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Twittering Tales #157 – 8 October 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 #157 – 8 October 2013
Photo Prompt by noelsch at Pixabay.com

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Photo by noelsch at Pixabay.com

“Coffee, I need coffee,” Marcus grumbled as his head bobbed, smacking the metal desk.

As the java brewed, monitors in the observation room started flashing. The alarm system blared. The sprinkler system busted loose. The lights popped to dark.

“Shoulda made tea,” Marcus hissed.

~kat

280 Characters


Twittering Tales #156 – The Roundup

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Photo by David Cardinez@ pixabay.com

Starting us off…

Don’t Feed The Bears…
Where are the keys?!
I thought you had them.
Why would I have them? It’s your car!
Because you said you were driving when the bear showed up. Oh god! They’re in my
purse…out there! Now what?!
I guess we wait.
Do you think he knows we’re here?
Don’t look behind you! He knows!
~kat
275 Characters

By Lady Lee at Lady Lee Manila:
Flash news, there’s a bear
By the road I swear
Stamp his paws with a grunt
I could hear his wail
Crossing the rail
I might have a stroke with this stunt

I’ve got a phobia
Bear and zoophobia
Start the car, here’s the key
Then I heard a shot
Went down on the spot
Carry bear back to the zoo*
(277 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
A family trip
Family outings to the zoo were fun, but we preferred, by far, the wildlife park.
We always headed straight to the bears.
We saw one approaching.
I turned to the children in the back seat.
“Isn’t he majestic!”
I heard the click of the back door as it opened.
I screamed.
“The kids lock!”
(279 chars)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Fig Newtons
Look, Dad, a bear is coming toward our car.
Wait, why are you closing the windows, Dad? I was going to give the bear some of my Fig Newtons. I bet he’s hungry.
Why aren’t you supposed to feed the bears, Dad? I’m getting out of the car so I can feed him some Fig Newtons.
Dad, HELP!
(279 characters)

By Reena at ReInventions:
Mmm…
“Isn’t he cute, Mama?”
“Yes. He is. But you can’t cuddle him like a soft toy. Keep your hands in.”
Click. Click….
Humans…. They never understand we’re a friendly lot treated well. Their interest ends after
a few click sounds. I fancy the cute kid, though .. soft, must be yummy…. mmm
(280 characters)

By Jim at Mindscapes.net:
Not Your Typical Watchdog
“What’s the deal with your uncle anyway? He always has to over do everything!”
“NORMAL people have a watch DOG, not a bear!”
“The least he could do is call that thing off now that he knows we are here.”
“I know we should have called before driving out here but really?”
266 characters

By Mike at The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All:
Two Juniors
We had only really wanted just to see them in their Natural Habitat, outside of the cruel and seemingly unnecessary bars of the jail like zoo. Surely, we thought, they weren’t actually as dangerous and wild as we’ve been told on those Nature Shows. “Honey, where is junior?”
(274 characters)

By Jaq at JaquintinWriter:
Morning commute
Yepp!
Running late
Detour ahead
Back roads sign
Drivers beware
Black bears crossing
Phew!
Glove compartment spare
Trail mix fruit and nut bars
Bear’s toll cross road one nature bar
Picture transaction captured for souvenir.
cc: 228

By Angie at The World of Words:
By The Roadside
“Daddy, what’s that?”
“Dangerous son, stay out of sight… Wait, where are you going?”
The bigger bear could only look on as his cub walked out the bush and up to the metal thing.
The humans inside reacted by screaming.
Daddy bear smiled, “at least they weren’t hunters!”
Character count: 264

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
The trip to the Yellow Stone park would stay forever in my memory. The cub who had wandered on the road in the park looked so cute and innocent. I got out of the car to take a picture of it despite a warning from my husband. I saw the mama bear coming just in time to escape.
Character count: 273

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Hitchhiker
“No time to explain, get in and drive!” the black bear growled.
Surprised by the talking bear rather than startled, the man instinctively obeyed. “Where are we going?” he asked politely.
“The Rockies. My friends are having a potluck dinner so I’m bringing you!” the bear replied.
(277 characters)

