Kreative Kue 327

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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

The Dark by John W. Howell © 2021

“So here’s the plan. We are going to try and get the tree shot before it gets fully dark.”

“I don’t understand what’s so important about the tree shot.”

“It’s not your job to wonder about anything important. You are the talent. I’m the director.”

“Well, okay. Put that way, I’ll just be quiet.”

“A welcome change of pace. Now I need you to get under the tree.”

“Ew. Things are hanging in the tree.”

“Those are the vampire bats that are going to bite you on the neck in the scene.”

“Wait a minute. SAG rules are no biting.”

“For heaven’s sake. Have you read the script?”

“No. I saw I have no dialogue, so I just skipped it. Besides, you always tell me what I’m supposed to do.”

“Too bad you don’t listen. So here’s the scene. You have run away from the pack of zombies—”

“No way.”

“No way what?”

“I don’t run. It’s in my contract.”

“I know we have a stunt double.”

“So why say I run?”

“Let me rephrase that. In the form of a stunt double, your character runs away from a pack of zombies and comes to this tree. She is all out of breath—”

“Who is out of breath?”

“The character.”

“Go on.”

“She looks up into the tree and then sees the vampires. She falls to the ground screaming, and then we cut. Any questions?”

“I don’t fall. It’s in my contract.”

“We will cut in the stunt double falling. The shot will have you screaming and then a closeup of you on the ground.”

“It’s wet.”


“The ground.”

“Let me guess. You don’t get wet. It’s in your contract.”


“Okay then. Well, put a cover on the ground and make it look like dirt. Then, you’ll be completely dry.”

“What’s the cover made of?”

“I’m not sure.”

“Can’t be latex. I’m allergic.”

“Okay, we’ll use a cotton cloth.”

“Sustainable, organic cotton.”

“It’s in your contract fight?”


“You know if you weren’t my daughter, I would fire you.”

“Oh, come on, Daddy, don’t be a grumpy grump.”

“And if this weren’t your drama class project worth a semester’s grade, I would fire me.”

“You going to keep grumping, or are we going to do this?”

My effort was:

The Long Road Home

“Do you think we’ll ever get home, Radek?” the young explorer asked, gazing up at the vast expanse of the Milky Way.

“I certainly hope so,” her companion replied, “this is a beautiful place, and it looks like the area is thriving so we should be able to have all our needs met.”

“Except the need to get home, to be with our families. Neither of us has ever been this far away from home before and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to miss the familiar.”

“The elders did warn us this would happen, Jana. It is important for our development towards full membership of our group that we expose ourselves to unfamiliar cultures. That’s why they dropped us here in the unknown wilderness.”

“I know. I get all that and I expected to feel a little homesick. I didn’t anticipate it being this bad, though.”

“Lean on me, Jana. If necessary, I can be strong for both of us.”

“I’m so glad they paired me with you for this trip, Radek. You are strong and dependable; you show great fortitude in demanding situations. I was originally slated to make this trip with my brother—”


“Yes, Ravo. He’s a good sort, but we are too much alike. I think he would be as distressed and as much in need of support as I am.”

“The elders must have known this when they made the pairings. Who do you think Ravo will have been paired with?”

“He would have asked for Jaro, I think.”

“He does seem to have a thing for her, doesn’t he?”

“I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed.”

“You know I feel the same way about you, don’t you?”

Jana blushed. “I had no idea. You have hidden it well.”

“As it is right that I should. It wouldn’t have been seemly for me to profess desire for you before you were of age, so I directed my affection to manifest only as a desire to protect you. That’s why I petitioned to be able to make this trip with you.”

“So we could be together?”

“And so I could tell you how I feel about you, now you are of age.”

“Oh, Radek…”


We don’t need to know how this conversation developed; some things are personal and best left that way. Let’s pick the story up the following morning, shall we?

“How are you feeling this morning, Jana?”

“Better, thank you; more secure and well protected.”

“And loved and wanted, I hope?”

“Oh yes, that too, in buckets.”

“Do you have the feeling, as I do, that we have accomplished what we were sent here to do?”

“You mean in terms of our personal development?”


“I do; do you think we need stay here any longer?”

“No, I don’t. It’s time to start the long journey home. According to the briefing documents, that’s the last part of our test.”

“Then let’s get to it, Radek.”

“Okay. Once we’ve packed up the tent and camping gear, I’ll dig out the map and see if I can find out how to reach the nearest bus stop.”



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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