Monthly Archives: May 2017

Thin-Skinned Deep

Today was The Great Unveiling. Crorrarq glanced at himself in the mirror. It had been seven years since the occupation. Seven years of blending in under a layer of celluloid, masking his true nature. Crorrarq was one of millions.

The Elders had vehemently opposed the event. “It’s much too soon. We’ve been observing these humans,” they said. “How can we expect to be accepted for who we are when they don’t even accept their own? You’ve seen them. Building their walls, hoarding their riches from the poorest of their kind. Killing each other for money and resources. Turning away those who are weak or different. No,” they warned, “humans are far too barbaric and uncivilized to accept us as neighbors.”

But the decision was made. Votes were cast. The Great Unveiling would go on as planned.

At noon on that fateful day every alien on the planet revealed themself to the humans they had grown to love and who claimed to love them. It was a dreadful day. The humans saw only monsters where once they saw friends. Every alien was rounded up, imprisoned and ultimately executed.

The Elders had been right all along. It was much too soon.


(199 Words)

For Sunday’s Photo Fiction Challenge based on this photo by our host Al.

Submit – A Haiku

like the yin and yang
to become one who submits
begs an oppressor


For Haiku Horizons Haiku Challenge, prompt word, Submit.

Ancient Weave – A Haiku

Photo by TJ Paris

soft smazed azure
just beyond the lattice weave,
ancient pergola


For TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge inspired by his photo and the prompt words, weave & ancient.


Pleasing Tease – A Haiku

pleasing the senses
she teases her clueless guests
dupes on the menu


For Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge, prompt words, please & tease.

Twittering Tale #32 – 30 May 2017

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a prompt, and your mission, if you choose to play along, is to tell a story based on that prompt in 140 characters or less. If you accept the challenge, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing us a new prompt. Have Fun!

Twittering Tale #31 – The Round-Up:

From Michael at Morpethroad:

His last day was Thursday. He never liked Thursdays.
Pension day was weirdo day.
Odd people and odd kids.
He prayed they stayed home.
(130 Characters)

From Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:

Call of duty, or a sick grandson he’ll attend to? But for now all he wanted was a cuppa coffee to give his over working brains a rest.
(134 Characters)

From Lorraine at In 25 Words More or Less:

Jim rode the escalator to the march and rally staging area. Nervously, scanned a large rowdy crowd. Found his marching mates: Save. Social.
(139 Characters)

From Di at Pensitivity101:

Some people always over-reacted.
All this fuss over a bloody mouse in the basement!
(82 characters)

From Through My Heart Web/Soul Connection:

Dreamt a beautiful retired life,but reality hit me hard.I will stand once again.People think oldies are useless.Here I am proving all wrong. 
(140 Characters)

From Reena at ReInventions:

Son! Date the girl you love amidst nature, for true bonding and heart-warming conversations. I’ve seen underbellies of malls n multiplexes….
(140 characters)

From Kathryn at Another Foodie Blogger:

Once again he drew the short straw. Once again he found himself the first riding down the elevator to investigate the mysterious black bag.
(139 Characters)

From Willow at Willowdot21:

The quiet was deafening, unlike last night. The screams the blood the fear. The worst had happened. The world sickened him. He felt so sad.
( 139 characters )

From Peter at Peter’s Ponderings:

Lucky Luke. He’s been fully employed all his life. Retired now, he volunteers at the National Escalator Museum. Life has its ups and downs!
(139 characters)

From Jane at Jane Dougherty Writes:

Just don’t look round, old man and you’ll never know what hit you. Or that the bomber had an accomplice and he never left the building.
(135 Characters)

From Kirst at Kirst Writes:

Harry was too old to run. He could only watch from the escalator. His voice shaking, he radioed for back-up. Dear God, let them hurry.
(135 characters)

And my tweet:

Some retirement! After 40 years, all he got was a gold watch and a “good luck.” But he felt useful and it was better than bagging groceries.
(140 Characters)

Well done everyone! I am afraid this prompt was a bit more timely than I had anticipated when I selected the photo. What a nightmarish world we live in. Your tales reflected this. The terror, sadness, fear and frustration. My thoughts, as I am certain, yours, are with all who suffered loss this past week. 

Thank you for your words. I believe the words of writers and poets help us to release the pain, frustration and sorrow in these troubling times. What a gift you gave us this week in your tiny tales.

I feel the need to switch things up a bit. This week’s photo prompt is, at first glance, a close-up of a common house fly. Or is it? Perhaps it is some alien being…or a mad experiment gone awry…or General of the Fly on the Wall Brigade collecting intel for the allies…or a devil looming with a hoard of others…or is it just a common pest creeping too close to someone’s picnic lunch. Once again, many possibilities for this wonderful photo from photographer, Virvoreanu-Laurentiu on

Have fun with this one. I’ll see you all at next week’s Round-up!

Twittering Tale #32 – 30 May 2017

The Telltale Fly

Was it reincarnation? The way the fly stared at her gave her chills. 

John? She asked, as she smacked him wth the swatter to off him a second time.
(140 Characters)


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