By Suzette at Suzette B’s Blog:
The other side
No time for photo opportunity today. I just want to get to the other side–To my special summer place. There, the cool waters bear plenty of salmon at this time of day. I pause, give a respectful glance, get my bearings, then tip toe around, to the other side.
Total characters: 277

By Rugby at The Bag Lady:
Aftermath at the hospital—
I’m telling you, I read the badge!
What badge?
The one he was wearing! Joe winced as the nurse was finishing up the lengthy stitches in his arm.
I read it – “feed me!”.
The park ranger snorted. “Bears are a lot smarter than you think—scratched off “Don’t”.
280 characters

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Ah, the Meals on Wheels service has arrived. I’ll just call the gang!
69 characters.

By Joem at Does Writing Excuse Watching?:
New Staff
notice: due to tight budget we are forced to reduce park staff and rely on volunteers for cleanup and security. please be patient as they settle in, and observe the following rules: do not feed staff. staff accepts cash only. do not fraternize with staff. thank you.

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Truly A Legendary Story
Goldilocks’, and the Three Bears’, descendants are awfully posh. They’ve taken to staging an annual reenactment of their famous moment. Tickets are prohibitively expensive. To have seen it live is to be a part of the elite in their world. I wish I could.
(258 characters) 

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
Giving the Forest Back to the Animals
“Look, Mama, a bear!” declared young Jonathan from the backseat! I cried, as I watched the animal roaming free in his natural habitat. Cutting down trees for houses and strip malls has ended. Giving the forest back to the animals is the most humane gesture we have ever made.
(276 characters)

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It:
Bear In The Road
“Found a bum and an old car that runs. We could go back to the amusement park and camp out in the shed again,” Ron says. Linda agreed and they piled in the car and headed out. No one seemed to be following them. “Is that a bear in the road?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Well drive around it.”
276 characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Kitty
Yes, I remember when we took the kids to Yellowstone, back when black bears roamed freely across the road; often blocking cars for handouts. Timmy was only 3 at the time. I recall looking back and seeing Timmy roll down the window, pointing and crying out, “Kitty! Kitty!”
[275 characters]

By Deb at Twenty Four:
“Can we go to Canada?”
“Why?”
“I want to see the bears.”
“They’re not like Yogi, you know?”
“I know, can we go?”
“Only if you promise not to do something stupid.”
“Like what?”
“Like trying to get out the car when you see one so you can get the perfect picture.”
“Who me?”
“Who else?”

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
Barely Believable
As they drove along the quiet forest road, Dorothy was startled to see something waving ahead. She’d seen hitch-hikers before but not like this one.
A huge bear was waving her down!
She considered herself a nature lover so she decided to stop.
What’s the worst that could happen?
[280 Characters]

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Bruno was really very pleased with his new SUV.
It wasn’t the precise colour he’d wanted, but the layout was superb, and the extras far surpassed any other make.
It was the first car to be fitted with a bathroom.
Bruno could now answer the age old question with “No, in the car!”
(276 characters)

By John at Broadsides:
“Ohh, goldilocks, what lovely seat covers, they remind me of my mother. She disappeared about a year ago. She told me to run and there were some loud bangs, haven’t seen her since, those covers look very familiar. “
Why are you crying now?

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
After the last incident, the park rangers put up warning signs:
Keep your distance. Please don’t feed their addiction to selfies.
(130)


Excellent tales this week everyone. Thank you for joining the challenge! I am a bit scarce here on WordPress right now. I’m in the middle of insane hours at work, tending to my menagerie, and trying to find a new home (required by my partner’s health who can no longer manage the stairs and requiring some major downsizing, and getting our current house ready for market). It’s a little stressful and words are elusive right now. But have no fear, I will keep this challenge going. I hope to sit down with the Muse soon for a tete-a-tete. Until then, peace and kindness to you. And I will see YOU at the roundup next week! 🙂


Twittering Tales #156 – 1 October 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 #156 – The Photo Prompt

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Photo by David Cardinez@pixabay.com

Don’t Feed The Bears…

Where are the keys?!

