Tuesday – Anything Possible – Creative Kue #66 by Keith Krates

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 own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t seem to be working, and I haven’t yet figured out why.

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

Kreative Kue #66

Here is my interpretation.

Right of Way by John W. Howell © 2016

“I have to say I love it out here.”

“I do too. It is so quiet.”

“You can say that again. Remember when we were worried about the train tracks?”

“Yeah, that was a hoot.”

“We were all concerned that there would be too much noise.’

“Yeah, remember telling the real estate agent that we might want to pass on the house.’

“I sure do. I can see her face now.’

“Talk about red. I’ve never seen a color like that.”

“Me either. I thought she was going to explode.”

“Well, she did convince us to take the house. She said the tracks are  never used.”

“She was sure right about that. I don’t think there has been a train since we move in.”

“I can’t recall one. Come to think about it.”

“Why is it we are sitting here at this station then?”

“Well, you know how it is.”

“Tell me how it is.”

“You never know when there will be one.”

“And so.”

“We want to be ready to complain to the real estate agent.”

“I think we are a little nuts don’t you?”

“She said never and never is a long time.”

“For sure.”



  1. And Nevers is a city in France, where the Magny-cours race track is. You know, the one where they used to hold the Formula 1 French Grand Prix. Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

    1. Ah. Did not know that piece of information. I was visiting some folks in Avignon and they were glued to the TV watching the GP.

      1. Ah, Avignon. That’s where we eventually bought our camper – five hours’ drive over the mountains, and three return trips to try and get faults fixed!

      2. I feel your pain.

  2. Judging by those weeds, I think never is a really long time. That’s a beautiful photo, John.

    1. I agree. Keith does take great photos.

  3. I know people like that. I like the alien cloud message in the upper right.

    1. Keith always puts his signature somewhere in the photo.

      1. Dang, I thought someone was trying to reach me.

  4. Feels like the end of a Twilight Zone episode to me. Not sure why.

    1. I get the same feeling. Thanks.

  5. Oh, I agree with Charles. It is something out of the Twilight Zone. Now, we’re all ready to await that train. Also, liked the way this was pure dialogue. You made it interesting with a delicious finale.

    1. Thanks. I hear a lonesome whistle coming around the bend.

  6. My first thought: are these people sure they’re alive? Mighty lonely and desolate. Sitting at a long-forgotten train station sounds like they’re stuck.
    Love this eerie story. 😀 🙂 😀

  7. As I write this, a major winter onslaught is approaching Niagara Falls, John.
    Thank you for the literary comfort.

    1. Put on your parka for those by the auto scenes.

  8. …and then three came along at once.

    1. I know right. And you with a package of ice cream.

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