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Twittering Tales #153 – 10 September 2019

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

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 charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


This Week’s Twittering Tales #153 – 10 September 2019 – Photo Prompt

Photo by Nadiya Ploschenko at Unsplash.com

My take…

The Visitors

The ufo was back, but Jules was ready. They would not take him aboard the craft tonight! He chained himself to the floor eventually falling asleep when the lights from the ship went dark.

Earthlog-Humanoid #469: Specimen set up defenses after only 3 days. Test brain matter.

~kat

275 Characters


Last Week’s Twittering Tale #152 – The Roundup

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Photo by Geralt at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…
Wish You Were Here…
When Agent Smith mysteriously disappeared, he left a coded message. Authorities knew his daughter had learned to read code. Agents brought her in.
After a few moments, Hanna burst into laughter.
“What does it say?”
“Dad’s on vacation. He’ll see you in a month…’bout time dad!”
~kat
278 Characters

By The Dark Netizen:
DATA
She read the data.
It had taken hours to upload it all. After the main servers were systematically taken out one by one, it was up to her to safeguard the backup data. She could not trust other agents and so she had stored the data in the most secure location:
Her android brain…
Character Count: 280

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Fried
Gynoid X loaded data by reading through screens at a nanosecond a page – until she got to the screen full of blue zeros and ones. In robotspeak zero is off and one is on. X went into “robot seizure,” turning off and on over and over again. When they found her, she was fried.
[278 characters]

By Reena at ReInventions:
Spaces in Between
What I want?
What I don’t?
What can I change?
What I can’t?
What do I do, and how?
What should I refrain from, and why?
Life happens, or falls between the crevices of Os and 1s
A lifetime is not enough to write and manage an ever-changing code.
(237 characters)

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Error 444.
Zeros and ones, they were her friends they guided her through life. She only saw in binary it was her norm. Beautiful colours blue, green and red were her comfort zones.
So it came as a real shock when suddenly she saw something emerging in black and white. Did she need a reboot?
(279 Characters)

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Code-X
Eyes closed, she streams the code.
Randomly selects ones and zeroes.
Translates into humaneze.
“I’ll take Kat’s Twittering Tales for a thousand, Alex.”
(148 characters)

By Milly at Truly Milly:
Hacking A Hacker
The FBI has hired her to hack a hacker’s account. “Help us catch this anonymous criminal,” the FBI said.
She started typing the code, thinking to herself, “They still don’t know it’s me they’re after. I should find another hacker to blame.”
(241 Characters)

By Mike at The Bookish, Recovering Know-It-All:
Fluid Reality
So many lines. So many colors. Anna looked deeply into the stream to ferret out the meanings and connections represented in the code, but all she got was “All is One and One is All”. In the end she saw that, as if in a dream, a pre-programmed Matrix, “Individuality is Illusion”.
-279 characters

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Her Biggest Payday
She goes by }{4/V/V4, which is Leet Speak for Hanna. She’s the most accomplished hacker on the globe. She never fails and she is in high demand for both legitimate purposes as well as nefarious ones.
But her biggest payday came when she hacked the IRS for Trump’s tax returns.
(275 characters)

By Shweta at My Random Ramblings:
Amy’s Mischief
Amy’s mama had always told her to stay away from the “thing”.
It was her father’s last invention… before he disappeared.
That fateful day, she disobeyed her mama and twiddled with the “thing”.
All of a sudden, the “thing” sprung to life.
Amy was stunned to see her long-lost father!
(280 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
It was in here somewhere, the secret to Gram’s apple cider cake.
Smart old bird was ahead of her time.
101 characters

By Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind:
Ariel was gifted.   She could ‘see’ the matrix.   It was vastly different from what the movies depicted too.  She lifted the soothing blue lines of the barrier.  Put her hand through.  It was invigorating.  She stepped into the next world and vanished. Nobody even missed her.
(Characters:  276)

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
Rough hands grabbed at her. She fought, trying to make contact with anything that lived. Instantly, she felt hot breath on her throat.
‘Shh. Stop fighting.’ A masculine voice hissed into her ear. ‘You’re safe. Stop fighting.’
The voice… it sounded familiar somehow.
cc: 263

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
I Told You So
Yolanda had a bad habit of standing close to the screen at movies. Stanley begged her not to, just this once. “If you do,” said he, “You’ll be sucked into the movie and never come out. I hope for your sake you can act.” She wouldn’t listen. Now she’s in France in 1910.
(275 characters)

By Joe at Does Writing Excuse Watching?:
First Contact
We see him standing in front of the US DOD Intergalactic Message Board, which has been designed to facilitate communication between the Free World’s military and whichever extraterrestrials, using binary code. We are told that after studying the board for some minutes, the alien, named by the press “Eric the Blond,” requested that in addition to all the 0s and 1s, we begin using some 2s.

