Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #116 By Keith Channing

In Keith’s words, “Using this photo (below) 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 next 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 often work.

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 web site, next Monday.”

The Photo.

Kreative Kue #116

Prisoners by John W. Howell © 2017

“Hey, you screws let us outta here.”

“Yeah, we want to talk to our lawyer.”


“Boy, he sure is a grump huh?”

“You have to wonder if he likes his job.”

“What’s to like. Walking around with that billy club is no life as I see it.”

“Think of having to watch the likes of us all day. Makes you almost feel sorry for him.”

“Sorry? Never. If I could get my paws on him, I’d show him a thing or two.”

“So what are we going to do?”

“Not sure right now. I would like to be able to talk to someone, but frankly, I don’t have anyone.”

“Wow. Me too. I used to have the nicest home.”

“Tell me.”

“We were happy, and then all of a sudden things changed.”

“What happened?”

“I heard them talking about moving and then the next thing I knew I was on the side of a country road. I thought we were going for a ride and they kicked me out.”

“Country road?”

“Yup. Then this wagon pulled up and caught me in a snare and put me with a bunch of homeless like me.”

“Did they charge you?”

“I don’t think so. If they did, I don’t remember. Those guys were pretty rough.”

“So how did you find yourself at Camp Fed.”

“Camp Fed?”

“Yeah, that’s what we call this place. It is minimum security.”

“I was in the general population when someone came in and said, “That one.”

“Ah, the same thing happened to me.”

“What did we do wrong?”

“I don’t think that’s the right question.”

“What is the right question?”

“What happens next is the next question.”


“OMG. I think this means we will be released.”

“Together. Did you hear the guy say ‘your sorry asses?”‘

“Oh man, this is great.”

“Just one thing.”

“Yeah what?”

“What makes us think these won’t put us out on a country road?”

“Cause I heard their name’s, Channing. That’s why. Come on let’s go.



  1. Nice, John. Thanks.

    Trevor, you know. Say hello to Gypsy, our daughter’s Am Staff.

    1. I hope they liked the role of prisoners. Nice to meet you Gypsy. 😀

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Ahhh, I love this story. Growing up on a farm, folks would drive by and leave their dogs. I guess they figured that a home with a lot of kids meant a home with lots of hands to pet their abandoned dog. They were right…♥

    1. I still can’t understand how someone could abandon a being that loves them. Maybe it’s just me. Thanks, Gwen.

  3. Great story, John! “Country Roads,” one of my favorite songs. 🙂

    1. I lived on a farm when the song was popular and used to travel a lot. The song always brought a tear when I was sitting somewhere in NYC. “Miss the taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eyes.” Thanks, Jill

      1. It’s an emotional song for me as well, John.

  4. Great story. Just noticed the cat peeking out near the top of the photo.

    1. Ha ha ha. I missed it. Thanks, Charles.

      1. Wonder how the cat got a billy club.

      2. Was on sale at Home depot.

      3. They have everything there.

  5. A lovely, creative take on this photo. John. So happy that the Channings gave those two a happy ending!

    1. Well, I made that part up but I think it could be true. They love animals. This was a little tribute to them.

      1. That’s sweet of you, good sir!

  6. This is a great photo to write from. Your story is terrific though, I know I’d never top it.

    1. Thanks, GP. I happen to think you could but that’s me. 😀

  7. Living to bark a few more days. Nice!

    1. Yup. Thanks, Audrey

  8. I’ll never understand how someone can just abandon an animal like that, but they do. Nice happy ending.

    1. Mystery to me as well, Craig. Thanks.

  9. “Hey, you screws let us outta here.”

    What a great opening line.

    I’m with you, I can’t understand abandoning a pet. I had to give one up before, but I made sure she had a good home.

    1. That is the responsible thing to do. Pets will get over an owner as long as they have someone else to love. Being abandoned is the worst for them.

      1. All of our cats had been abandoned. One in a river, one to a pet store and the two girls we currently share our house with were left at the side of the road near a farm.

  10. It kills me to think of people abandoning their furry family members. I know sometimes money is tight, but there are better solutions. Great story, spotlighting this tragic situation. So glad these guys got a happily-ever-after.

    1. Yes, me too. I couldn’t stand a difference outcome.

  11. I was depressed at first, but glad it turned into a HEA.

    1. That be Happy Ending After all?

      1. Happily Ever After – close enough.

  12. janhawke2014 · ·

    ❤ it! 😀

  13. I knew the minute I saw the picture you’d have some fun with this one, considering your own love and compassion for animals. Great post!

    1. Thank you, Jan. 🙂

  14. Aw, so glad this one turns out okay in the end! I’m a sucker for animals, as I think you are, so I hoped these two would see release. What kind of “animal” leaves a pet beside a strange road and expects it to fend for itself???

    1. I don’t know who can do that. I’m with you Debbie.

  15. Love it! I’m such a sap when it comes to animals and homeless critters. I was worried about these guys at the beginning, but you delivered an ending to leave me with a beaming smile. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Mae. I just couldn’t do otherwise.

  16. I love it, John. Great interpretation of a simple picture.

    1. Thank you, Julian

  17. 🙂 I love that your story had a happy ending.

    That image is too cute!

    1. Thank you, Deborah. Had to be.

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