Tuesday Anything Possible – Kreative Kue Photo Prompt # 40

As you may know, I have become enamored by the talent of Keith Channing. He has a weekly prompt named Kreative Kue, which runs on Mondays. Here are the instructions from Keith for the prompt. “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 before 6pm on Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated.”

His advice. “Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your blog or website, next Monday.” Here is the photo.

Kreative Kue #40

Here is my interpretation.

The Roman by John W. Howell © 2015

“Larry look at that guy.”

“I can’t he will see if I turn my head. Tell me.”

“Okay. You won’t believe it. He looks like a Roman.”


“Sush, not so loud.”

“Okay, is this better?”


“How do you know he looks like a Roman.”

“Well for one thing he has leather armor on.”

“Well, that is odd but is it like Roman armor?”

“That’s my opinion, Larry. You are such a pain sometimes. The point isn’t if he is authentic it’s that he is in costume.”

“Hey, you told me to keep my voice down. You should too.”

“Yeah fine. Want some of this sandwich?”

“No. I want to know more about the Roman.”

“Just look at him. What’s he going to do? Run you through with his spear.”

“He has a spear?”

“Yes, it’s laying on the box he is sitting on.”

“That’s a little more like it. I’m going to sneak a peek. OMG, he is wearing Bally sandals .”

“You idiot I didn’t say he was a Roman I said he looks like one.”

“He has horn-rim glasses. What a fake. You didn’t tell me about the glasses.”

“I could hit you with this sandwich. Why don’t you go tell him not me.”

” I would like to do that very thing.”

“What’s stopping you ?”

“He does have a spear, and I have to say his haircut looks right. I’m unsure.”

“You’re impossible.”

“Still offering a bite of the sandwich?”

“Please don’t make me tell you what to bite given how I feel right now.”


  1. It’s interesting how we both saw a disagreement between the other two figures. Nice interpretation, John, thank you.

    1. It is interesting. I just read yours.

  2. LOL. I guess a guy in a Roman soldier costume is always good for starting an argument of one kind or another. Have a terrific Tuesday, John. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. You as well.

  3. Now I’m curious as to what is really going on there. He looks a little sad.

    1. He is waiting for the chariot which he parked in valet.

      1. Must be easy to find it at least. Though the horses could be a problem.

  4. *laughs* I do think the glasses complete the look.

    1. I kinda liked them myself.

  5. You have to wonder how many times he has been cited for loitering.

    1. Or impersonating a Centurian.

  6. Lovin’ the whole leather thong thing! Great piece of people-watching dialogue lol 😉

  7. How the mighty centurions have fallen…

    1. Say it ain’t so​ Joe.

  8. Man, that appointment at the eye doctor took forever.

    1. Ha ha ha. Good one.

  9. Writers take every opportunity to eavesdrop on conversations. This is a great take — he looks much like the Romans in my old Latin books (minus the glasses, of course!)

    1. Don’t forget the Bally sandals

  10. Entertaining as always, John. 😀 😀 😀 Perfect pitch.

    1. Hey!!!!! WELCOME BACK. 😀

      1. Thank YOU, John. I’m back for a bit and then gone again. Can’t seem to get to the post I want to write about my summer goings on…

  11. Great take John, I see the issue of the glasses came up in your tale. I answered in my comments. Having been in Rome and seen these guys in action they are not as cute as they appear. If you ask them for a photo they’ll agree and then hassle you for money so I stayed well clear as my Italian was poor, my ability to argue poorer and I thought if I had to I might be able to out run them.

    1. Ha ha ha. The running part is the biggest guarantee.

  12. […] The Roman by John W. Howell © 2015 […]

    1. Thanks for the mention Keith.

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