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Should We Trust?
“I don’t totally trut him so the product isn’t on me,” Ron said.
“Headquarters is larger than I thought it would be, but is Nator honorable? I am glad that the product isn’t on you. How do we know whether to trust them or not?”
“Good question. Can we access these computers?”
274 characters

By Ron at Read 4 Fun:
Stories of Unicorns, Dragons, Fairies filled my youth. Mom said stories were not real; there were dark forces. Technology developed. New stories became horror stories. If I could communicate, I could help. Now, I can. I cracked the code; I can send a message. “Dear Irthlings ..”
279 characters

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Julie sighed, disappointed that not one person had a single question.
Turning her back on her audience, then frowned. The painting was altering before her eyes and then she had a crazy idea, perhaps she could walk into the other dimension.
That would raise some questions for sure.
(280 characters)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
She was expert in Octal, and knew that octal numerals can be made from binary by grouping consecutive binary digits into groups of three (starting from the right). She was using that to solve the problem that could save Earth.
A pity that her magnetism was distorting the monitor!
(280 characters)

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
Trina Makes Up Her Mind
Trina learned the power of ones and zeros from the
elephant God, Anjana.
Anjana took ones and zeros to make mice.
He taught Trina to use them to make minds.
Trina studied her mind for flaws; she trimmed it to
perfection.
When she finished, she used it to fly to New York.
239 characters

By John at Broadsides:
“Ohh, I say, your entry phone’s all weird! Beam me up, Scottie!”
“I kana hear ya lassie, wa yer want?
Beam me up! Beam me up!
“I dinna even know ya, I never beamed yer up at all, that’s an awful accusation.”
“No no B.E.A M., ha ha, beam me up, Scottie!
Piss off lassie, leave ma entry phone alone.

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Ain’t Appetising Enough!
What’s on the menu ?
A fudge?
Seriously !!! Why is work catching up at home too ?
Like the investigation on the company’s messed up accounts wasn’t already enough.
Might as well skip the dessert! Ain’t appetising enough!
219 characters 

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
A Tech Giant
As Jenny faced a wall of code, her breath quickened in fervid fashion. This was no time for reserve, she knew what to do.
She pushed forward youthful hands and entered the digital world, where she’d be a technological giant.
To become one with technology is to rule the world.
[277 Characters]

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
She was a bit apprehensive but it could be done now. The future had finally arrived. All you had to do was to put the coordinates and the name and your desired period of time and you would be whisked there by pressing a single button. Nothing complicated. 
Character count: 256


Great Round Up everyone! I hope you will give this week’s prompt a go. As you can see, I changed the format slightly, with last week’s Roundup following the current photo prompt. I hope this makes it easier for those who may be scrolling on their phones. And…if you’ve read this far, THANK YOU! We had some great takes on the photo this week. See you next week!!!

 


Twittering Tales #152 – 3 September 2019

Twittering Tales

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

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 charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


A look back to Twitting Tales #150  and a few of the tales that didn’t ping back.

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The Jackpot
They approached the Sun to use the slingshot effect to set course for Alpha 7, and a new life.
Alarms sounded!
They were being dragged into the fiery hell, and nothing they did had any effect.
Back on Earth, everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief as the meteor passed safely by.
(279 characters)

Neel at Neel Writes Blog also mentioned that his tale last week never made it to the roundup, but I couldn’t find it. Please do send me a link Neel. I hate that we missed it!


Twittering Tales #151 – The Roundup

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Mashup of photos by pendleburyannette (dragon) & MichaelGaida (forest) at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…

The Paper Tiger
Ned, a copy editor, longed for a spot on the news desk. He had a plan.
“Dragons!” he scoffed as he shuffled through the brush on the grounds of the secret test site. “I’m going to debunk those crazy rumors once and for all.”
“Um. That’s Draco, kid. D-R-A…hey where ya’ going?!”
~kat

By Reena at ReInventions:
I wish I Knew
“I’ve never seen a dragon resting at dawn.”
“You’ve never seen a dragon either. Click a pic, but stay away….”
“Something tells me, its tail is embedded deep inside and it will take time to move.”
“John, there’s something entwining your foot, and it’s blue.”
“AAARGH…… I wish I knew.”
(279 characters)

