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Twittering Tales #145 – 16 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 #144 -The Roundup

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Photo by Lisa Fotios @ Pexels.com

Starting us off…

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…”
280 Characters
Disclaimer: Murdoch is a fictitious name lest my little tale start any rumors!

By Deepa at SyncWithDeep:
Food Coma
the
emotions
gathered
for a
homecoming..
as usual
anxiety
turned
out late!

By Willow at WillowDot21:
The Top Set.

We end up in the kitchen, we always did. The magnificent seven they called us, sorting out the ills of the world. Back then we were going to change the world. Everyone thought we had it made.Look at us now we couldn’t even change alight bulb! Where did all the fight go.
(277 Characters)

By The Dark Netizen:
Intervention
I’m the only one against the idea.
Everyone else seemed okay with it. We wait in the kitchen while the two sort out their differences outside. I’m unsure about leaving the two unsupervised. With them things tend to fly out of proportion.
Thank God, this party has a no-guns theme…
Character Count: 280

By Kristian at Tales of from the Mind of Kristian:
The After Party
As they stood in the kitchen, they let the wine flow, celebrating a murder well executed.
The body of their old orphanage matron, called The Dragon, had been a sight to behold.
Tom noticed Tee-An. She wasn’t happy. She’ll give the game away. She’d have to be the next to go.
[275 Characters]

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Secret Recipe
“Really, that’s my salad’s recipe!”
“Oh, you expect us to believe that? Fried baby toes and fingers?” she sipped an aged man’s blood. AB negative, her favourite.
“Fine. Also, some virgin women’s skin flakes.”
The human-like demons in the room nodded at the revelation of her words.
(278 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
There were savoury biscuits, fresh crusty bread and smelly cheeses but in reality it was always about the wine.
Martine always wanted vintage red.
As long as she was happy to provide it, we didn’t really care.
We were selfish bitches and we had never really warmed to her anyway.
(276 chars)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Party
Congratulations. Bob told me that you’re pregnant.
He told you? Dammit, I asked him not to say anything yet.
You know, sweetie, you shouldn’t be drinking wine in your condition.
My condition? OMG, sweetie, mind your own fucking business.
Things at the party went downhill from there.
(279 characters)

By Tina at Tina Stewart Brakebill:
Together Alone
outside looking in
watching you through downcast eyes
forever fearing

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
A Vintage Year
We gathered in the kitchen for the ritual uncorking.
Vlad’s wine tasting parties always intrigued me.
Colour a deep-vein red, bouquet lush.
Vlad raised his glass:
“To vino di sangue! This bottle has been in my family for centuries.”
I let the rim of the glass brush my lips . . .
(277)

By Rekha at billionbougainvilleas:
Routine
Nothing changed.
Leah’s projects consumed her, bored us. Claire the Considerate heard her out with a halo.
Grace looked combative. I looked down hoping gravity lowered anxiety.
Jason wouldn’t ask about Riham but his eyes did.
The house bell chimed.
Riham. With some Nathaniel…
Jason suddenly turned into the life of the party.
I wanted Leah back…
Word count: 285

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, Me
I was recently visiting kin in Pennsylvania. Everyone’s spoken for except me, so inevitably boy, girl, boy, girl, me. It’s weird because I’ve always been allergic to odd numbers. I’m such a fab guy so there must be a girl for me. Until I meet her I’m happy this way.
(270 characters)

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Intervention
It was Gin’s turn to make dinner for the club. The entree was almost done as they chatted in the kitchen. It was more than chatter. The other six had planned the intervention for Gin, who drank too much, for weeks. She listened and smiled, thinking of the rum cake dessert.
[278 characters]

By Di at Pensitivity101:
They had been friends since college, and as Zoe raised the glass to her lips, Dianne turned on her.
‘How long have you been having an affair with my husband?’
Tom poured the wine into the salad and hoped nobody noticed Dan’s face turn white.
239 characters

By Pratibha at Prat’s Corner:
Outsider
They were lost in the conversation, whatever, or whoever, it was about.
He was curious to know, but he knew better than to ask.
He had learned this part of hanging out with the ladies from early on – He was good to be passed the secret recipes, but not other’s secrets. Not yet.