I thought you had them.

Why would I have them? It’s your car!

Because you said you were driving when the bear showed up. Oh god! They’re in my purse…out there! Now what?!

I guess we wait.

Do you think he knows we’re here?

Don’t look behind you! He knows!

~kat

275 Characters


Now it’s your turn! Tell your own twittering tale in 280 characters or less, using the photo above by David Cardinez@pixabay.com as inspiration, and be included in next week’s roundup! And speaking of roundups, be sure to check out last week’s fantastic tales! Thank you to everyone who participated! Have a great week! 😊


Twittering Tales #155 – The Roundup

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Photo by MarkusmitK@pixabay.com

Starting us off…

A Beginning
“Who’d ever wanna come here?” he thought. But this would be the last day he watched the trains come and go. Tomorrow he’d be on the morning express, seat 34a, a window view. He ran his fingers over the ticket in his hand and smiled. Life begins tomorrow. No looking back.
~kat
271 Characters

By Reena at ReInventions:
Audience
“This shot is an absolute masterpiece. Shall we use it as the opening or closing shot in the movie? Let the actor slowly turn around to face the audience or turn away.”
“I guess both…”
“Why?”
“The story in between will happen below. The audience will identify more with that.”
(273 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
The Age of Steam
As a kid he’d stand on the bridge as the express trains approached.
Then run to the other side as wagons thundered by.
Acrid smoke would billow around his trembling body and invade his nostrils.
Pure excitement.
Now only boring trains chug past here.
More rails than locomotives.
(277 chars)

By Mike at The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All:
It Goes On
Looking out over tomorrow, Seeing himself with her just last week, Daniel didn’t know if he could do it anymore without seeing her again. The memories would always be stronger than reality alone. She was gone but he knew every day would be another choice for him to stay. “Live”.
(270 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
How ironic, he mused as he sat atop the girders looking down on the tracks.
The proud boast had been that it was built to last….. and it had.
Nothing would come or go now,  it was the only thing left intact after the Millennium War.
232 characters

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Hither and Yon
Hither and yon, he thought to himself as he looked down at the myriad tracks from his perch on the bridge.
Where is hither and where is yon, he wondered.
What might he find if he goes? Will hither and yon be different than here and now? Or will it be the same thing somewhere else?
(280 characters)

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Suicide Wish
Too early, the train stops.
Too late, he misses the train.
The timing must be right.
After ages of planning, he knows exactly when the train passes under the bridge.
“Train’s delayed, problem with tracks up ahead,” a policeman calls out. “A sign, I’d say. You’re not destined to die.”
(280 characters)

By Suzette at Suzette B’s Blog:
Iron retreat
The tracks meet below my metal perch. The city will come alive soon. But for a brief moment, this is my place of quiet retreat. A reminder of the movement of life. For whether sitting, walking, driving or being transported, we are all carried in the womb of life.
Word count: 274

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Right Said Fred
Fred’s parents have taken him shopping. His mother has gotten engrossed in the ladies’ unmentionables department. Boring! Soon he’ll pig out at the food court, but for now he fantasizes about things yet to come, knowing that all goes well in his world.
(254 Characters)

By Joe at Does Writing Excuse Watching?:
so long. trainyard. so long my friends, you diesel engines. loud and strong. as of tomorrow i’ll work only on electric locomotives. not diesel electrics, either. pure electric, clean and quiet. i love you but this railyard should become a boneyard.