By The Dark Netizen:
Hidden
He is coming for me.
I can sense his approach and his thirst to find me. I am the last one left, and all that stands between him and victory. None have beaten him till now. But I will be the first one to defeat him.
All I have to do is stay hidden, in this game of hide and seek…
Character Count: 280

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
DEEP IN THE FOREST
You hadn’t thought this through.
You cooked the DNA, grew me in nourishing gel, wrapped me round this tree, and waited.
What about my escape route, you moron of a crazy geneticist?
How am I supposed to get out of this damn forest?
Then I expelled my mythical powers.
Burn baby! Burn!
(278 chars)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Did Someone Say Dragon?
Jack and Ed hiked deep into the woods until they found a small clearing. They sat down on a log and Jack reached into his pocket, pulled out a joint, and lit it up. “Do you want a drag on this?” he asked Ed.
They both heard a voice coming from their left. “Did someone say dragon?”
(280 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
The dragon sulked. He hated Hide and Seek.
42 characters.

By Ron at Read4Fun:
Blowhard Stories
DEAR AMAZON.
For my cough, Doc recommended you. There is no one in the store to answer my questions. All I want is some pills. Every time I cough, I spit fire. If I don’t get an answer soon, this Amazon thing is doomed. Lousy customer service burns me up. My turn next. DRAGON.
277 characters

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
“(In) the Forest Primeval”*
Patience. ‘Tis the mantra I needs adopt.
Keeping the beast enchantedly happy whilst I wait.
We sit in the forest clearing; thank Arthur, it is easily entertained.
A flutter of brown wings; my Camelot Prime order appears.
A non-fantasy classic: How to Train Your Human by Toothless 1.
(280)
* opening line of Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1847)
1 Toothless is a Night Fury dragon in the animated trilogy: How to Train Your Dragon.

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
An Unlikely Visitor
Tra-a-la-la! Tra-a-la-la!
Dancing through the woods,
Wearing my hoods,
Here I come at the precise time of dawn,
Stifling that persistent yawn,
To collect herbs for the concoction,
To help with the medicine man’s decoction.
Rubbing my eyes, what do I see ?
UFO or a hallucinating me?
275 characters

By Kia at The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All:
Ready or Not
Lucius thought to himself, “I’m glad for the last two years. I’ve grown so much both in size but also inside”. At last, the end of training. From a distance he could hear his master and teacher counting. “Seventeen, Eighteen, nineteen… twenty. Here I come, ready or not”. Ready.
(280 characters)

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
He was the last of its kind. So tired from hiding in the deep forest away from those prying humans. His strength was slowly ebbing away and now he could just lie there waiting for the end. Suddenly the whole of the forest lit up in an eerie light. He looked up. Mother?
Character count:269

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
The Hard Way
‘Have you no sense? Don’t you know to let sleeping dragons lie?’
‘I – uh… I wasn’t thinking…’
‘Obviously. Now, look at you… bald and scarred…’
‘Don’t laugh. It’s bad enough as it is.’
‘At least now, every time you look in the mirror, you’ll remember your lesson.’
cc: 263

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Approach in clear line of view. No sudden or aggressive movements. Speak gently. A dragon always reacts better to calm, gentle handling. You must master this first meeting, you never get a second chance. Remember you are a dragon keeper, you need a dragon more than they need you.
(280 Characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
The Teenagers
“Relax,” the Don’s guidance counselor told him. “We save the real dragons for juniors and seniors. You freshmen only have to practice on windmills.” On the big day, he and his best friend Sancho got the shock of their lives. There must have been a mistake in their schedules.
(277 characters)

By John at The Magic Shop:
Break Time
This was his chance. A beast that may have terrorized his village was asleep. Silent steps inched him closer to using his sword. Was this the creature? It didn’t matter, He needed to be a hero. Brimstone smell enticed him. His heart stopped as a branch cracked under his foot awakening the dragon.
(300 characters)

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie
Brave Pitter and Patter wandered deep in the forest, looking for dragons, and came upon a sign:
There’s a place in this woods where she sleeps
Pleasant dreams of the gold that she keeps
She wakes late, so be smart
Or be burnt to a fart
Sip your tea, munch your toast, and no peeps!

By Joe at Does Writing Excuse Watching?:
Park Ride
“A sleeping dragon? What kind of a Park ride is a sleeping dragon?”
“Awake it was too scary for the kids.”
“But what does it do?”
“Smoke comes out of its nose.”
“That’s it?”
“It makes snoring sounds.”
“Anything else?”
“It farts.”
“Well that’s all right then.”
251 characters.

By Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind:
Eagon lived in the forest with his family.   Their cottage was small, their garden large.   Locals came in crowds to buy fresh vegetables and herbs. Although beleaguered often for his secret, Eagon would only smile enigmatically. Dragon dung was the best fertilizer known.
(Characters = 276)

By Chris at I.Mused:
An Old Friend
The snap of a twig.
The scales along his neck instinctively shimmered, he’d been followed.
“Please don’t go,’ she panted, “we need you.”
“Child,’ he hissed, “your elders disagree.”
“I need you,” she sobbed.
“You don’t need me,” his tail whipped, “You can imagine so much more!”
(272 chars)

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
Thank Goodness for a Vegetarian Dragon!
Walking through the forest, Kane saw a beautiful blue dragon. As Kane started to take flight on nimble feet, the dragon told him that he no longer found humans delicious. Their intransigence caused him indigestion. His blue color came from the blueberries he ate, instead.

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
The Exchange?
“Nator wants us to go to the dragon area at the local amusement park and hide out in the maintenance shed until this afternoon when we will meet the director and he will take possession of the product.”
“Are you sure about handing the product over to this man,” Linda asks.
272 characters

By Neel at Neel Writes Blog:
APOCALYPSE
“It’s a faun.”
“No, fauns have a goat’s legs. This one doesn’t have one,” Vikram said , his fingers pointing towards the monstrous creature that curled up behind trunk of the gulmohar.
“Faun or no faun, our goose is cooked,” said Inder before he lost consciousness.
(280 CHARACTERS)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Lost In Space
Close call with that meteor last week!
Yes, but have you seen this weird craft under the tree?  There’s a canister just by the open door. Let’s look inside!
What’s this? A short story by the looks of it. Written by Peter’s pondering.
So, that’s why it wasn’t included in the roundup!
(278 characters)

By Hayley at The Story Files:
The Sleeping Dragon
‘We have to be quiet in the woods,’ Mama said.
‘Why?’ her young daughter asked.
‘Because, last night a blue dragon arrived here!’
The girl’s eyes grew wide and she clutched to her mama’s skirts.
‘He’s sleeping, so if we don’t disturb him, everything will be fine.’

By Shweta at My Random Ramblings:
Hide and Seek!
He struggled to drag himself behind the thick bush.
He had to remain hidden at any cost.
The flaming arrow didn’t kill him.
Yet, it ensured that he won’t fly for a while.
He couldn’t die at the hands of a human, like the others.
He was the last of his kind – the sole surviving dragon.
(280 characters)

By Deb at Twenty Four:
When Heidi had suggested taking the children out she’d leapt at the chance, but as a yell broke the silence she almost groaned in despair.
Hurrying into the clearing she came to an abrupt halt, then smiled.
“Ok kids, can anyone tell me what that is lying under the tree?”
(267 characters)

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
Conquering the Dragon
It was a crazy initiation,
Fight the dragon, impress the nation,
but something sporadic, unplanned,
Happened that shocked the land.
They sent a novice, a raw beginner
But oddly, he returned the winner
He didn’t fight, attack or defend,
He talked to the Dragon and made him a friend.
[280 Characters]

By Rob at Art by Robert Goldstein:
The Televangelist
The raging Televangelist stalked the stage like
a angry dragon and roared:
“You will atone for your sins or the god of vengeance shall surely pierce your heart with the sword of eternal anguish!”
I rocked the cradle so hard the baby fell into supper.
226 Characters


And…it’s a wrap! I loved your Dragon Tales. There were several hide and seek takes. I found that interesting. You may have noticed I have not been around much this week. I’m afraid the creeping crud got the best of me, calling for a trip to the urgent care for antibiotics and other fun stuff. I’m just starting to feel human again so I dragged myself out from under my rock…I couldn’t possibly miss this weeks round up!

The pingbacks have been a bit fickle these days. Sorry if I have missed your tale last week or this. It has been suggested that I use an outside resource such as InLinkz. What do you think? Would you still want me to do a roundup each week? I’ve received some complaints that the challenge photo is too hard to scroll down to. Please give me your feedback. I aim to please. 😉 I enjoy hosting this challenge each week. It’s probably a good idea to post a link to your tale in the comments just in case pingbacks are acting up.

For this week an intriguing photo by Geralt at Pixabay.com.  What is the secret message hiding in the binary code on the screen? Is the young lady in the photo the key saving us all? Who sent the message…an enemy…aliens? You could always write a story about computers in general and how FRUSTRATING they are…pings dropped, crashes, lost data…Have fun with it. And I hope to see you next week at the Roundup. And remember, let me know if you’d like me to try InLinkz…or if you are ok with the current format. Have a great week!


