Kreative Kue 296

Kreative Kue 295 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

23-01-2007 14-38-00_0015aJohn 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 Challenge by John W. Howell © 2021

“Look at that.”

“I know. Crazy, wouldn’t you say.”

“Out in this kind of weather.”

“No hat even.”

“Would serve her right.”

“What would serve her right?”

“If she got picked up in the talons of a giant snow owl.”

“I wouldn’t mind seeing that.”

“You making a challenge?”

“No, I just said I wouldn’t mind seeing her picked up in the talons of a giant snow owl.”

“You know they don’t believe in giant snow owls.”

“So who would know?”

“I had the same thought.”

“Why don’t you do it then?”

“Then what?”

“Beats mice, I’m sure.”

“To eat?”

“I’m just saying.”


“Okay, then forget it.”

“You know something?”


“You and I don’t have enough to do.”

“Guilty. Let’s think of something else.”

“Like maybe a sheep.”

“Yeah. A sheep in a snowstorm. Now that would be a real challenge.”

“You’re on.”

My effort was:

Snow laughing matter

“You’ve been gone a long time – I’ve been worried.”

“That’s sweet of you, but there was no need; I’m well wrapped up.”

“Where’s the car?”

“Sorry. I had to abandon it. The road hasn’t been gritted yet and I got bogged.”

“How deep?”

“It was about twenty-five centimetres deep on the road, but there’s sheet ice underneath.”

“That’s why we went to the expense of putting winter tyres on. They’re supposed to be brilliant in the snow – and on ice.”

“No point in telling me that. I read the write-up same as you did, Tell them – they obviously didn’t get the memo.”

“Did you drive the way I told you to?”

“No, darling. I hoofed it in first gear. What do you think I am – stupid?”

“No, of course not, I just can’t understand why they didn’t give you any grip. Anyway, where is the car now?”

“Where I left it, obviously. Roger’s towing it back on the back of his tractor this afternoon. Apparently we’re fifteenth on his list.”

“So it wasn’t just you then?”

“Did you think it was? Do you think everyone else managed to sail through the snow except your wife? My God, you have a low opinion of me sometimes.”

“That’s not what I meant and you know it.”

“Do I?”

“You should do. How long have we been married?”

“Don’t you know?”

“Yes I do, That was a rhetorical question.”

“Okay, but what is a rhetorical question, when you come down to it?”

“Drop it! How far were you from the shop when you get stuck?”

“About half way there.”


“And I knew how important it was to get your stuff, so I walked the two kilometres there and the four kilometres home again.”

“You walked six kilometres through deep snow? At least that explains why you took so long. So – did you get my stuff?”

“No. Sorry.”

“Why not?”

“The shop was shut – apparently none of the staff could get in.”


“You heard.”

“Why couldn’t they—”

“Which part of impassable are you having trouble understanding?!”


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.

13 thoughts on “Kreative Kue 296

  1. Between the snow owls and ice snakes, John, winter is a very dangerous time. 🙂 Keith your story made me laugh . .. how many of us have had conversations similar to this with our spouses?

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