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
The Era
It was the era of annihilation.
Gone are the rails,
the buildings,
the bridges.
It was the era of annihilation.
Gone are the trees,
the plants,
the animals,
It was the era of annihilation.
Gone are the people,
the politicians,
the activists,
the human race.
It was the era of annihilation.
CC: 279 (281 with title) – Note from Kat…Title’s don’t count;)

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Trusting a Bum Out of Desperation
“Grab costumes for you and Joey. I will take my clothes out and find a bum to wear them and walk down as far as the train tracks. That should draw anyone following away if there is someone and I will signal you guys to come and we will go quickly as far as we can,” Ron said.
275 characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Before After/After Before
In 1999, when he was an infant, Zil and his family migrated backwards in time, to 1963. Now 20, he was ready to visit the time he was really from. As he surveyed what, only moments before, had been open fields and woodlands, in 2019 not a blade of grass was visible. Zil wept.
[279 characters]

By Pratibha at Prat’s Corner:
The Shot
“You are being crazy.”
“Maybe. And you are starting to irritate me”
“How dare you, I have been posing here and there and everywhere ..”
“Because you like your pictures”
“My face deserves your camera. Why should I scale this bridge for a back shot?”
“Because that’s the prompt, Love”

By Hayley at The Story Files:
The View
He liked coming up to the roof of the abandoned hotel. It was the tallest building in the little city and he could see for miles around. He liked the space being up there give him. He keep breath, think and wait for his people to come back.

By Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind:
Jason sat on the rail of the bridge overlooking the train tracks.  He’d gotten the latest rejection letter from the publisher and it was, for him, the final straw.  Nobody understood nor cared.   He thought perhaps this time he’d really jump.  That would show them all!
(character count: 270)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Lucky
He’d been a loser all his life.
At school they gave him the nickname “lucky” because anything that could go wrong, always did.
He decided he’d had enough.  He would end it all by jumping under a train.
His phoned pinged with the latest news headline.
“Rail strike halts all trains!”
(278 characters)

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
Before starting training, he sat there surveying the tracks. Tomorrow! He would train hard and train well. It was going to be the best race he would ever run. If he won this marathon, he had a chance to get into the university of his choice and realize his dreams.
Character count: 265

By Deb at Twenty Four:
His stillness was concerning. To sit above the train lines and stare wasn’t the normal behaviour of anyone, least of all a young kid.
She thought to call out, she thought to find someone, anyone.
Instead she did nothing.
Five minutes later he jumped.
She never told anyone.
(270 characters)

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
The Serenity That Comes Before
He sat on the railway bridge and felt a moment of serenity.
And smiled as he considered that Life was so full of vapid worthlessness; an entity of nothingness; a rotting fungus living parasitically on time.
He took a deep breath, nothing drastic, then fell under the 8:29 train.
[277 Characters]

By Chaotically Yours at Dreaming Through the Haze:
The First Step
Tonight, he’s hidden. In his pocket, the amulet hums against his fingers. On the horizon, the southbound 7:15 hums back, chugging closer.
Slipping from the rail, he lights on the carapace of the train.
His back to warm metal, he watches the sky, tracks his movement by the stars.
Characters: 278

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Bam
There again!They dared me to get atop the railing and now they are nowhere to be seen.
These friends of mine call me a fibber. Let me take a selfie to prove it to them.
Bam!
Time to consult Dr. Google for dream analysis, been dreaming about this for a while now.
259 characters.

By John at Broadsides:
All you need to be a trainspotter is an anorak and a good spot to watch the trains go by. And dreams. The 9.10 to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The 10 am to Potters Bar. The Gatwick Express and the Brighton Belle, Virgins and Stage coaches, the Great Western Rail, Electric and Diesel and occasionally steam, all from here, on my bridge of dreams

 


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 # 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 #144 – 9 July 2019

Twittering TalesAbout 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 #143 -The Roundup

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Photo by Ryan McGuire at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…
Junior was determined to get his old VW back on the road. With all gas guzzlers banned, this old car met the maximum MPG requirements. But the AM radio/8 track player had to go. It might not have floor boards or air conditioning, but it would rock! Oh yeah!
257 Characters

By Reena at ReInventions:
Underliers
“Doctor, if you had to give a single reason for mental health issues, what would be it?”
“Underlying thought connections – the cause of malfunctioning always lies beneath the exterior. “
(185 characters)

By The Dark Netizen:
Dream Come True
I enjoyed my job.
It didn’t pay much, but being in a garage let me be close to cars. Sometimes, I would get to lay my hands on some exotic models. When the Beetle was brought in, it was a dream come true.
However, finding the cash stash underneath truly made my dreams come true…
Character Count: 280

By Deepika at Deepika’s Ramblings:
”I’m old and dying.. Let me just rest in my ripe old age, here in my garage home and die peacefully.. ” but mechanical sciences had advanced a great deal and it was a challenge, which he could not give up, the car doc had to save his dream car !!