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
The Getaway!
“The kid doesn’t know anything,” the cop said. “How about the parents.”
“Joey come on, we have to go now. Daddy has the car ready,” Linda said quietly.
While the doctor was talking to the cops, Linda and Joey left. Hopping into the VW they roared off to safety at Nan’s place.
275 character

By John at The Magic Shoppe:
Waiting for that Taste
There was a reason the five of them felt anxious in the kitchen. The moment that they  planned was now here. They had all previously agreed that Kara had to go. Her infidelities and lies towards them had to stop. The five of them waited as the poisoned glass touched Kara’s lips.
(280 characters)

By John at BroadsidesDotMe:
The Unwanted Guest
“I say old bean, it was a bit much you know, murdering a dinner guest simply because they were vegan.”
“Oh, don’t be silly Billy, she brought a lovely bottle of burgundy and now there’ll be a lot more pudding to go round”

By Reena at ReInventions:
You Better Pay
“I met three more hypocrites today. What is the world coming to?”
“Not much … except that certain people are minting money out of these so-called networking meets.”
“I would like to host the next one, and make these b….s pay for the crap I had to endure.”
(253 characters)

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
That Day
The generous helping of olives reminded Alex of Sue.
Did he feel a gentle tap on his shoulder now? Her affirmation?
Heart attack, the medical reports had concluded.
That fateful morning too, like any other, both of them had gone for their rounds of jogging.
Back-stabbed, was she?
276 characters

By Enzo at Travel, Good Food, Arts and More:
Old Friends
Nelly organised a quick buffet dinner for her friends who wanted to gather and arrange for their outing to Brighton over the weekend. They really enjoyed each other’s company and a bit of group trekking, their unique strong bond as mates needed further nurturing, what a treasure!
(280 characters)

By Kelley at AuthorAnonBlog:
Just a Quiet Dinner Party
Jenny wandered into the kitchen, shielding her eyes against the lights.
Pasta clung to the walls.
Chunks of half melted cheese hung from the ceiling.
Tomato soup pooled on the floor.
The salad sat patiently in the bowl.
And where were her friends?
So much for a quiet dinner party

By Linda at Charmed Chaos:
About Last Night
“Brit, we need to talk.”
Crossing her arms, she said, “Okay, what?”
“Do you remember last night?”
“I got roaring drunk and said some nasty things, so what?”
“Well, we worry about you so… this is an intervention.”
“Seriously? You brought 3 bottles of wine to an intervention?”
Character Count: 280

By Deb at Twenty Four:
When territorial middle aged ladies assemble it can signify trouble, for they may pointedly ignore outsiders to the point of refusing to acknowledge when an unwanted guest has died.
It is recommended that guests should not attend alone but bring others versed in basic first aid.

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Party in perpetuity
Same house,
same party,
same day,
same time.
Every year!
Same laughs,
same jokes,
same lives,
same folks.
Very queer!
Same food,
same plates,
same drinks,
same mates.
Full of cheer!
Not the same,
we died that day,
we come forlorn,
and not to play,
but
shed a tear!
(247 characters)

By JP at JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer:
Wine and Gossip
Gossip flowed more freely than wine amongst the friends.
“So what’s up with Ted and Sue?”
“She left him”
“Oh too bad.”
“That’s not all, he claims she cursed him, he can’t perform at all now.”
As tittering laughter filled the air, Sue walked in. “Never mess with a witch,” she smiled.
character count 278

By Hayley at The Story Files:
The Party
The engagement party was in full swing and Ren couldn’t be happier. She grabbed a bottle of wine, popped it up and poured the thick, red liquid into a glass.
‘Stop!’ her sister cried.
‘That’s the rare vintage from great-great-grandpa’s vineyard!’
‘Oh! Too late…’

By Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein:
Young Again – The Supper Club
The young friends enjoyed a lavish dinner; then retired to the kitchen to pick at leftovers and laugh about old times. Before they parted, they made a toast to the future and to long and healthy lives. None of them felt the wormhole take them as they ate; none of them remembered the nursing home.
253 Characters

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
Cindy was excited because it was the first get together of friends at her new apartment. The food was served informally in the kitchen, yummy food and lots of wine. The conversation was flowing smoothly till Kevin said those unpardonable words. “Have you gain weight, Cindy?”
Character count: 274


Sooooo good y’all! I loved your tales last week. Welcome aboard if you’re new to the challenge! For this week, this interesting photo by Zoë Pappas at Pexels.com. What’s happening here? Is it an interview, a business deal or maybe it’s an attorney reading old Uncle Henry’s will! I’ll let you figure it out in 280 characters or less. See you at next week’s roundup! Have fun!


