Kreative Kue 332

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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 Watch by John W. Howell © 2021

“How do you know?”

“I’m telling you I smelled the shampoo.”

“How can you smell shampoo when it’s not been used?”

“Come on. You know as well as I do that stuff can leave an olfactory trace that can be picked up for miles.”

“Yes, but mom isn’t even home.”

“Which makes our situation all the more precarious.”

“So you think this back-to-back watch scenario is going to help?”

“Look. If we spot the old man coming out of the kitchen door with some sad excuse of a treat, you know he’s got a bath on the brain. I just think early warned is early armed.”

“So, what are we going to do?”

“When we spot him, we run like hell.”

“That’s not very dignified.”

“Who cares? It keeps the suds out of our eyes.”

“Look, here he comes.”

“Treat?”

“Yup. A piece of turkey.”

“Turkey, you sure. Let me look. Damn, you are right. It’s turkey.”

“What does it mean.”

“Worse than I thought.”

“Tell me.”

“A trip to the vet. Let’s take off.”

“Maybe it’s not.”

“Don’t be a fool. If he was holding that pathetic bacon treat bag, it’s a bath. Turkey is a full-on vet trip.”

“Where should we go?”

“I saw something on the path. It’s drawing flies, so a good place to roll. He won’t come near us then.”

“But that will beg a bath.”

“Which would you rather have? Vet or bath.”

“Let’s go.”


My effort was:

Opposites Distract

“Anything, Trev?”

“Nah. Nothing.”

“What time is it supposed to happen?”

“About now, from what Master said.”

“What time is it now?”

“Why are you asking me, Lysse? I haven’t got a watch.”

“Can’t you see from the clock on the village hall?”

“Can’t see it?”

“Why’s that?”

“It’s three kilometres away. On the other side of the hill.”

“Why wasn’t I told that before?”

“Dunno. Have you ever asked?”

“Not as such, no.”

“By not as such, I take it you mean you haven’t.”

“Yes… no.”

“Which one is it? Yes, or no?”

“Both.”

“How does that work?”

“Yes, it means I haven’t, and no, I haven’t.”

“Isn’t that saying the same thing?”

“As what?”

“Sometimes, my podgy old mate, I have trouble understanding your thought processes.”

“No.”

“No? What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It means, Trevor, that I have no idea what you are talking about.”

“What are we talking about?”

“We were trying to work out what time it’s supposed to happen.”

“What? “

“The thing Master told us to watch out for, or guard against or something. Anyway, something is supposed to happen, and we have to be ready for it.”

“You do know I can’t tell the time, don’t you?”

“You can’t?”

“No.”

“And you don’t know what it is…”

“Not exactly.”

“Because?”

“I wasn’t really listening. Anyway, you were there, too.”

“I was busy watching what I thought might have been a rat running across the road.”

“And was it?”

“Turns out it was a leaf blown by the wind. Did I tell you I’m having trouble focussing on things?”

“No kidding! So neither of us heard what he said we had to look out for?”

“Yes.”

“Who?”

“Neither of us.”

“That’s what I said.”

“And I agreed with you. Yes, neither of us heard.”

“You’re supposed to say no.”

“Why?”

“Because neither of us… Oh, I give up. Anyway, here’s the situation… we are here, one of us looking east towards the field and one of us looking west towards the road. Nobody is looking south towards the gate. Okay so far?”

“Sounds about right.”

“And we don’t know what we are looking for, which direction it will come from or when.”

“Uh-huh.”

“And we are doing it because Master told us to and we’re faithful servants.”

“Got it in one.”

“Okay. As long as that’s understood, I’m fine with it.”

“Me too.”

“That was hard work. Nap?”

“Too right. Goodnight, Podge.”

“Nighty-night, Trev.”


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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.

8 thoughts on “Kreative Kue 332

    1. When working in Tanzania, a file went missing from my desk. I had an idea who may have been responsible and asked my assistant, a local man, “Y didn’t see Mr Cooke take the file, did you?” He replied, “Yes, Sir.” I accosted Mr Cooke and asked him what he thought he was doing, taking papers off my desk. When he denied it, I told him what my man had said. That’s when I found out how the local logic worked!

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      1. When I was a student in Boston (USA) I was known as the man who said No when he meant Yes and Yes when he meant No! The most common was at a meal. “Would you like some more?” Americans say “Please” which is short for “Yes Please”. New Zealanders say “Thanks” which they took to mean “No thanks” but without the No it means Yes!

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