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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


Twittering Tales #140 – 11 June 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 #139 -The Roundup

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Photo by Portrait of Tracy at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…

Tea Time
A leaky faucet shattered the silence. Insomnia plagued Hannibal. But this would be his last night in hell. His new book, “A Vintage Tea Party” had earned him freedom.
“Tomorrow afternoon, it’s tea with the ladies,” he smirked, “they’re going to love my savory finger sandwiches.”
~kat
279 Characters

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Palm of My Hand
“Why did you take your books down from your shelves?” she asked.
“I’m donating them to the local library,” he answered.
“You don’t want them anymore?”
“Nope.”
“Why not?”
“Because I downloaded them all onto my Kindle and now I have my entire collection in the palm of my hand.”
“Cool.”
(278 characters)

By Enzo at Travel, Good Food, Arts and More:
Book Titles
Derrick was trying to make order in the flat and sort the books out that seemed to be Coming Out all over. Some selection criteria were needed to Weed Out the useless books no one would ever read. He knew some Small Sacrifices was needed despite his passion and respect for books.

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Hey, You Never Know
Leo and Sylvia were at the Wyoming Free Library’s book sale. She was smitten by a copy of Jean Anouilh’s ‘Homulus the Mute’. “Get a load of her,” he said. “As a rule her idea of high culture is watching ‘Family Feud.’ Suddenly she’s the queen of the eggheads.”
(263 characters) 

By Reena at ReInventions:
Disappeared
digital libraries
bring so much at our fingertips
but joy of fingers brushing accidentally
on the book covers
shy glances exchanged
before moving away
exchanging books
meeting again to return those
-Disappeared forever…

By Di at Pensitivity101:
‘There are a lot of good titles here. What’s the problem?’
‘None of them are any good.’
‘Really?’
‘Yeah. I can’t find one thick enough to prop the coffee table up.’
161 characters

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
The Final Dedication
All her life Susan collected the awesome books written by her high-school boyfriend.
His death was reported on the news that morning. Wistfully she picked up his last book. It fell open on the dedication page. The line burned her eyes.
“Dedicated to my first and only love, Susan.”
[280 Characters]

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
The craziness had to stop. How many books anyone can read or buy! They were running out of room to store them. Today while her husband was gone on another of his book buying expedition, she had arranged a garage sale. “ Going cheap, anyone?”
Character count: 241

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It:
Books Out Of Control
“Linda what are you doing now? Did you find the negatives from Lucy’s baby pictures?”
“Oh Ron, I found several of my books are undamaged, help me box them up.”
“Where are the negatives,?”
“I haven’t found them yet.”
“We came to rescue the negatives, not books. Come on let’s go!”
275 characters

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Book Titles
Tuesday afternoon, three hundred steps away. Two hours sanctuary at the library, he always has a carer so she’s not worried.
Books don’t ask questions, they don’t get agitated they were quiet.
She smiles chats advises be herself not a carer. Pratchett he made her remember.
(280 Characters)

By Ron at Read 4 Fun:
A Full Life Well Read
Here was a life lived well. Pen names over multiple genres were an excellent disguise. Advice, storytelling, flights of fancy, and explorations of dark thoughts best kept hidden and played out only in the mind, all collected here. As a retired journalist, it’s time to write -30-
280 characters

By Wildchild47 at The Immortals:
The Immortals
Black robed, his cry in the wilderness –
The religion of it, it’s a killing room, filled with the lovers long forgotten, their spent flesh a repast for our feast, _ we honour them in our atonement, this, our wars of the roses.
From the middle distance, we moved towards His Light.

The Well of Lost
the well of lost …
and found – socks, plots, buckets, brooms, spores, sprouts & the crescent moon, et al.

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Glass
Flo, a quiet millionaire, earns her money through writing dozens of novels that hit the bestseller lists. Only her offshore bank and her agent know that Flo writes under many names. Flo’s multiple personalities, all top writers, demand to be published under their own names.
[276 characters]

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
46 to choose from. Therein lay the clue to the lost treasure!
It was all there in the Last Will and Testament of old Aunt Agatha.
She’d written that, in these books, I would find a wealth beyond measure.
Only after finishing “The Great Hunt” did I get it.
Reading was the treasure!
(277 characters)

By Kelley at AuthorAnonBlog:
Waiting
“I’ve read every last one.”
“That one?” Shari nodded to the oldest book in the pile.
“My favorite, it has every spell possible, even one to bring back the dead.”
“Wow.” Shari knew the guy was a fruit loop. “I should get going.”
“So soon? But I’ve been waiting for you for eons.”
Word Count: 53 words – 277 characters

