Tuesday – Anything Possible Creative Kue #122 by Keith Channing

Keith explains. “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 #122

Talkin’ to Me? By John W.Howell © 2017

“Psst. Hey, mister.”

“W-what? Who said that?”

“You waiting to see the doc?”

“Are you talking to me?”

“Who else is in the room. Look around. No one here but us two.”

“Wait a minute. Cats can’t talk. Is this some kind of prank?”

“It would be called a punked. And no this is not that.”

“So what is it? Somebody throwing their voice?”

“No. See my lips moving. I’m really trying to talk to you.”

“So what do you want?”

“I’ll tell you what I don’t want.”

“Whats that?”

“The damn operation that’s what.”

“What operation?”

“Man, you are real quick aren’t you?”

“No need to be rude.”

“Yeah, sorry. I’m using my cat brain and my human voice. Sometimes the two don’t work together right.”

“No problem. Let me ask again, what operation? You look fine to me.”

“Then why do they say I need to be fixed. I don’t feel broken.”

“Oh, I get it. You’re going to be neutered.”

“Neutered? What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“It means you won’t be able to sire more cats.”

“And how is this a good thing?”

“Well, for one thing, you won’t be bringing unwanted and perhaps abandoned kittens into the world.”

“I get that. What do I get out of this deal?”

“You won’t be fighting with other cats and will possibly live longer.”

“Okay, most of my fights are over romance. Are you saying there is no more romance?”

“Yup. All of that will be forgotten.”

“So they are going to fix my brain?”

“No. Just the things that cause your brain to go crazy at the sight of a female. Everything else remains the same.”

“So no fights and no romance and you say I may live longer.”

“That’s what they tell me.”

“Maybe it just seems like you live longer with all that boredom.”

“I wouldn’t know.”

“You been fixed?”

“More or less son. More or less.”




  1. Now that he mentions it, removing those two urges could lead to a longer life. Not an interesting one, but it could certainly reduce the stress.

    1. And it would seem much longer too. 😀

  2. Kit will also no longer have the huge stress of feeling compelled to pee on things that he knows without a doubt that he isn’t supposed to “spray.”
    Have a terrific Tuesday, John. Time to get to the office now. Hugs.

    1. Funny. I had a female cat who was spayed but felt compelled to place her personal touch on everything. We of course loved her to death and tried to ignore her behavior. (20 years worth) Thanks, Teagan

  3. “More or less, Son. More or less” says it all, doesn’t it?
    Great take, John.

    1. Thanks, Keith. It does say it all. 😀

    2. As always, John, your ending was great. Loved it!

      1. Thank you, Staci. Appreciate your visits.

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Your dialogue for this Creative Kue photo is both ingenious and tender. Very well done! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen. You say the nicest things. 🙂

  5. When I saw the photo, I knew your words wouldn’t disappoint, John. Great job!

    1. Thank you, Jill

  6. Great job, John… a talking cat – I love it! I can think of a few humans who need to be “fixed” – but I won’t go there.

    1. Ha ha ha. I do too. Thanks, John

      1. Well, let’s pray that when the animals take over, they will treat humans more humanely – even though I doubt that we deserve it.

  7. That was fun….although I’m thinking it probably won’t be that entertaining in the end for the poor cat. Had to chuckle about the guy too. Good take, John, as always.

    1. Thank you, Mae. Love your comments.

  8. And the dog behind the couch sighs and murmmers . . .”me too . . .”

    1. Ha ha ha. Yes.

  9. My cat saw this post and is now cowering in the corner repeating “I’m in my happy place.” Brought up some memories he’d rather forget.

    1. I can understand that. Thanks, Teri.

  10. HaHa, good one! That’s a pretty fancy office, even for a doctor. I was thinking the old guy might have heard something in that closet,

    1. Nope it was the cat for sure.

  11. “More or less son. More or less.”

    1. Ramblings of an old man. 😀

  12. Sometimes the stress of it all is worth it.

    1. Um. Maybe. 😀

  13. Excellent, John. Maybe it does just seem longer.

    1. That’s what I think happens to people who don’t drink. They don’t live any longer it just seems like it.

      1. And the people who don’t eat bacon

      2. Ha ha ha. 😀

  14. Hilarious!

    1. Thanks Jan. 🙂

  15. It looks like the dog found the hiding spot first.

    1. He’s next in the fixit line.

  16. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Enjoy a morning short story from John Howell… a cat and an ole fellah with something in common! #recommended

    1. Thank you, Sally. 🙂

  17. paulandruss · ·

    Brilliant John..More or less son. More or less. cracked me up

    1. So glad. That is the whole idea. 😀

  18. Lol, clever and great ending John. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Debby. 😀

  19. HA, HA! What a great ending! Looks like both of them will be out of action! 🙂

    1. Yes it does. Thank you, Judy.

  20. Actually my cats, two males and two females, all fixed, still romance each other. I didn’t think they would, but they totally do, lol.

    1. :-D. Love is blind.

      1. It sure is! They pick which is their g/f as well and hiss at the other female when she tries to cuddle with them, lol.

    1. Thanks, Traci. 🙂

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