Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #137

Keith’s words. “Using this photo ( Below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keith@channing.info before 6 pm 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 #137

The Project by John W. Howell © 2017

“So how long have you been working this project?”

“Hmm. Let me think. I think I joined the group when I was about twenty.”

“Okay. You look about sixty. That is a long time.”

“I’m twenty-eight.”

“Oh, my goodness. I apologize. It must have been the gray hair that threw me.”

“Yeah, I can see that. I guess it fools a lot of people.”

“Any idea why your hair turned?”

“I do have an idea. It is this project.”

“OMG. I just joined this project.  Can you give me some pointers?”

“I guess I could. For one thing, if you decide on a flying buttress, do not change your mind.”

“Why would I change my mind?”

“Believe me there could be a few reasons.”

“Name one.”

“The chief.”

“The Chief? Who’s that?”

“Not who. The question should have been ‘What’s that?’”

“Okay. What is the Chief?”

“The One and Only. The Big Kahuna. The Whole Enchilada.”

“I’m still confused.”

“The being that decided it needed this Edifice Rex.”

“You talking about the Creator?”

“Among a few who would want a house like this.”

“Naw. C’mon. If the Creator wanted a house like this, it would be a snap of the fingers.”

“I didn’t say it was the Creator.”

“Who then?”

“Think opposite.”

“You mean?”

“Welcome to hell, kid.”



  1. Ha! Speaking of which, time to get dressed for the office. Still sending good thoughts, John. Hugs on the wing.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    LOL. I truly don’t know how you come up with these stories, but I’m pretty sure you have fun creating them. With all the students in the photo, the edifice must be on or near a college campus. Wherever, the story has an interesting (and unexpected!) twist. Have a great day. 🙂

    1. Thanks Gwen. i wrote this waiting in line to go into Port Aransas

  3. Great job, John! I’m laughing at Teagan’s comment. 🙂

  4. He’s in New Jersey? 😜

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Charles

  5. This sounds vaguely similar to my current project at work. You don’t think…

    Nice job, John. I always love the twist.

  6. LOL! You got me again, good sir! Well done!

  7. Pretty much describes every software project I was involved with. First it starts with an “advisory committee” and that is hell right there.

    1. Ha ha ha. not to mention the live beta.

  8. Oh my! Wow! What did you find yesterday, John?

    1. Lots of damage but repairable.

      1. Thank goodness. I honestly am relieved to hear that. I’m sure there are all sorts of hazards, so I know you’ll take care. Hugs.

      2. Yes. Lots. (Can you say rattlesnake?)

      3. Well, at least you still have something to work from. I’m happy to hear it’s not a total loss. And yes, watch out for slithering critters!

  9. Sounds familiar…ugh, it’s only Tuesday.

  10. Hey, I know this one!

    I have a small plaque on my desk to remind me of the 6 phases of a project:
    Search for the guilty
    Punishment of the innocent
    Praise and honors for the nonparticipants

    Thanks for the fun, John!

    1. Ha ha ha. I had the same one.

  11. Many thanks, John. If anyone is interested, the building pictured is Exeter Cathedral (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exeter_Cathedral)

  12. That would explain the gray hair.

  13. An unexpected twist! Nice one. Keeping you and TX in my thoughts and prayers!

    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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