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Testing, Testing, Testing…
Kingdom Besieged. War of the Roses. Insomnia. Vintage Tea Party. Kill Room. The Religion. Hannibal, Spartacus, [& the] Emperor [s]. Crown of Swords.
Great hunt for talent is over. Twittering Tales Music Festival is a go. Invite write here on your cellphone. Dune be late!
270

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Marcia sighed, the will had been quite specific and though she really couldn’t see the point, respecting her brother’s request she had set about carrying out his last wishes.
Now that the books were organized she commenced the second stage.
“Ok, who has ticket B12?”
(264 characters)

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
The Book Party
He arrived at the book party in a trench coat, heavy black boots, and tight jeans. His thick black hair and working class sneer gave him the air of a dashing literary genius, and his fans and lovers took him as one.
No one read his sweaty anxiety and dread.
220 Characters


Thank you everyone for joining last week’s challenge! I do hope you had fun with it. For this week’s challenge I found this interesting photo (I’m hoping it is enhanced! ;)) by nahidhatamiz at Pixabay.com.

I like a good ghost story…do tell, or maybe your tale is about ravens or sunflowers…or black dresses and has nothing at all to do with ghosts. Whatever you see here, just try to keep your character count under 280 characters or less. I’ll see you at the Roundup next week! Have fun! 🙂


Twittering Tales #140 – 11 June 2019

Diversification Strategy

Essie had earned a respectable reputation as a specter. Then came reality TV. Spirits now had to compete with demons for attention.

“Oh Basil, I hate this century!”
“Don’t lose your head over it Essie. Demons bore easily. You’ll see.”
“Brilliant idea!”
“I didn’t mean…oh dear!”

~kat

276 Characters


Twittering Tales #138 – 28 May 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 #137 -The Roundup

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Photo by paulsbarlow7@pixabay.com

Define Emergency
“911, what is your emergency?”
“I’m alone.”
“That’s not an emergency, ma’am.”
“Someone’s outside.”
“Are you in danger? What’s your address? I can send…
<CRASH! SCUFFLE!>
“Ma’am?! Please! Tell me your address!!!”
(Male voice) “Heaven maybe…or hell. Muhaha! Have a nice day. Bub-bye.”
~kat
279 Characters

By Neel at Neel Writes Blog:
Bad Timing
Nothing augured well.
Not the broken window glass.
Not the fact that hubby dear lay still on the floor.
And why did the housemaid decide to take ‘ill’ today of all days?
Now, who’s going to clean up the place before I report an ‘accidental death’?
(260 characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Why Did He Lie?
The policeman examined the door and knew the homeowner had lied. He told him that someone broke the glass from the outside to get into the house. If that were the case, the broken glass would have been inside the house, not on the ground outside. He’s hiding something. But what?
(279 characters)

By Reena at ReInventions:
Breaking Point
Where do you think is the breaking point? When we crack up with internal explosions, but shards of glass do not fly out…. are we still whole?
We plan it like a fight master on a movie set, etching lines on glass before the shoot. If the fight looks made up, it doesn’t hurt others.

By Hayley at The Story Files:
Smash
Fred arrived at work to see broken glass and a spider web crack across the door. Someone had tried to break into the Pawn Shop again but this time they hadn’t got in.
Opening the door, the large German Shepard dog came out to greet him. It was the best thing he’d ever been pawned.

By Ron at Read 4 Fun:
Stay Home and Save
Someone always had to be home; neighborhood crime was serious. I work all day; she took the kids and left for a time-out. I changed the locks. Each morning, I set the shotgun trap. She decided to return home early with keys that no longer worked. Looks like a permanent time-out.
279

By Tien at From The Window Seat:
Unwanted Attention
Jenny desired spotlight so she staged a break-in, the broken glass door as evidence; the neighbours only wondered who the man in Jenny’s house was.
He looked right at home though.
If only the second floor’s window was broken too, everyone would see a corpse skewered to the walls.
(278 characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
The Catch
“Life is a series of one door’s opening and another’s closing,” Josephine told Jeanine, the pretty therapist. “I’m glad you understand that,” Jeanine said. ” That’s a perfect image for how things work.” “Although, of course,” Josephine went on, “There’s often more to it.”

