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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!


Twittering Tales #148 – August 6, 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 #147 -The Roundup

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Photo by enriquelopezgarre at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…
Toast
foolish naysayers will cry
thinning ozone is a lie
they boast global warming’s a hoax
but the mercury’s rising
polar ice caps are melting
the sea’s swelling over the coast
people gathering in droves
strip off all of their clothes
sizzling on sand bars like toast
~kat
254 Characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Ants
Crom, an interstellar vagabond parasite, was told to, “Get out of Dodge” with an uncanny regularity.
Crom entered the Milky Way and saw edible bugs on Earth. As a shape shifter, he became clouds and waited to guzzle. Today his huge nozzle lowered; he began to eat the “ants.”
[276 characters]

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Group Think
The long weekend holidays were here so they took half day off from work. They thought they set off early enough to beat the holiday crowd.
They thought wrong.
The beach was packed when they reached.
Everyone else had the same idea too.
Humankind was not any different from sardines.
(280 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
THE SEASIDE
I savour my morning coffee and watch the news.
Childhood memories return of the seaside; sand-castles, vanilla ice-cream, and donkey rides.
Now you wouldn’t see me dead in those crowds. It looks like somewhere in hell.
The twins bounce in excitedly.
Can we go to the seaside Daddy?
(277 characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Second Honeymoon
Honey, what’s wrong? I thought you’d be thrilled.
This is not what I expected when you said you wanted to take me on a romantic second honeymoon.
But, baby, this is one of the most popular beach resorts in the world.
Yes, and one of the most crowded. Where’s the romance in that?
(276 characters)

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
The Photo
‘Found this in the ruins.’ He stared at the picture. ‘Humans; half-naked. Wonder if it’s some kind of religious ceremony?’
‘Don’t know, don’t care. Just throw it in the burn pile already.’
‘Yeah, sure.’ He turned as if to comply, then deftly slipped it into his pocket.
CC: 267

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
The Odds Are You Won’t Live to See Tomorrow
“I feel like Patrick McGoohan’s John Drake character in ‘Secret Agent,’ ” Al told Fred. “Drinking, womanizing.” “Remember one catch though,” his friend said. “That line in the Johnny Rivers song is ‘swingin’ on the Riviera one day, then layin’ in a Bombay alley next day.’
(278 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
“You’re joking, right? I mean, we live within a stone’s throw of a clean sandy beach.
We can swim or sunbathe without having to fight for space.
What the hell possessed you ????”
‘It was free,’ he said sheepishly.
210 characters


Twittering Tales # 147 – 30 July 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 #146 -The Roundup

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Cenote Cave in the Yukatan by mattiaverga at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…

Remembering…
Sandra hoped to quell the nightmares that had haunted her for years in the cool waters of Ik Kil. As she floated in the pristine pool, the sound of drums and chanting filled her head. This place felt oddly familiar, terrifying, peaceful as she remembered she’d been here before.
~kat
278 Characters

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Toy Story
‘Daddy’s killed all my toys,’ Sabrina sobbed into her mother’s shoulder.
Aster glared at her husband.
‘They were draining resources,’ he explained. ‘It won’t be long before other humans find the Pool child, and then you can have some new ones.’
242 characters.

By Willow at WillowDot21:
The Last Farewell
Opening her eyes she was free, no more pain not even that of leaving them behind.
One last look at all she had done and written, she saw all the people she had touched. He was there young and fit and smiling at her. Come he said let’s dive the water is so clear. Together they did.
(280 Characters)

By Tien at From the Window Seat: 
Frogs in a Pot
The swimmers enjoyed themselves in the limestone pool, splashing around in the cooling waters. The summer sun continued its relentless heat waves.
None of them noticed the rising temperature of the limestone waters until it was too late.
By then, sukiyaki was ready to be served.
(277 characters)

By The Dark Netizen:
Miracle Pool
The pool had earned a solid reputation.
Its waters slowed aging. The rich flocked to swim in the pool. They paid the hefty entry fees and swore by the effects. Only years later did they discover the village drainage pipes connecting to the pool.
The villagers avenged their past….
Character Count: 280

