Tuesday – Anything Possible – Prompt from Keith Channing

Keith Channing has a prompt each week he calls Kreative Kue. He posts a picture and has these instructions. “ Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; and either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithkreates@channing.fr.”  Here is the link to his post http://channing.info/wp/2015/08/17/kreative-kue-38-2/

This week’s photo.

a van

The Agent by John W. Howell © 2015

“I’m telling you I know this area, and you can find a reasonably priced home. All you have to do is keep looking.”

“Well, you’re my real estate agent. Why don’t you show me some things?”

“That’s why we’re here.”

“In a shopping center in front of a barber shop.”

“Now you have to keep an open mind.”

“Open mind about what?”

“About living in a barber shop.”

“You have to be kidding me.”

“Are you allergic to hair?”

“That’s not the point. Why do you think I should live in a barber shop?”

“Well for one thing this is Florida, and your budget is pretty small. Besides I think I can get the owner to knock off some of the rent if you agree to sweep up at night.”

“This is ridiculous. Where do you live if I may ask?”

“You’re in my house.”

“This van?”

“Well, it’s better than a barbershop. I even have a pet whatchamacallit bird out for a walk right now.”

“I need a new agent.”

“No, you need a ton more money.”



  1. Nice job, John. One thing I’ve always wondered, though, is that American Estate agents are called Real Estate Agents. Does that mean there are some that are not real? 😉

    1. Some estates may not be real I’m thinking. Like the van.

  2. That last line is so true. At least it wasn’t a tanning salon.

    1. Ha ha ha. That would be a problem.

  3. Ha ha! I’d definitely choose the van over a barbershop…all that hair…yuck!

    1. I know right? Think of the itch factor.

      1. And the gross factor.

  4. Whew! I thought you were being visited by the stork.

    1. Good thing NOT. 🙂

  5. Nicely done, John. I particularly like your description of the “pet whatchamacallit bird”!!

  6. *laughing* Good one. I do believe he should move out of state.

  7. Maybe a laundromat is available? The washers would be like those old vibrating beds.. just put a coin in the slot.

    1. Good for putting kids to sleep.

  8. Hahaha! That’s about the way it is around here, but the cost of parking the van would be as much as renting an entire house in most other places. And then they’d write you a ticket if you didn’t have a license tag on the front (as well as the back) even if you never moved the van. (They came into my “driveway” (actually the tiny parking lot beside my townhouse), and wrote me a ticket for not having a tag on the front of my car. It was bought in a state that didn’t require front tags, and I had looked all over the place trying to find somebody to attach the tag…. Oh yes… I love it here.

    1. You are in the seat of all knowledge. Just ask anyone. 🙂

      1. And all taxes too! 😀 Hugs!

      2. Yes. That too! Hugs back.

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