By Di at Pensitivity101:
To most, it looked like a cracked window.
But look closer……….
is someone choking another, or stealing a bag of swag?
120 characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Last Laugh
Ed laughed at her for the last time. De took Ed’s biting humor before the fall that made her quad; afterwards, it was ravenous. De pleaded with him to stop; it only made him worse. De’s mind began to bend. When it snapped, her telekinesis was born. Ed’s head met the window.
[278 characters]

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Ron and Linda pulled up to their home and noticed that their front door had broken glass around the lock.
As they walked towards the door, they got out their cell phone to call the police. There was a sudden whoosh and the house went up in flames.
“Oh my God,” Linda shrieked.
276 characters

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
Broken Empathy
Her instinct told her something was wrong. Then she saw the white powdered glass, like snow that glittered on the path, then the broken window.
What hurt most was the message written in ink across her white kitchen tiles that showed a lack of empathy.
“Thanks for the hospitality”.
[280 Characters]

By Sadje at Keep it Alive:
Don’t Propogate Hate
There is no explanation for hate. Just because someone is not like you in appearance, color or religion you don’t have to hate them. But who will tell this to all these people charged by the latest rise in racial and religious discrimination? The glass had been broken by a stone.
Character count =280

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
Those that survived named it the Bullet Spider (Bulla Araneae), a mutant species; a consequence of the fifth great nuclear incident.
It had a voracious appetite for Silica.
No window was safe.
Then it invited its spidery companion the Humanis Carnivoris Araneae.
In colossal numbers.
(279 chars)

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Heaven’s Door
The Big Guy asked “Where’s Peter he’s the key holder”Silence reined Gabriel shuffled his feet, Micheal began to hum.
Azriel said “Lucifer told me to give Peter a drink”Peter’s snores sang out from inside.”Who broke the glass” asked the Big Guy.
Satan’s laugh rang around heaven.
(276 Characters)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Our Scpider.
We called her SC!
She was the most untidy spider we’d ever encountered.
Each time we cleared up the web, she built it in exactly the same place, and to exactly the same design. A really messy affair it was.
But why on earth did she leave a hole shaped like the map of South Carolina?
(280 characters)

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Pastiche: A Curious Incident
It hinges, Lestrade, on a curious incident.[SH]
Please, Holmes. Not that dog in the night-time again.[IL]
No, this time it is the cat.[SH]
Cat burglar?[DW]
No, Watson. Merely a cat.[SH]
Good God, Holmes. A murdering meerkat?[DW]
[Sigh]None but a simple feline.[SH]
Kat is a felon?[IL]
{279 characters. Phew.}
Speakers:
SH = Sherlock Holmes
IL= Inspector Lestrade
DW = Doctor Watson

By Anurag at Jagahdilmein:
The Sins of the Son
The woman at the door said in an accusing tone, “Your son broke our window!”
Enraged, I asked, “On what basis are you blaming my son?”
“Well,” replied the man, “because the window belonged to our spaceship. We would’ve brought your hammer along, but we couldn’t lift it, Mr. Thor.”
279 characters.

By JP at JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer:
Shattered
The window shattered on impact, a web of jagged fractures. The fairies were trapped in globes, tired, barely glowing. With a burst of angry magic, Star shattered the tiny prisons.
character count 179

By Deb at Twenty Four:
They told him to get a hobby, that is was good to keep the mind active, that it would expand his social circle.
It wasn’t his fault that he was arrested practicing his lock picking, but on the plus side he did meet a really nice biker who liked to do macrame on the weekends.

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
Broken
This festival of self-loathing,
this tawdry hatred,
this contempt:
broken genius shatters
trust, self-destructs,
and dies forgotten.


Well done everyone! Thank you for joining the challenge! For this week’s challenge, a film strip of photo negatives. What is hidden here? The clue to a mystery? Evidence of a crime…or maybe a mystery person revealed? Have fun telling your tale and I’ll see you at


Twittering Tales #138 – 28 May 2019

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Photo by Moritz 320 at Pixabay.com

A Break in the Case

“You’re gonna want to see these Brad. I had the lab develop prints from the camera we found at the crime scene.”
“Do we have a suspect?”
“No, nothing like that. Look at this beauty. A ’64 Mustang. Do you think the paint job is original? ”

~kat

236 Characters

 

 

 

 

 


Twittering Tales #137 – 21 May 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!


Before we get into last week’s roundup, I found out that the ping back gremlins lost Graham’s post for TT #135 (the impending storm photo). Here it is. Thanks for letting me know Graham. 🙂

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
“It’s really down to a question of being in the right place at the right time. I often spend hours, even days, waiting for the ideal conditions.”
Final photograph of John Jones (7.5.1956 – 10.4.2018)
(198 characters)


Twittering Tales #136 -The Roundup

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Photo by NRD at Unsplash

Starting us off…
House Guests
They got a great deal! The house was close to schools and work, fenced in yard. It was perfect.When they asked the real estate agent about the low price, she told them some wild ghost story. They didn’t believe in ghosts.
But that changed. It’s been empty since that first night. ~kat
280 Characters


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