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Zoo
“There are so many, Mommy,” Sara said as she and her mother looked down at the tropical pond from the catwalk high above.
“It’s hard to believe there were only a dozen when we brought them here before their planet became uninhabitable,” her mother said. “All they do is procreate.”
(280 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
CENOTE
My body screamed at me not to enter but my heart urged me in.
Magical and captivating sight. Sun caressed bodies at play on the limpid water.
Water that had dragged my beautiful boy into its dark depths the fateful day of his dive into that abyss.
Tears of joy when he was rescued.
(278 chars)

By Reena at ReInventions:
Making of a Criminal
This toy gives me immense satisfaction, especially while watching WWF on television.
I treat my enemies the way I want to. It is catharsis.
Today, I see them swimming out of the well. Maybe, they have a soul… but they failed to see mine. I push them back again.
(259 characters)

By Dave at @DaveMadden:
The Oasis
“How much farther?”
“It should be just up ahead.”
“We have been walking forever and haven’t seen a soul. How can you be so sure?”
“Trust me. We’re almost there, and we’ll have the whole oasis to ourselves.”
“I thought you said we’d be alone out here.”
“Umm…”
“I’m going to the car.”
Character Counts: 278

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Pool of Souls
The last thing Sha saw was a man with a syringe. Waking, she found herself on a stone ledge near a round pool of deep water surrounded by tall sheer rocks. Looking up, Shar saw sunshine, green, and water falling.
“Where am I?” she asked.
“The Afterlife Pool – waiting to return.”

By Jellico’s Writing Nook:
These Days
They were told not to swim there, but did they listen…Nooo.
Now look at them, covered head to foot in slime. It’s a disgrace.
Adults these days, I tell ya…

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Big Decision
The battle had reached its climax. The World War I flying ace was forced into an emergency ejection from his plane. “The Red Baron will never get me,” he announced into his radio. He jumped, opened his parachute, and hoped for the best as he cascaded into the unknown.
(273 characters)

By Ron at Read 4 Fun:
Long Drought. Hands appeared around the edge of our world. Plants and shade appeared. A far-away voice, “Ready, turn on the tap.” Water flowed gently from several sources. The ground inundated quickly; water levels rose. Hope it stops before flooding. Man-made climate change.
276 characters

By Anurag at Jagadilmein:
Tourist Trap
“Are you guys having fun?” the tour guide shouted from above.
The cacophonous response that followed, gave him his answer.
“That’s great,” he yelled back, “because you guys could be stuck down there for a long, long time if your folks delay paying up your ransom.”
264 characters

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Keep Going
Banyan tree’s nature to sprout from the seeds that land on other trees by smothering them, can either be seen as selfish nature of the banyan or tenacity to survive no matter the circumstances. The perseverance to keep going in tiring times is the positive side to the coin.
274 characters

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
Love, Extinguished
It was a beautiful spot; Couples arrived at the secluded pool through a candle-lit passage. He’d had to scout hard to find the opening at the top.
Since she’d rejected him, he’d planned his revenge. The click of the trigger echoed in that bowl-shaped hollow. So did the screams.
[279 Characters]

By Linda at Charmed Chaos:
The Feast
The last addition to John’s living aquarium arrives tonight. These oddities are prized; amazing what millions of dollars can buy. The truck arrives and the iron gate opens. From high above John shouts ‘Let the creature loose!’
It slides into the water and the bloody feast begins.

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
They were there to get whole and healed again. All that was required was to jump into the hot water of the pool with the absolute faith that it will heal all their physical ailments . Uma and her husband held hands and jumped in, letting go of the crutches they were carrying.
Character count; 271

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
The Landing
Landing at Cenote Cave in the Yukatan was a great place to hide. Being out of the country makes it hard for the over-seas cops to track them down.
“Did you hide the goods, Ron?”
“Yes, and where’s the kid?”
“Taking advantage of the pools.”
“Hope he sleeps tonight. Suspicions arising.”
280 characters

By Rekha at Invictus:
Welcome to the Party
We hung around the edges of the pool as the bodies fell in one after another.
Like them, we had been pleasantly surprised that our captors chose to dump us in such breathtakingly beautiful, clear waters. We’d also wondered if they were villainous at all. The cool, fresh water had washed our fears away and we had swum about happily. Until our skin started burning, then itching and to our utter horror, peeling off.
Warning the newcomers was pointless. One dip was all it took.

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Mark grinned, “It’s perfect, do you think anyone will realise?”
“Of course they will, that’s the whole point, to be astounded by what we’ve achieved.”
“They look so realistic though.”
“Exactly,” Mary stated caustically, “Until we pull the strings.”
“And the marionettes come to life.”