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
A Nighttime Drive
The engine gave a sputter as Geoff drove into his garage. He shouldn’t drive in the dark, but the streets weren’t safe for walking.
At one point he’d felt a bump and thought he heard someone screaming for him to stop, likely a carjacker. He wasn’t going to make that mistake.
[276 Characters]

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
Mac was a busy man. If you passed by the garage you could see him lying down, hard at work.
He was also sly and devious, and changed the dummy and number plate each morning.
Mac was elsewhere, fishing in his favourite spot with a crate of beer at his side.
(254 chars)

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Possession
Tim spent every waking moment on the old car. He was possessed, no time for wife or mates it was his life.
Finally they all heard the engine roar. They found the car purring shiny and new Tim was gone, the next day so was the car. The disappearance of a whole family hit the news .
(280 Characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Roland couldn’t wait to get his hands on Dino and slipped underneath the engine to have a looksee.
The guy he’d bought her from said she could be a bit temperamental, but Roland had the gift and would soon have her running sweet as a nut.
‘Do you MIND?’ squawked a tinny voice.
275 characters

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Restoration
How long have you been working on restoring that Bug?
A couple of months.
How long do you think it will take you to finish?
Another couple of months.
Aren’t parts for that car hard to get?
Yeah, kinda.
So why bother?
They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
Yeah, there’s a reason for that.
(280 characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Marital Strife
Herman and Muriel Wisey drove each other crazy so they got a divorce. Herman started calling Muriel an ex Wisey. His friends gave him the idea to give her his car so she could be a VW ex Wisey. He now always threatens to get rid of them too.
(246 characters)

By John at The Magic Shop:
Erin was sick again and I’m back under the VW. Kids get ill, you can’t stop that. I can’t fix my little girl and I feel damn useless in her suffering. Oil drips on my face whispering a silent comfort.
“You can always fix me” is what I know this car thinks and once again, I feel strong in my  worth.
(300 characters)

By Enzo at Travel, Good Food, Arts and More:
Old Cabrio
Joe was very proud of his car, one of the very few flashy ones in his little village in the good old days. Now it looked really dated. What was once a jewel of mass production was no longer a status symbol. Joe had to relinquish it, along with the good memories he had driving it.
(280 characters)

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Seasoned
The seasoned mechanic rolled under the car to conduct a routine checkup in the quiet workshop – he loved to work alone.
A jet of oil splashed onto him but he continued working; he would change later.
The car was glad he would change later; it relished meat with some seasoning.
(275 character)

By Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind:
“Pass me the socket wrench. It’s in the top shelf of the tool box”.  There was no reply.  “Jory??”   Mary frowned.  Where had the kid gone now?  Of course he was gone, there was work to do.  Well if she fixed the old ‘bug, she’d drive it. The license plate was certainly appropriate.
(Character count 283)

By Amanda at Walk a Myelin* My Shoes:
Just Listen!
The mechanic wouldn’t listen. Something was wrong with Norman, but he refused to hear that it might be the battery. My university stuff was crammed in the back seat, on top of the battery. My dad drove 7 hours through the Rockies the next day, we emptied the back seat, and Norman started right up. What would I know, though? I’m just a woman!
Characters: 280

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Surprise!
Jo bought DINOCAR at an auction and spent most evenings and weekends working on her. Jo didn’t know that Dinocar was female and pregnant. She laid her eggs in the corner one night. Later the babies hatched and were ravenous. As Jo laid under Mommy, her babies stalked 2 drumsticks.
[285 characters]

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
We Have to Get Away!
“Linda, I am going down to get the VW running. You get Joey as soon as you can, bring him down and we’ll get out of here.”
“How? Ron, the police are still in there.”
“He doesn’t know anything, they will give up soon.”
“Do you have all the stuff loaded up and ready?”
“Yes, now hurry!”
280 characters

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Underneath
The tyres had given more than their fair share of utility. It’s time to change, he exclaimed!
Screech…
How could he forget this very sound? Goodness! Intuition, was it? He was there to grab his poodle from the jaws of death.
Years ago it was, but seemed like yesterday.
Character Count :- 272 characters.