 

Twittering Tales #152 – 3 September 2019

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Photo by Geralt at Pixabay.com

Wish You Were Here…

When Agent Smith mysteriously disappeared, he left a coded message. Authorities knew his daughter had learned to read code. Agents brought her in.

After a few moments, Hanna burst into laughter.

“What does it say?”

“Dad’s on vacation. He’ll see you in a month…’bout time dad!”

~kat
278 Characters


Twittering Tales #151 – 27 August 2019

Twittering Tales

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

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 charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!



Twittering Tales #150 -The Roundup

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Photo by Felipe Ribeiro at Pexels.com

 


Twittering Tales #150 – 20 August 2019

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

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 charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


Twittering Tales #149 -The Roundup

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Photo by Wal_172619 @ picabay.com

Starting us off:

After years behind a desk, Ellie decided to make a change. Sure, she could’ve gone Uber or Lyft, but her old clunker was a wreck. At “Checkered” they provided the wheels and a paycheck.
She had some wild stories. Like that time she delivered twins. Too bad I’m out of characters…
~kat
280 characters…darn!

By Reena at ReInventions:
End of Hope
Fifty thousand vehicles are in queue to enter the flooded town. Some carry relief material. Some carry mothers wanting to reach their children.
Sounds from the radio are ominous “Two gates of the overflowing dam to be opened”.
The motorists see water gushing their way. End of hope.
(280 characters)

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Traffic Problems
John decided the worst thing about driving was not getting stuck in traffic, neither was it getting stuck in traffic with a garrulous taxi driver.
It was getting stuck in traffic with a garrulous driver live streaming your wife, complete with commentary, after her water broke.
(276 characters)

By Graham at Graham Is Just My Name:
Bangkok 11.25 pm
Pandemonium at the airport.
All flights are cancelled.
Bundled to a nearby cheap hotel.
Awoken at 3.23 am.
No coffee.
No breakfast.
No buses.
Crammed into 55 taxis and driven in cavalcade back to the chaos.
Too tired to think.
Was it just a bad dream?
I’m afraid not.
(269 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
‘Honey? Our taxi might be a bit late.’
38 characters

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Bad Timing
In 2009, Ramesh paid nearly a million dollars to purchase a taxi medallion. He thought he was set for life and he could pass the medallion on to his children, giving them a valuable inheritance.
Then Uber and Lyft came along and now that damn taxi medallion is close to worthless.
(279 characters)

By Naonato at Honing Skills and Loving the Ride:
Podcast
Breath in
Exhale
Good
Bre- I can’t do this! Screw it all!
What if I abandon my taxi right here? I mean, I’m already at the airport. I could just leave.
Damn it.
Wife’s got the passport in the safe. What good’s it there? I’ll ask her for it when I get home.
And then I’ll leave.
character count: 279

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
Taxi
“Uh, dear, I know you sent a taxi for me, but…”
cc: 49

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Rest In Peace, Fred
All roads leading to St. Gabriel’s were packed with traffic. Fred’s funeral was the biggest event the townsfolk had ever seen. Accolades were incessantly pouring in, even from Washington. Living presidents. were there. “He was one hell of a cab driver,” Bush 43 told Carter.
(280 characters.)

By Shweta at My Random Ramblings:
Bumper to Bumper!
Google Maps casually alerted her that the usual 15 min ride to work would now be much longer, all thanks to the damn traffic. She took a look at the gridlock that showed no sign of resolving any time soon. Good thing she rode a bicycle to work. The cycle lane wasn’t so congested!
(280 characters)

By Willow at WillowDot21:
The taxi drivers were dropping like flies, suffering from stress! The queue was from purgatory to the gates.
St. Peter was hot and bothered, Michael and Gabriel had a good idea who had who had called every taxi in the city to
Battery Park. Adriel looked confused, Satan chuckled.
(278 Characters)

By John at The Magic Shop:
Holt finally found the cab he had been looking for. It had no no way out, being stuck in traffic. “Pop the trunk” Wills ordered one driver. “On who’s authority?” the driver said as Holt flashed his badge. The trunk opened. Wills found it filled with skulls and shackles. Holt got his man at last.
(299 characters)

By Enzo at Travel, Good Food, Arts and More:
Return Home
Exiting the station David got welcomed by huge queues of people trying to get a taxi to their destination. A Bank Holiday and the Notting Hill Carnival meant there was only controlled road traffic in the area. It seemed his return home was more adventurous than his holiday.
(275 characters)

By Jan at Strange Goings on in the Shed:
Conga Line
The line of taxis stretched beyond the horizon. If they were to win this dance marathon they had to keep in rhythm. The cup was taken from them last year, they had to reclaim it.
Zorba shouted encouragement over the radio, his heart almost bursting with pride. Go you Spartans!