By Indhu at Always:
Our Abode
“Well, they seem to be happy and relaxing”, said He.
“Yeah”, said the other one.
“This is our right and why are WE hiding from them?” added He.
“It is time to show them their place!”
The extraterrestrials gather to plan the wipe out of all humans from their planet.
<263 characters>

By Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews:
The Gift
Papa, it’s wonderful!
Well, it’s not everyday that a prince turns 10, now is it?
May I make the puppets move?
Puppets? Oh, no, son, they’re not toys. They’re tiny subjects I had created just for you.  Now, be gentle —
I’m making this one fly!
Wilhelm, no — his arm!
275 characters

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
She collected, and bred, carnivorous plants all her life, and was considered an expert.
She thought she had every type until offered a gigantic pitcher plant she had never seen before.
She was delighted with the new acquisition, and decided to name it after the donor, Herman Trapp!
(280 characters)

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
Echo Lake Park
Skyscrapers rise
through the dusty
skies
around Echo
Lake Park.
Ripples of water collide
as children splash and
dive,
and swim to shore.
126 Characters

By John at Broadsides:
What we can do is build a lift, a glass lift, rising up and down between the apartments we can cut into the rock face, all-glass fronts, and a beautiful water slide curling and twisting into the pool, and maybe a hot tub. All we need is planning permission.


What a diverse array of tales this week! It’s fascinating how many versions of a story can develop from one photo! Thank you to everyone who tweeted this week! For this week a familiar scene, I’m thinking. You can write about our global heat wave like I did… or maybe there’s someone amidst the throng who is living out a dramatic story only you can tell! Have fun with it! Keep cool! And I’ll see you at next week’s round up! 😊


Twittering Tales # 147 – 30 July 2019

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Photo by enriquelopezgarre at Pixabay.com

Toast

foolish naysayers will cry
thinning ozone is a lie
they boast global warming’s a hoax
but the mercury’s rising
polar ice caps are melting
the sea’s swelling over the coast
people gathering in droves
strip off all of their clothes
sizzling on sand bars like toast

~kat

254 Characters


Twittering Tales #146 – 23 July 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 #145 -The Roundup

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Photo by Zoë Pappas at Pexels.com

Starting us off…
The Deal
“So, Norman. Do we have a deal?”
“Let me get this straight. All’s I need to do is vote for your guy, an’ I get the cash?”
“That’s right.”
“OK! Where do I sign?”
“Right here.”
“Quickest cash I ever made.”
“Now about your soul…”
“My what?! Wait a…”
“Fine print Norman, fine print.”
~kat
276 Characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Not So Fast
John sat across the table from me; paper was ready. A look of triumph distorted his usual sour expression.
“Ms. Smith, once you sign, you’re admitting gross insubordination and will no longer work here.”
I held up a DVD.
“Not signing. Judge will want to see your hand on my ass.”
[280 characters]

By The Dark Netizen:
Deal
I waited for the old man to finish reading.
He looked at me and smiled.
“I’m glad for this offer. I’ve wanted to get rid of that piece of land for many years now. Are you sure though? The land is useless.”
I nodded and smiled as he signed the papers.
We had a place for the bodies…
Character Count: 280

By Amritha at Igniting Hope:
The Signature
Her signature was worth a million dollars bringing smiles to many faces. Though she found her job mundane and hectic, one thought keeps her going – The thin line of difference when a signature turns into an autograph! With this thought she signed off in style.
(260 characters)

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Christian:
The Proposition
He was charming and handsome, yet when he invited her to his apartment amongst the rowdy throng, she felt repulsed.
His gold wedding ring glinted tellingly. No doubt it would be the old saga of a wife that doesn’t understand him.
She needed an escape, after all, he was the boss.
[280 Characters]

By Willow at WillowDot21:
The Rant Speech
I am right you are wrong a lot of people like what I am doing . I am so popular. Those who don’t agree should get out of the U. S. Go home and sort their own governmental catastrophes.
Don’t bother coming here if you don’t agree with me. If you don’t like me leave. I am incharge.
(279 Characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Verdict
The assistant district attorney listened to the defense attorney’s closing argument. He tried to look calm and collected, knowing that his future with the DA’s office rested on the outcome of this case. But looking at the jury, he knew that the verdict wouldn’t be going his way.
(279 characters)

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Misconception
Who knew
unleashing Armageddon
wasn’t a button-push
but a scrawled slash
of ink on the
document of death.
(104)

By Reena at ReInventions:
The Devil Wears Red
“Black appears to be your favorite color, Mr.President?” The journo wanted to end the conversation on a lighter personal note.
“Yes. It’s formal, it’s dark, it’s distant and honest.”
“Honest?”
“I’ve never understood why Devils wear a red tie.”