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
He had to be quick before anyone came. The job was simple enough. Empty out the brake fluid and loosen the transmission lines. There was a prick in his conscious but he ignored it. He needed the money this job was going to provide. He hoped that the driver survives the crash.
Character count: 276

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
On the Road
Charlie spent every minute that he wasn’t in school fixing on that old VW. It had been his father’s car. Getting it back on the road would be a tribute to his late father, who had loved spending time with Charlie, telling him stories of his escapades in the car.
(264 characters)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Simon forced his eyelids apart, licked his dry lips, and looked down, with a sigh, at his wallet, now devoid of cash!
The last thing he remembered was staggering out of the club.
He looked up, and could see, immediately, that he and the Beetle had an identical problem.
Piston broke!
(280 characters)

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
The Installation
She stepped back to assess her entry in the  July 4th Icons of Americana outdoor art installation.
Known for her witty interpretations, attention to detail and realism, she was sure 1960s garage would please.
If only Jeff hadn’t moaned so much as she stuffed him under the VW . . .
(280)

By Linda at Charmed Chaos:
The Man of Her Dreams
Faith loved men who could fix things and watching them as they worked. When she caught a glimpse of strong arms, it thrilled her. She saw the ad for a mobile mechanic and thought why not? She knew how to work on her old VW but who knows, he might be the man of her dreams.

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Most would have noticed the number plate, but that was actually immaterial, he thought as he gazed at the photo of his Grandfather.
What was pertinent about this photo was the bags neatly stacked down the side of the garage.
Garbage bags had made their family fortune.
(269 characters)

By Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews, Etc.:
Last Photo
This is a photo of my big brother Mike. Yeah, I know you can’t see his face. I treasure it cause he’s fixing my car to keep me safe before he went to fight a war to save somebody else’s families on the other side of the world.  A war he never came home from.
277 characters

By JP at JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer:
Daddy’s Car
Di loved the old bucket, most of her free time was spent repairing whatever had gone wrong that week. Still, Dinocar was eclectic with a fun personality. Di left the garage humming softly but turned quickly when she heard the radio playing her late Dad’s favorite song. “Dad ?”
character count 278

By John at Broadsides:
The adventurer beneath the car thought that he would travel far, that his Beatle was dependable and would take him from Berlin all the way to Istanbul. But the wheels fell off just outside the Hotel Hof, and here he is, quite pissed off.

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
The Old Mechanic
The old mechanic yearned for the days of the Volkswagen–
when plenty was enough–before the greed and cruelty,
before the insatiable need for more.
197 Characters


Well done everyone! Thank you to everyone who accepted the challenge. We had a diverse group of themes. It always amazes me how one photo can conjure up so much creativity. This week’s photo prompt is by Lisa Fotios at Pexels.com. It’s a dinner party of course. What conversations might you overhear on such an occasion? It could be news…or fake news of the day, or maybe gossip about an absent person, recipe swapping, parenting advice, or shared memories of a dear departed friend. The possibilities are endless! Have fun! Maybe practice a bit of dialog this week. You have 280 characters to tell your tale, and I’ll see you next week at the roundup.


Twittering Tales #144 – 9 July 2019

Photo by Lisa Fotios @ Pexels.com

The Reunion

“I heard Mr. Murdoch left teaching after we graduated.”

“He was creepy.”

“You’re telling me! Remember his tutoring sessions?”

“No…”

“I don’t remember either. You had tutoring sessions with him?”

“If you want call it that…”

“Oh my god, Sue!”

“Well I heard he’s a congressman now…”

~kat

Disclaimer: Murdoch is a fictitious name lest my little tale start any rumors!

280 Characters


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