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
The long line of taxis outside the airport was a familiar sight for John. It meant he was home at last. Ah! Home after ten long years away. Now to get into one of those taxis to get to his hotel.
Character count: 196

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Caught?
“Linda, grab the boy and follow me quickly.”
“Ron where are we going?”
“Get in the cab’s back seat and lay down! Both of you! The cab’s been here for days so they won’t expect it to be our getaway car.”
Ron grabs the cap and puts it on and he drives off with Linda and their son.
277 characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Why, Jimmy?
Jimmy and I had been friends forever; someone I could trust – or so I thought. When I showed him my replicating machine he promised he wouldn’t say anything – and he didn’t; but that morning as I drove up to the lab, I couldn’t believe what was driving out out of it. Why, Jimmy?
The End.  [281 characters]

By Anurag at Jagahdilmein:
Just Jammin’
The jam stretched on for miles, but there was no honking of horns, no loud grumblings of frustrated drivers or impatient passengers.
Everyone was just staring out of their windows, mouths wide open.
You would think that they’d never seen giant sloths crossing the road before.
279 characters

By Neel at Neel Writes Blog:
TAKE ME AWAY
“Sir, welcome aboard. Where do you want to go?”
“Anywhere”.
“Sir, the apps demands a destination. I’m sorry Sir, without you telling me where you want to go I won’t be able to drive.”
“Anywhere, man, just go any goddam  place as long as it takes me away from my wife.”
273 characters

By Ron at Read 4 Fun:
Medallion fees and Uber meant bankruptcy. Culik purchased taxis and permits cheap; they allowed access to airports. Instant communication app WA made sure he met assigned drugged passengers. Culik’s contract was for comatose bodies returned home to prove family honor restored.
277

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
A Dangerous Lady
The lady stepped out of her spacious hotel and hailed a cab. Instantly they lined up for her custom.  People called her Aphrodite. She always appeared kind but she was on the prowl for someone to manipulate. Who shall it be this time, a Chief Exec or maybe a President?
[263 Characters]

By Hayley at The Story Files:
Everyone thought the job was easy; drive people from A to B but Dec knew there was more to it. With twelve years under his belt, he found the waiting boring, nervous still collecting customers and traffic stressful.
That’s why he’d decided to give up and move to the coast to work on a boat.

By Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews, etc.:
Inching towards O’Hare as construction funneled traffic to one lane, Liz squinted and tapped “in 149” on her cell.
The reply was immediate. “Leave it.” Complying, she jumped out and fixed her contact lens. Too late she saw it was Taxi #159 where she had left the device…
276 characters

By Deb at Twenty Four:
“Some people would think the obvious when they looked at that lot?”
“Food, drinks, bathroom stops?”
“Exactly, but as I’ve tried to explain to that mob in there, that’s not how you get rich.”
“No?”
“No, I’m not here for a loan so I can feed that lot, I want to make a car that flies.”
(279 characters)

By Namitha at The Dame Writes:
Traffic Jam!
“Tom, look at the traffic jam on other side of the road”.
“Wow! Good that we decided to take this route, now its time to make fun of these losers”.
Just then the navigation device beeps ‘Your route has been recalculated, take a U-turn to reach your destination!’
Character count: 260

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
“Be your own boss.” they said.
“Choose your own hours.” they said.
“Meet lots of interesting people.” they said.
“Your earnings will double from the word go.” they said.
What they didn’t say was that I would spend the greater part of every damned day stuck in downtown traffic!
(273 characters)

By John at Broadsides:
Soon ve vill get rid of zem. Uber alles! Ve own ze cars, ve own ze technology, ve hav ze electricity, ve hav ze streets. Ve don’t need all zees drivers. Zey can to ze welfare go, to ze foodbanks go. Driverless cars! Zay vill all be unemployed, uber alles, Ve vill be rich.

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
See You Soon!
Sniff! Sniff! Bye, bye granny! Please don’t go.
Tears rolling down the eyes.
Turning around, dad was nowhere to be found.
Panicky grandma, granddaughter clutching each other’s hands.
A candy for you, my brave girl! Cheer up! Let’s wave to your grandmother with a smile.
See you soon!
278 characters.