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Pip felt uncomfortable under his gaze. The wedding ring was new.
Did he recognise her from the one night stand last week?
120 characters

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
She Gets a Second Chance
“We only met the day of Apollo 11, so I don’t remember him well,” Kammy said. “All I know is that he’s married and left handed. I wonder how things will go when we meet again. ”
“Oh well,” Ciara sighed. “I hope for your sake you get it right this time.”
(257 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
Sean posed his manicured hands delicately. His pen was cradled softly between his fingers. His ring was so polished it almost sparkled.
Her slightly tanned skin was silky soft.
Her heart fluttered.
She closed her eyes and mentally nodded.
Sean had become Sally.
(261 chars)

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
A Chance
The pen in her hand urged her to sign. The ring in her finger reminded her of her responsibility. Not for herself and her partner, but for the kids they brought into this world. Tearing the papers, she dialled their counselor’s number. Taking chances was how life was meant to be.
280 characters

By Jellico at Jellico’s Writing Nook: (Newbie Jellico wrote two tales. One for two weeks ago and one for last week! Enjoy!)
Acid Bath (For TT #144)
‘Did you see how nice he looked?’
‘The mortician was good.’
‘Looked like wax.’
‘Clay… definitely clay.’
‘I heard his entire face melted off.’
‘Hydrochloric acid will do that.’
‘How did it happen?’
‘Wife caught him banging her best friend.’
Char. Cnt: 234 + Title

The Letter (For TT #145)
It wasn’t easy.
It was never easy.
In fact, it was the hardest thing he’d ever had to write.
‘It is with my sincere regret…’
Damn. He hated writing these letters. Words seldom, if ever, consoled. Sigh…
‘… was killed in the line of duty…’
Sniff. Pause.
Char Cnt: 257 + Title.

By Dave at @DaveMadden:
Click
Click-click. Click-click.
I wondered how the room could ignore this eardrum assault?
“Hey Carl, can I borrow your pen?”
“Man…it’s out of ink,” and I chucked it in the trash can behind me.
Kathy offered him a new pen, a standard Bic. Relief…
Does nobody hear him tapping the table?
Character Count: 278

By By Pratibha at Prat’s Corner:
My Stroy

“Take all the time you want,” he said encouragingly, pushing the paper and pen along with it, towards me.
If only I had, I thought.
I knew I had to do this soon, if not right away. So, after years of hiding behind silence, I wrote the “story” all wanted to hear,but not the truth.

By Anurag at Jagahdilmein:
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Ed looked at the pen in his hand wistfully. Use it well, and he could become a billionaire.
But the cost…
Well, a guilty conscience never killed anyone, Ed thought to himself…unlike a pen, as he jabbed it into his wife’s neck, and became the sole owner of her vast estate.
278 characters

By Rekha at Invictus:
Ringing Clarity
Sell? My million-dollar start-up baby?
I’ll have zero say, heck, no identity!
Why can’t I decide?
Why can’t I have it all?
Who’s calling NOW?
Gemma, I told you not….
a-ga….a-d-a…gurgle…
Da-daa-deeeee…
That was easy, I smiled as I signed.
It’s not every day that my son called me daddy….
Character Count: 278

By Linda at Charmed Chaos:
The Wish
“Are you sure about this, Beau?”
“Yes.”
“Once you sign, the change is immediate, and there is no going back.”
“I understand completely.”
He signs his name, and in a burst of light, there is nothing on the table but a watch and gold ring.
A dog sat in the chair.
“Beau, is that you?”

