guess what they’re having today.”


“A special pie with minced meat.”

“That’s not weird.”

“They’re not using minced beef.”

“What are they using?”

“Ground Squirrel!”  [see what I did there? I know, don’t make a meal of it.] 


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.

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