Tuesday – Anything possible Kreative Kue #46 by Keith Channing

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 #46

Le Roc by John W. Howell © 2015

“Well, mom I guess you’ll just have to get used to the fact.”

“My boy I just can’t stand the idea of you having a family before you figure out what you want to do with your life.”

“It’s a little late for that Mom. We already have a child.”

“I know son, but it seems you are not giving yourself or the child a break.’

“What are you saying mother. Give up the child?”

“She said you didn’t need to be involved.”

“I am involved. That’s our child she is holding.”

“Hush. Keep your voice down she’ll hear you.”

“She is standing outside and it’s raining. I don’t think she will hear me.”

“I think you ought to walk away. Look at you. You don’t even have a car. You have that damned motorcycle. That is not a proper conveyance for a baby let alone its mother.”

“Don’t you have any feelings for the baby? She’s your grandchild.”

“How do you know she’s my grandchild? Did you do a paternity test?”

“No of course not. She and I have been exclusive.”

“Seems to me any woman who would engage in sex before marriage is the type to have many partners.”

“Okay, mom. That’s it. I’m through talking. I’m going out to join my family. You can do what you want. This baby is ours and we’re going to be fine. Give my best to dad. Tell him thanks for driving you here.”

“Your father feels the same as I.”

“Yeah, I got the hint with him waiting in the car.”

“Please say you’ll think it over.”

“I’m going outside to wait with my family for the rain to stop and then we’re going home.”

“Goodbye, son.”

“Bye mother.”






  1. Not a very charitable soul, is she? Pity Dad’s not being at least a bit supportive, although perhaps he doesn’t have that choice?

    1. I think dad is the driving force here.

      1. I think he is typical of French men; in this area at least. It is very common to see the man seated in his car, reading a newspaper, while his wife in is the supermarket doing the shopping. He won’t budge until the bags are loaded into the back of the vehicle, and his wife seated and strapped in.

      2. He would last about a day here.

  2. Know several people in situations like this. Rather sad when it happens, but you can’t force a person to accept a situation.

    1. No. Especially when they have set opinions.

      1. Thinking of how you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Seems an apt expression here.

  3. Ouch. Unfortunately, that is possible. Good effort for today’s theme John.

  4. I’m sure when grandma sees the baby, she might pull a complete 180. I’ve heard of similar situations.

    1. Let’s hope so (Wait a minute. I made all this up)

  5. Harsh. What? No second chances?. I guess the young man know his own mind. Happens.
    Good reading, John. A difficult side to this kind of story. ❤

  6. I wondered what inspired this story… then I noticed how sullen both their expressions were. 🙂


  7. HaHa! Not the angle I’d have taken, John, but very effective nonetheless. Is that a loaf of bread in his hand, along with the helmet? Probably easier to carry that home on a motorcycle than a woman with a baby!

  8. I like to think this happened in the 1950s. That might explain the mother’s attitude. Cheers for the young man.

  9. […] Le Roc by John W. Howell © 2015 […]

    1. Thanks for the mention here Keith.

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