Wonderful roundup everyone! Such creativity! Thanking for taking time to join the challenge! I truly do look forward to reading your tales every week! This week, I give you this intriguing photo by Felipe Ribeiro at Pexels.com. I’m not sure what it is, but it has a post-modern, other-worldly feel to it. Or maybe it’s an everyday object through the eyes of an insect! Ha! Whatever it is, if you’re up for the challenge, tell me the story here, in 280 characters or less, and I’ll see you next week! Happy writing! 😊


Twittering Tales #150 – 20 August 2019

Photo by Felipe Ribeiro at Pexels.com

The Lottery

The lottery was held a week before the meteor collision. One million souls would be selected, with the winners being notified privately.

Days passed and neighbor’s eyed each other suspiciously. But no one seemed to have made the cut. No one, but the leaders and their families.

~kat

278 Characters


Twittering Tales #149 – 13 August 2019

Twittering Tales
About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

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 charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


Twittering Tales #148 -The Roundup

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Photo by David Reed at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…

The Anniversary
They were losing altitude fast. Jon held Sarah’s hand tightly as the treetops cracked under the belly of the craft.
“It’ll be okay,” he assured her.
Sarah turned to him, her eyes flooded with tears, “It was perfect anniversay gift Jon. Thank you so much. I love y…”
276 characters

The Fly By
Ned tapped the pilot’s shoulder. “Can we do a fly over my granny’s house? It’s just past that grove of trees, the one with the pool.”
“Sure thing,” the pilot smiled.
As they neared the property Ned gasped, “Oh my god! GRANNY!”
Down below Granny was sunbathing poolside…naked!
276 characters

By The Dark Netizen:
Their Culture
“Oh God! Are we really going there?”
Yup.
“You realise they are uneducated tribals right?”
Yes. Very little is known about them. We can learn and share their culture with the world.
*2 hours later*
“Is keeping us locked in cages a part of their culture?!”
So is cannibalism, I’m sure…
Character Count: 280

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
A Change of Heart
They’d been stuck on the island for seven years. At first, they’d hated each other. She thought he had a massive chip on his shoulder and he thought she was terribly stuck up.
It was only when the helicopter came to rescue them, did they realise they never wanted to be apart.
[277 Characters]

By Naonato at Honing Skills and Loving the Ride: (A take on week 147’s Beach Scene)
R & R
Rush & Relax!
We’ve been dealing with traffic for 3 hours so we can queue to swim in the over-human-populated water, with too much toxic sunscreen and barely a reef or fish in site; other than the ornaments on peoples necks and the batter-covered fish a few feet away. Now relax!
character count: 280

By Ramya at And Miles to Go Before I Sleep:
Mysterious Journey
“Are you sure this is the place?”
I think so…
“You have a map.. right? ”
Huh.. Yes
“Show it to me..”
*staring at the map in disbelief and panicking*
This is a page from Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. Not a real map!!! We are dead…
Character Count : 233

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Maiden Flight
The little boy’s parents gasped while he cried out; the birthday surprise was morphing into a nightmare.
The hovering helicopter wobbled drunkenly before nosediving.
Screams sounded out at once.
The father picked up the toy helicopter and, after a brief check, announced “It’s OK!”
(278 characters)

By Reena at ReInventions:
The Only Way to Go
“He cannot carry the weight of his bloated ego anymore.”
The watercooler gossip was both dejected and vicious. My colleagues couldn’t take the humiliation and abuse any more.
“Wait for it to take a nosedive. It is the only way to go from that altitude.”
(252 characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Down There
Helicopter patrol above the big city park was fairly routine. A fracas of some sort every few days, an occasional fender-bender. Mostly boring.
“Down there,” Sam pointed to a small clearing between the trees. He picked up the radio mic. “Rape in progress at Hippie Hill. Respond.”
(279 characters)

By Willow at WillowDot21:
The Accident
The helicopter hovered above the trees, expertly piloted. It had been flying for two hours then in a moment of inattention from the pilot it clipped a tree. Sending it crashing to the ground.
“OMG. Billy, Dads going to go mad when he sees the mess we’ve made of his new toy.”
(277 Characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
THE HELICOPTER
“This’ll flush them out”, I insisted.
“Not a chance in hell”, you sneered.
I piloted the drone remotely, whilst checking the images on my phone. From here at least it looked impressive.
It’s not the size or noise of the beast that matters.
“Once we localise them, it’ll be game over!”
(280 chars)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Now look what you’ve done!
The blades have torn a hole in the sky!
65 characters

