Kreative Kue 311

Kreative Kue 310 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

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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

Cheeto by John W. Howell © 2021

“Hey you.”

“Who me?”

“Yeah you with the Cheeto.”

“Cheeto?”

“Yeah in your beak. A Cheeto.”

“It’s a mayfly.”

“What’s a mayfly?”

“In my beak. A mayfly.”

“Looks like a Cheeto to me.”

“What’s a Cheeto anyway.”

“Cheese corn puff.”

“Did you say cheese?”

“Yeah.”

“Where do I get some?”

“In the store.”

“What’s a store?”

“Where people buy stuff.”

“That’s that then.”

“What?”

“I stay away from people.”

“Why?”

“They might take my mayfly.”

“Trust me people don’t like flies.”

“They haven’t tried a mayfly then. By the way, what did you want?”

“I thought if you talked, you would drop the mayfly and it would be mine.”

“Not a chance. I can talk with a mayfly in my beak all day long.”

“So your mom never taught you not to talk with your mouth full?”

“No but she did teach me one thing.”

“What’s that?”

“How to take out the eye of a fresh talking stranger.”

“See ya.”


My effort was:

Making a meal of it

“Mum, Mum! Look what I found! Can I eat it?”

“What is it, Simon?”

“Don’t know, Mum. But can I eat it? Come and see.”

“””Where did you find it?”

“On the grass. There’s loads of them. Can I eat it?”

“Let me see. Oh, yes. That’s a dried mealworm.”

“Mealworm? Ptah! We don’t eat worms!”

“You’re right. Apart from anything else, that would put us in competition with the blackbirds, and you won’t want to take on any of them!”

“So what is it?”

“It’s the larva of a mealworm beetle.”

“What – like a caterpillar?”

“Kind of.”

“Mmm. I like caterpillars.”

“Who doesn’t?”

“But, why is it called a worm if it isn’t one?”

“Because humans are stupid.”

“Why are they dried, though, Mum? Wouldn’t they be better alive and wriggling, like proper caterpillars?”

“Because they turn into beetles very quickly – sometimes after only a few days. Drying them stops that happening.”

“So does that mean I can eat it, Mum?”

“I’m not sure, Simon. Give it to me. Let Mummy check it first.”

“Okay.”

“Yeah [gulp], that’s fine.”

“MUM! You ate it!”


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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 keithchanning@gmail.com 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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