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
He was listening intently to the arguments from both sides. This was his first case as a Supreme Court judge. How proud his parents would have been if they were alive today. Sitting on the Supreme Court bench was a great accomplishment, even if he was favoring the government.
Character count; 276

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Flying the Coop!
“Did you hear about Dan,” Jules asked.
“The cops picked him up,” Ron said. “I wonder if he will spill his guts?”
“Just what we need,” Linda said. “Ron we should get out of here before he does talk.”
“OK, pack the kid and the stuff and let’s get moving. No sense taking a chance.”
276 characters

By JP at JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer:
Eyes That See
“Your aunt left you everything, including this,” he held a plastic bag, “said you’d know.”
Di gingerly accepted the bag containing her aunt’s eyes and dropped it into her purse. Di cast the spell to show her the last image from the eyes, her aunt’s killer. She screamed only once.
character count 279

By Hayley at The Story Files:
The Pen
The lawyer set himself up, clicked on his pen and began to write as his client talked. Suddenly, he noticed that his words were disappearing on the page. Frowning, he looked at the pen, it seemed normal enough but it wasn’t, it was filled with invisible ink and his client’s demands had vanished.

By John at Broadsides:
We’ll buy 250 million pounds worth of your missiles, of course, to maintain peace, but if you don’t t ask too many questions then on top of the contractual commission we will pay an additional 25% into your nominated Cayman island account. Do we have a deal Minister?

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
The Message
He tapped the pen twice on the paper before naming philosophers. He and his friend deconstructed and debated the arguments all day.
Homeland Security thought their discussion was insightful, not realising their target had disclosed national secrets in the coded exchange.
(270 characters)

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
The 10-second Memoir
Before Prozac, I once stormed the streets of this City like a mob with conviction, like a Godzilla in search of King Kong.
118 Characters

By The Indie She:
Justice
He stood alone.His fate rested with the man holding the sleek black pen in his blue veined smooth hands flashing a Cartier on a silky cuffed wrist.He had unearthed the nefarious activities of some and was made the scapegoat. Maybe the man in expensive suit would do him justice!
(278 characters)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
He was delighted when a donor hand had been found, after his own had been crushed. Perfect!
He was delighted when there were no complications. Perfect!
He was delighted that the hand matched in colour and size. Perfect!
It was perfect in every way, but one!
It was trying to kill him!
(280 characters)

By Deb at Twenty Four:
“I tell you it’s all wrong.”
“What, it’s pretty standard, isn’t it?”
“Exactly.”
“Alright I’m taking the bait, care to explain?”
“Well when you look at the still what’s thing that comes to mind?”
“The legal system.”
“Exactly.”
“But it’s a show about the legal system.”
“Is it? Oh.”

By Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith:
Day of Reckoning
Greg chuckled nervously. He had prepared for this; he had–for all of about five minutes in the men’s room while waiting for his name to be called. His mouth was drier than the Sahara in July. The silence in the room was deafening. “Well,” he said finally, “am I in the will?”
276-characters

By Neel at Neel Writes Blog:
CLASH OF VIEWS
“Don’t do what, Sejal?” It’s only a contract”.
“Don’t sign on it. It’s our death sentence, Vikki. It’s…”.
“How on earth is taking our business to Europe a death sentence?”
“It’s a ploy. Can’t you see…”
“No, I see what you can’t see and there’s no cure for paranoia”.
(277 characters)

By Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews;
Parole Board
My heart pounds as I draw a breath.
Yes, Ms. Gray? Something to add?
No, sir, I think my papers are all there.
So it seems. The guard will take you back. The Parole Board will rule next month,
No, please!  They said today!
234 characters


Thank you everyone for making this week one of our best yet! Once again, you have outdone yourselves. This week’s roundup is fantastic! For our next challenge this intriguing photo of a Cenote Cave in the Yukatan by mattiaverga at Pixabay.com. These secret underground caverns are formed when limestone caves in, leaving a hole in the earth that leads to a pool of often gorgeous turquoise-colored water. Some cenotes (pronounced cey-NO-tays and derived from a Mayan word for “well”) are part of a massive underground network of rivers and caves that remain, for the large part, unexplored. For Inspiration, read more about these amazing “pools” HERE.

Have fun! See you at the roundup next week. 😊


Twittering Tales #146 – 23 July 2019

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Cenote Cave in the Yukatan by mattiaverga at Pixabay.com

Remembering…

Sandra hoped to quell the nightmares that had haunted her for years in the cool waters of Ik Kil. As she floated in the pristine pool, the sound of drums and chanting filled her head. This place felt oddly familiar, terrifying, peaceful as she remembered she’d been here before.

~kat

278 Characters


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