Twittering Tales #145 – 16 July 2019


Photo by Zoë Pappas at Pexels.com

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


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 #143 – 2 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 #142 -The Roundup

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Photo by sasint at pixabay.com

Starting us off…

Normal
“Dr. Gerard, you can finish up here.”
“Yes sir. Tell me, why would such a beautiful woman want to change how she looks?”
“She wanted to look “normal”. Told me not a day goes by that she is not ogled at or
propositioned.”
“That’s sad. Well I hope she gets what she was hoping for.”
~kat
277 Characters

By The Dark Netizen:
TRANSPLANT
Well, this wraps it up. Congrats on another succesful transplant, doc.
“Thanks! It a tough one.”
Coz you were operating on your ex wife, using an experimental method?
“Yes, my friend. You see, she always called me a dog. I want to see how she deals with possessing a dog’s heart…”
Character Count: 280

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Still Alive
In the year 2525, humans are still alive – the same humans. In 2100, medical technology leapt by millenia with help from visitors from a planet on the other side of the sun. Bionic gene technology made us immortal. All humans have been sterilized. I just had my 400thbirthday.
[279 characters]

By Reena at ReInventions:
Viral
A semi-conscious state does wonders. Just before I lost consciousness, I heard gems uttered by the doc–
“This is the 44th surgery this month. Needless to say, it was not needed. But I’m richer by a few millions.”
They didn’t know I’m a social media marketer. The story went viral.
(278 characters)

By Jannat at Trust Yourself:
The years flew by so fast, all the hardwork pays off and the dream comes true. Here I am today as a anesthesiologist. I made it. The thought crossed Dr Jay’s mind just when the physician asked her if she’s sure about the patient’s loss of consciousness.
“Yes,”
“Scissors please?”
(280 characters)

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Final Operation
“It’s out. Luckily he came back to us when his cancer recurs,” the surgeon announced.
Everyone in the operating theatre cheered.
“Of course, we must remain silent about leaving the surgical scissors in his stomach in the previous operation,” the surgeon cautioned.
Everyone nodded.
(278 characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Operation
“Doctor, we’ve lost him,” the resident said.
“Doctor, are you going to make the call?” the intern asked.
“Doctor, you did everything you could,” the nurse said.
“It was hopeless from the outset,” the doctor said.
“That’s because the patient was a cadaver, doctor,” the resident said.
(279 characters)

By Deepa at SyncWithDeep:
Payback
she
taught me
biology
and…
I
did her
operation

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
A Misunderstanding
After Linda left him, Sam told Ennio, who didn’t speak English well, that his heart was broken. Ennio called an ambulance. Dave was rushed to the hospital on the assumption of a heart attack. Everyone went crazy and his phone rang constantly. Ennio now studies English.
(274 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101, two tales this week:
Take One:
Everything was going well at first, then the familiar change in body language and the theatre team knew they couldn’t escape from another rendition of Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones.
187 characters
Take Two:
The team worked frantically to get the patient’s heart beating again but to no avail.
Then the haunting lilt of ‘I ain’t got no-body’ filtered down from the theatre lights and the surgeon fainted.
195 characters

By Enzo at Travel, Good Food, Arts and More:
White Lie
Leo was told by the surgeon the operation would last only 20 minutes but this was a white lie not to raise his levels of anxiety.. In reality the complexity of the intervention was such that it required much more time to get resolved. Leo woke up 5 hours afterwards unaware of it.
(278 characters)

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
Cutting Words
The Anaesthetic hadn’t worked. She was aware of lying naked while a doctor made an irreverent, downright vulgar remark about her breasts. Being bashful, this was mortifying.
Then, without any finesse, the surgeon sliced her open and she heard him say. “That’s not right at all!”
[277 Characters]

