The Art of the Deal

“Daddy, I did something nice today,” my daughter chirped.

“What, baby?” I asked.

She squealed, “I ex..ex..exchained my old phone for a new doll.”

“Very good baby,” I stuttered, as my face went ashen.

Hiding the pink panther in her toy phone had seemed like such a great idea.

 

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Photo by MabelAmber at Pixabay.com

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277 characters.

Written in response to Kat’s twittering tale # 93. The objective is to write a story in 280 characters or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt.

 

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Run Dale Run

Her face was dripping with sweat, clouding her vision, and her lungs were on fire, but Dale knew she couldn’t afford to slow down, or the men would catch up with her.

Running like crazy, she almost didn’t realize that she had reached the edge of the roof. The next roof was too far away, this was definitely the end of the road for her.

She’d almost lost hope when she saw it- the awning.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Without breaking her stride, she leaped towards it, as if she was flying.

This early morning Parkour practice was much more fun than she’d thought!

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100 words.

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

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The Sleepy Little Town

He woke up to the view of a glorious morning, sun shining bright and cheerful, with no clouds around to spoil its mood. It was going to be a spectacular day, he just knew it in his bones.

But as soon as he got down from the bed, he knew something was wrong. He tottered like he had done on the night he’d gobbled down four buckets of beer on a bet. Luckily, he managed to take the support of the bed post, or else he would surely have fallen down. As it is, just this much exertion made him feel as if he’d run 20 miles.

He somehow walked up to the window and looked outside.

Photo prompt courtesy Anonymous

Now he was sure that something was drastically wrong. The town looked as if no one had lived there for years.

And it was then that he saw the sign on the street below, and understood…absolutely nothing.

It said, “UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please do not make any loud noises, you might wake Rip Van Winkle up.”

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174 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The objective is to write a story in 175 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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The Fall

Ralph stared unblinkingly at the T-shirt on the wall, along with photos of him and his brother, Waldo.

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Photo prompt courtesy Susan Spaulding

Both of them had been big fans of Maradona, but Waldo’s love for the great footballer bordered on obsession.

Ralph remembered everything from that day vividly. The day they had gone to watch Maradona play in the World Cup.

The long wait outside the stadium.

The slinking around to locate an opportunity for getting in unseen.

The mad dash across the corridor.

The forced entry into the locker room.

The apprehension on Maradona’s face, and then the dazzling smile as he realized that they were not there to harm him.

The sight of Maradona taking off his T-shirt, signing it, and giving it to Waldo.

He remembered it all.

He’d seen it all.

But what he had not seen was Waldo passing on that dose of ephedrine to Maradona under the cover of the T-shirt.

What he had not seen was the drug test that Maradona failed that day, and was banned for life.

What he had not seen was Waldo’s confession to him, and his lashing out blindly.

What he had not seen was Waldo’s fall from the balcony.

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198 words.

Written as a part of Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding. The challenge is to write a story in 200 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt. For more details, visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

A brief note on Maradona’s fall from grace:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/3639425.stm

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Resilience

Charli fell on her knees with her head held in her hands and let out a loud, piercing wail.

The fence was broken, and so were all her dreams, hopes, and aspirations. All the horses bolted….not a single one left.

All her hard work…all that waiting…it had all been for nothing. Her life was over…for good.

But then, she took a deep breath and shook her head violently.

No, she would not allow despair to overpower her spirit. She would find another ranch, and prove to everyone that there was no rustler better than her.

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Written as a part of the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by Charli Mills.

Charli’s prompt this week was:

July 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a broken fence. You can mend it, leave it, or explain its place in a story. Go where the prompt leads.

 

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If Wishes Were Ribbons…

We stared at the Wishing Tree with wonder.

Photo prompt courtesy Sue Vincent

So majestic, so magical. I could SEE what great things could be done through its powers.

“Cut it down,” I told my foreman, “we’ll use these ribbons to make Wishing Pods, and sell them to the rich & the famous for a 100 Mn apiece.”

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Photo by katermikesch at Pixabay.com

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274 characters.

This is a mashup of two challenges:

  1. Sue Vincent’s  Thursday photo prompt: Wishes #writephoto
  2. Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales #92 – 10 July 2018

 

 

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The Serial Killer

Dr. Dang’s face was white, but expressionless, as he started his confession.

Photo prompt courtesy Liz Young

“I saw my neighbors having fun at their poolside party, the kids playing with a new doll, the adults drinking away as if there was no tomorrow, and something snapped inside me. I took out my surgical knife, and…”

At this point, Dr. Dang finally lost his composure, and broke down completely.

He knew that his confession had doomed him irrevocably, but the doll….Chucky…..had been quite explicit about what he would do to Dr. Dang’s family if he DID NOT take the blame for those murders.

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

Note: For those unfamiliar with the serial killer doll Chucky, here’s a brief bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chucky_(Child%27s_Play)

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