The Scoop

Jimmy excitedly picked up the newspaper fresh from the press, ink still wet and smudgy. But he didn’t care. He eyes were transfixed on the front page photograph that would save his career.

His name had been on the list of those being given the pink slip at month-end. Not after this exclusive!

The scheme to push the kid into the snow leopard’s cage had been hare-brained and hair-raising, but it DID work out brilliantly in the end, thought Jimmy Olsen to himself, as he looked at the photograph of his friend Superman rescuing a child from the cage.

223 01 January 14th 2018

Photo courtesy Al Forbes.


99 words.

Once again, this week’s story is a mashup of two separate challenges:

1.The Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by their lead buckaroo Charli Mills. The prompt this week was:

January 11, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about wet ink. It can be artistic, writerly or something completely off-the-wall. Go where the prompt leads.

2. The Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Al Forbes. The objective was to write a story of 200 words or less based on the photo prompt given above. For more details visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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16 Responses to The Scoop

  1. dancjulian says:

    no, Jimmy, no!
    Superman will find out…

  2. Good job it was Superman’s day off! Nice one Anurag

  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Oh dear, it must be hard for Superman to be Jimmy’s friend sometimes, when he comes up with these dangerous schemes But these days, it’s hard not to sympathize with someone willing to do anything to keep their job. Interesting take on the prompt!

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I can’t imagine Jimmy Olsen getting involved in such underhand tactics – then again, he is a journalist so…!

  5. Creepy! But so glad Superman saved the day. =)

  6. Charli Mills says:

    What a brilliant exposure of Superman’s seemingly naive and innocent your photographer friend. That’s the perfect 21st-century twist on Jimmy Olsen!

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  8. Michael B. Fishman says:

    Who knew that Jimmy would go to these extremes to save his job! We all need a friend like Superman in our corner, no? Thanks for the smile this morning!

  9. I’m so disappointed in Jimmy Olsen for putting a child in danger just to save his job. Superman needs to have a serious talk with him. Good writing with a bit of dark humor included Anurag. 😏— Suzanne

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