Let the Storm Come!

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Dark clouds gathered ominously over the city, threatening to unleash their full fury at a moment’s notice.
But this time around, there were no panicked preparations to weather the storm.
There was no need.
There was no one left to panic, the nuclear war had taken care of that.

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277 characters.

Written in response to Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tale 135

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Targets Targets!

“Get up,” he called out, insistently, incessantly.

I shook my head and tried to get on to my feet, but tumbled down, again.

It was just too cold, and my body needed rest, desperately.

But he just wouldn’t give up.

“Get up,” he cried out again, “they’re counting on us.”

And that, more than his pushing, is what led me to dig deep into my sisu, my inner strength, and with a huge heave and a loud wheeze, I finally got up.

Harsh winters or not, Christmas Eve was no time for one of Santa’s chief reindeer to sleep!

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99 words.

Written in response to Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch May 2 Flash Fiction Challenge.

May 2, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sisu. It’s a Finnish concept of enduring strength, the ability to consistently overcome. Think long-term. Go where the prompt leads!

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Redundant!

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No one needs a postman anymore.

Not his customers, the billions of hearts he used to connect to each other.

Not his employer, the Govt., which now looks upon him as a redundancy.

And not even his own family, it appears…or they would have paid me the ransom I was asking for him.

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280 characters.

Written in response to Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales #134 – 30 April 2019

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The Royal Bodyguard

The sword almost slipped from his hand, as his opponent feinted sharply. He was weary with exhaustion, but giving up was not an option.

Giving up meant breaking the trust of the king who had made him his royal bodyguard.

And so, he dug deep into the inner recesses of his soul, and attacked, one last time.

A fountain of blood spurted out, followed by a cry that shook the palace to its core.

And as he looked in alarm at the king’s bloodied nose, and the triumphant fly flitting about, all that the monkey could say was, “Oops!”

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99 words.

Written as a part of Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch April 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

Note: This is my take on an ancient Indian tale, from a brilliant collection of folklore called the Panchtantra, written centuries ago. These are stories about talking animals, magic, seers and curses, and adventure galore, but each tale has a moral embedded into it. Here’s the original story, for those interested: http://www.talesofpanchatantra.com/the-king-and-the-foolish-monkey

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Annihilation

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Through the helmet, I looked at the Space Station and my heart shattered.

Those beasts had massacred my friends. I was the only one left now.

But I refused to lose myself in despair.

Revenge would be mine. ..as soon as my new host, this human, returned to his planet Earth.

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274 characters.

Written in response to Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales #133 – 23 April 2019

 

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Obsession

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I stared ceaselessly at the building from way down below

Waiting for her visage to finally appear at the window

The heavy snowfall and the dark, moonless night

Together made me feel that my chances were not too bright.

 

But instead of choosing to lie down and mope

I kept my chin up, not for a moment losing hope

Just then, I caught a glimpse of her, even in the dark, looking radiant, almost glittering

And as she threw the garbage bag onto the street, I shouted, “Dale Rogerson, I hereby fine you 50 dollars for littering!”

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96 words.

Dale is going to kill me for this!

Written as a part of Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. To read many more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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Kids These Days!

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I hunted around for a coin, but nothing….I was as broke as I’d been this morning.

“Wouldn’t happen to have a quarter on ya, would ya?” I asked the girl.

The unreasonable brat just stared at me.

How on earth was I supposed to contact her Dad for ransom if I couldn’t call him up?

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280 characters.

Written in response to Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales #132 – 16 April 2019.

In other news, my second collection of short stories is out now, available on various platforms globally, including Amazon (Kindle), Kobo, Apple Books, Google Play Books, Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Scribd.

This link will take you to all the options for buying the book.

books2read.com/NoSpainNoGain

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Read, and if you like it, spread the love to support a struggling Author 

Gracias!

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