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Inside and Outside
“I’ve been reading about the Manson murders,” Ed told Sue. “It says the Manson family symbolized the reality of evil and the Woodstock era represented its pretty camouflage. Beware the sugar coated Trojan horse.” Just then there was violent turbulence.
(253 characters)

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Double Double Cross
Intel learned rebel HQ was in a bunker under the orchard. Double Agent Ripley led the raid team, in specialized helicopters. As they landed on the other side of the hill from the orchard, Ripley slit the pilot’s throat. The rebels waiting to begin their ambush got her signal to move.
[287 characters]

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It:
Caught?
They heard the helicopter overhead. Ron glanced at the sleeping boy and then at Linda.
“I think Nan may have spilled the beans. She was the only one who knew where we were.”
“Oh Ron, why would she do that to us? We’ve been friends for so long.”
“She didn’t want to go down alone.”
277 characters

By Anurag at Jagahdilmein:
Bang for the Buck
“Mom, can I please go back to my Video Game now?”
“Just a few more minutes sweety, keep making those weird sounds and waving your arms.”
“But our team needs me.”
“So do they on the helicopter, son. They’ve paid top dollars for a peek into the life of an authentic indigenous tribe.”
280 characters.

By Radhika at Radhika’s Reflection:
Gratitude!
A pilot for a decade now, this was a routine sortie for Jim. The sudden technical snag led the chopper to nose dive. Experience helped him crash land safely.
The brush with death changed his perspective to life. He started living each day of life to the fullest, with gratitude!
Letter count 279

By Shweta at My Random Ramblings:
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Below them, the rushing floodwaters raged and roared, leaving a muddy, crumbling mess in its wake.
Stunned into silence, they watched helplessly as the water level continued to rise.
They were trapped.
“Look, look! It’s a chopper!”
The tired, trembling crowd heaved a collective sigh.
(280 characters)

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Zoom
Ground work for the rumoured multi- storeyed building, progressing in a hush hush manner.
Growl!!! Growl!!!
The roar from the app scared off the builders.
Environmentalists exchanging smug glances from above.
How many tricks would they have to play until the builders see light?
274 characters

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
Winning the lottery meant that they could indulge themselves. So on a crazy impulse, James booked a helicopter ride over the Central Park in New York. It was amazing experience till half an hour into the trip, the pilot warned them to be prepared for air turbulence. Oops!
Character count: 274

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The contrail had been there for 3 days.
Mike had to take a sample to see why it failed to dissipate.
As they approached, he could see that it was made up of tiny ant like creatures.
He felt a bite on his wrist, and screamed in horror as they started to devour him, and the aircraft!
(280 characters)

By Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews, Etc.:
The Search…
“I see smoke, maybe a campfire!”
“Can you get closer?”
“Bringing it down — I see red. You said she was wearing red?”
“Yep, red hoodie and jeans.”
The helicopter dipped.
“Houston, we have a problem,” the pilot said drily as his runaway wife hightailed it for the woods.
277 characters

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Clear blue skies and a crisp breeze, we couldn’t ask for better condition I tell you.
I know some of you were reluctant, but you have to admit it wasn’t the worst decision you ever made, was it?
Ok, so I’m blind but I tell you whoever said I couldn’t fly a helicopter can go jump.
(279 characters)

By John at Broadsides:
Whiteman not welcome
The NSA were furious. The Indians had stopped using the internet, and they could not decode smoke signals, only disrupt such messages with the beating blades of their helicopters, flying across the pipelines over their ancestral lands. But the message was simple. “Go back to where you came from”.

By Hayley at The Story Files:
The trees moved violently as if stuck by a giant when the chopper flew close to them. The noise of the whirling blades blocked out all of sound but then the emergency bleeping went off.
People watched in horror as the helicopter failed to land and crashed into the forest.


Another great Roundup! I enjoyed reading ever single one! Well, I always do. It’s amazing what on can do with 280 characters! Thank you once again for taking part. This week’s photo by wal_172619 at pixabay.com has so many tales to tell. Traffic…stories from the cabbies…a missed flight or important appointment…hmmm. I’m looking forward to your tales this week. See you at next week’s round up. And by all means, have fun! 😊


Twittering Tales #149 – 13 August 2019

 

Photo by Wal_172619 @ picabay.com

After years behind a desk, Ellie decided to make a change. Sure, she could’ve gone Uber or Lyft, but her old clunker was a wreck. At “Checkered” they provided the wheels and a paycheck.

She had some wild stories. Like that time she delivered twins. Too bad I’m out of characters…

~kat

280 characters…darn!


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