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It:
What’s Up with the Doctors?
“Ron, did you have to pull Joey out so hard? You pulled his shoulder out of place. ”
“Linda, I had to pull him hard to get him out.”
“You should have waited for the EMT’s to get here. Or maybe the fire marshall could have got him out of there. What is taking the doctors so long?”
277 characters

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Lights Out
“Stop moaning. Quiet, I command you. . .”
“Geeze Louise, you’d think I’d nicked a vain, I mean vein. Snigger.”
“Ouchy! This is such fun!”
“Dry white wine, crisp salad, hot  . . . nurse.”
“I’ll make a killing on this one. . . “
The telepath slipped into anesthetically-enhanced silence.
280 characters

By Ramya at And Miles to Go Before I Sleep:
Human Trial
“Subject 23 is not responding. Should we call it?”,the resident asked.
“Yes. Clear it and bring in Subject 24.”, the doctor replied.
“Doctor, Why are we killing humans?”
“We are not killing.Everything is trial and error until we find a perfect match.We are creating Super-humans.”
Word count – 277

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Black & White
It’s only when darkness is interspersed with light, that situations attain the much needed clarity. Else, everything is shrouded in mystery. It’s much like a needle in a haystack!
Character Count :- 212 characters.

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
The doctors were working in a somber mood as the operation was quite complicated. Dr Jones looked up at Stacy and said would you like to close up the incision. She stepped eagerly to take Jones position. Do a good job, but but don’t leave any scissors behind this time.
Character count; 270

By John at The Magic Shop:
First Cut
He awoke, staring at strangers in hospital scrubs.  “Where am I?” He groggily asked. “Just routine surgery, Mr. Shaw”. WHAT?  He had just been visiting a sick friend. Shaw cried out ” I’M NOT A PATIENT!” A surgeon whispered back, “That’s OK, I’m not really a Doctor”. Shaw blacked out, screaming.
(298 characters)

By Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind:
Doctor?
He heard the voice say “Relax.  Concentrate on breathing.  10,9,8,
He wondered why the count down.
His mind numb, he found himself falling into a black pit.  He hoped he’d be able to climb out when the time came, but if not, oh well.
This was the best sleep he’d had in years.

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Eating Disorders.
Okay, so what is the count now. Seven knives, twelve spoons, six forks and half a box of tissues. Good grief is this a joke. What did you say this guy presented with!
All I can say is it’s a miracle he’s alive. Hang on what on earth have we here?I don’t believe this!It is a……
(280 Characters)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
He was renowned for it, but today he had exceeded his previous best.
He counted up the left overs, and had his team check to make sure his figures were perfect.
The figure on the table was not so perfect!
There were 7 bits left over, but everything seemed to be working.
“OK close up!”
(280 characters)

By Dee at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews, Etc:
“I’m afraid I’ve removed all I can.”
“But, Doctor, it — it’s still moving!”
“I’ve seen this happen before with these parasites.  Alien Services will take her now.  If she’s strong enough, she might overcome it.  If not…”
Everyone cringed at the possibility.
263 characters


Thank you everyone for taking the challenge this week. You all wrote some fantastic tales. For this week this cool picture by RyanMcGuire at Pixabay.com. I am on vacation this week, so I might not get to everyone’s post right away, but I do hope you have fun with this one. There are a couple of scenarios I can think of. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Twittering Tales #143 – 2 July 2019

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Photo by Ryan McGuire at Pixabay.com

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!

~kat

257 Characters

 

 

 


Twittering Tales #142 – 25 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 #141 -The Roundup

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Starting us off..
The Dare
“Oh my god Ned! When I dared you to stick your head between the railings, I didn’t think you were stupid enough to actually do it! This picture is soooo going on Instagram!”
“When you’re done humiliating me, a little help maybe? I’m really stuck. Joe…come on…JOE?!!!!
~kat   (271 Characters)

By Reena at ReInventions:
Trap
“I’ve done this so often in childhood. There used to be some pretty interesting sights on the other side. I managed to find cash once.”
“Well, you’re not the same size anymore.”
“Please help.”
“I’m calling the police first. I dropped my wallet there. Curiosity kills the cat.”

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
127 Hours
“Hey kid, you’d your fun, now get your head out of the railings,” the security guard called out. “You’re scaring the tourists.”
He walked toward the boy. The crowd screamed when he pulled the boy out.
The headless body was trapped there like an executed criminal in a guillotine.
(277 characters)

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
The Scent of Love
The breeze that wafted onto the balcony brought with it the scent of orange blossoms.
Jamie loved that smell, it reminded him of his Mother. Nothing could equal the comforting aroma.
Jamie put his head through the balustrade to breathe it in.
He’d never accept she’d gone.
[273 characters]

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Where There’s a Will
His parents forbade him from going. Still, he always felt that where there’s a will, there’s a way.
He climbed the steps to the bridge that ran above the park. He stuck his head between the ornate concrete spindles. And he got a bird’s eye view of the city’s annual Pride Parade.
(279 characters)

By Enzo at Travel, Good Food, Arts and More:
View to the pool
David’s curiosity and lust were unstoppable, as it is the case for most teenagers who have received a repressive education. He could not refrain his attraction for what was going on around the swimming-pool below the terrace. The sensuality of these tanned bodies was untenable!
(278 characters)

By Jannat at Trust Yourself:
“Oh, hello I can see you spying on me. You better not do that. That’s really childish of you.” said Joey, a participant for a marathon, to his opponent who was observing his race routes and finishing time from the stadium’s terrace by sticking his head between the railings.
(274 characters)

By Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith:
Do These Taste Funny?
Paul knew there was something off about the appetizers no matter what Lacie said. The only thing that kept his spirits up between heaves was knowing that she ate three times as many as he did.
192-character

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Dilemma
I thought this would be exciting, but where did I land myself in, wondered he aloud zooming in on his binoculars on the celebrity couple.He had to collect juicy tales for the gossip magazine he worked in by the end of the day, else face the wrath of the editor.
261 characters

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Timeslip.
This time travel lark is
just fine most of the
time but sometimes!
Take today I was
relaxing in a pub
with a quiet pint
minding my business.
Suddenly the edges
start to blur the
tingle starts, bang.
Here I am five years
old needing to pee
and my head’s stuck
in the blastrade.
(279 Characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Think Twice
Linus had been told to be careful around Alice, and not to drink her tea. Now he found that he was imprisoned in a courtyard, with giant chess pieces preventing him, night and day, from escaping. ‘I mean, she’s lovely and all,’ he admitted, ‘But is she really worth the trouble?
280 Characters

By Tina at Tina Stewart Brakebill:
TWBB* Strikes Again
Ben was patient. He could wait.
No couples or guys. Girls or little kids or moms were best. He could outrun them.
His back ached but he’d wait. For the perfect target.
SPLAT!
Shock. Fear. Relief. Then anger or laughter.
Run or bow? That space of unknown. That moment. Perfection.
280 characters
*The Water Balloon Bandit

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Stella took this picture and captioned it
‘Pawn to King Seven’.
Richard was not amused.
85 characters

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Where’s Joey?
“Where’s Joey, Linda?”
“Ron he was next door at Larry’s. We have to get this stuff out of here.”
“Dad, help,” Joey was yelling.
“What now? We need to get out of here before the fire marshall comes by again.”
“Dad, my head is stuck.”
“We might need that fire marshall to help us out.”
278 characters

By John at The Magic Shop:
Sal’s Head
Liz thought she would give Sal another ten minutes. He had already been gone for an hour. She knew he was cheating. What better trap than letting him overhear her talk of women tanning nude under the marble bridge. Liz knew he would get his fat head stuck between the stone glancing a peek.
(299 characters)

By Ron at Read4Fun:
What Movie Did I See?
It’s disgraceful! I know we got this mansion cheaper than the going price for most in the area, but no one told me our neighbors converted their property to a Drive-In Movie. At least I don’t have to avoid admission price in the trunk of my cousin’s car like when I was fourteen.
279 characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Peeping Tom
Tom was a curious boy – until he saw what he shouldn’t.
Ma told him to mind his own business, but he couldn’t resist the sounds on the other side of the fence. Just a tiny peep was all he needed.
It was the last thing he ever saw.
But every night he sees them in his dreams.
[278 characters]

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
He always wanted to peek over the bannisters to see what was down below. What he didn’t know was that he had vertigo. He managed to pass his head through the broken plaster pillars but now fear held him captive there. It took some doing to rescue him!
Character count: 251

By Radhika at Radhika’s Reflection:
The Strategy!
With Sam’s head stuck between the pillars, the entire city thronged there to witness a grueling four hour effort, before he was finally rescued.
Smiling, the next day, he collected a cool 500 $ from his friend, winning the bet, to get his picture published in the newspapers!
LC : 279

By Deb at Twenty Four:
They exchange a pointed glance aware that synchronicity was the key. Too soon they would give the plot away, to late and he’d escape.
They waited a moment and then they ran towards him, wings flapping, necks outstretched, beaks ready to strike.
Taking the revenge of the quakers.
(278 characters)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The fortune teller told Simon that he would become a pillar of society, and his name would be emblazoned in all the newspapers. He would be famous.
Only when he saw all the photographers, with cameras poised, did he realise it was going to happen much sooner than anyone thought!
(278 characters)

By JP at JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer:
Futility
People scurry about
short meaningless lives
in search of diversions
but finding none
never stopping to notice
the sullen sound of a rainstorm
or the flower reaching for life
from a crack in the sidewalk
they see only the futility
I see a boy with his head
stuck in a railing
and I smile
character count 276

By The Dark Netizen:
I Spy
Spying is fun.
My new neighbour is so cute. I wonder what she’s looking for on her terrace. I think I’ll fit in here, need to have a closer look. Yum. Her husband is one lucky man. Wait, isn’t that him? Why’s he tied? What! Did she just knife him?
Shit! I’m stuck and she’s seen me.
Character Count: 280

By Kelley at AuthorAnonBlog:
Evidence
“Oh shit.” Mark disappeared below the railing.
“What?” Emmy strained to see beyond the trees.
“No, it’s Mrs. Smith!” Mark leaned between the columns. “She has her tongue down the pool boys throat again.”
Emmy handed the camera up to him. “We’re here to get evidence after all.”
48 words – 276 characters

By Margo at That Little Voice:
He could be watching the Yankees battle the Dodgers through a loose board at the stadium. Or has he lifted the tent flap to spy on performing elephants when the circus came to town
The memories of youth led him to yet another hopeful peek through a hole in the wall.
(266 characters)

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
Being height-challenged, John struggled to see the clowns walking in the parade below. So he stuck his head through the balustrade spindles, to get a better look! How beautiful was all of the colors and the smiles of the clowns! He was so happy that he had not miss them.
(272 characters)

By Hayley at The Story Files:
Over the Wall
He heard music and laughter coming from the other side of the wall. Curiously, he stuck is head through the balustrades and saw his newly divorced wife having a party with her friends. She looked happier then she had been in years.

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Binksy*
binsky*, an American street artist, has a way with the satirical. Their latest installation, s-t-( * )-u-c-k, captures the present state of American politics and culture.
Posted on instragram, with cryptic clues as to it’s location, binksy sends all on a merry art chase through DC!
(278)
* nod, nod, wink, wink to street artist Banksy and the Banksy effect (Hop over to Lorraine’s blog to read more!)


Excellent roundup everyone! Thank you for taking on the challenge! For this week, a photo by sasint at Pixabay.com. It’s a familiar hospital scene, but the possibilities are endless. Write about the doctor (is he thinking about something else?) Or perhaps the patient is having an out of body experience. What about that. Whatever the story keep it under 280 characters. I’ll see you at the roundup!


Twittering Tales #143 – 25 June 2019

Photo by sasint at pixabay.com

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“Dr. Gerard, you can finish up here.”

“Yes sir. Tell me, why would such a beautiful woman want to change how she looks?”

“She wanted to look “normal”. Told me not a day goes by that she is not ogled at or propositioned.”

“That’s sad. Well I hope she gets what she was hoping for.”

~kat

277 Characters

 

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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


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