Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #141 by Keith Channing

In 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 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 #141

Calling Home by John W. Howell © 2017

“Yeah, hello.”

“Who you calling?”

“I’m trying to reach home.”

“Why? We are fine. You know father gets all funny when we call him.”

“He just is worried is all. He thinks something is wrong all the time. Hello is this you, father?”

“Did you get him?”

“No there is something wrong with the connection. I’ll try later.”

“How many bars do you have?”

“Hmm. My cell says no service.”

“That’s why you can’t get through. You’ll have to wait until we get near a tower.”

“You would think there would be some service. We are right in the middle of a major city.”

“Yeah. Urm what city is this?”

“What do you mean ‘What city is this?’ It’s the one we flew into yesterday.”

“Name it.”

“OMG, I forgot the name.”

“Right. I don’t believe you can tell me what day it is either.”

“It’s Tuesda— Wait, no it’s Monday. Yes, it’s Monday.”

“You sure?”

“Why are you asking me these questions.”

“Because we are lost that’s why. We boarded a plane on Saturday and flew off into the sky. Do you remember landing anywhere?”

“Um. Now that you mention it, no.”

“See. I’m telling you we are in another dimension.”

“I’m not sure. Let’s ask someone.”

“Okay, there’s a person. Hey, could you tell us where we are?”

“They didn’t hear you. Ask another.”

“Young lady. Over here. Can you tell us where we are?”

“There is something wrong none of them hear you.”

“I’m starting to get scared. Oh, look, a police officer. Officer, can you help us?”

“Yes, what is it?”

“You can hear me then?”

“Of course I can. What is it you want?”

“Could you tell us where we are?”

“Certainly. You are in a photo in a prompt run by a couple of idiots.”



  1. Phew, I thought the Langoliers were going to show up. Better an idiot run prompt than a Stephen King story.

    1. Tommy knockers were in the lobby. Thanks, Charles.

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

    2. Ha – that’s the first thing I thought of also, Charles! Probably my fav King short story.

      1. I don’t know why that movie stuck with me since I’ve only seen it once.

      2. I read the book and still have thoughts about it.

      3. How different was the book from the movie?

      4. I never saw the movie.

      5. I never read the book, so I guess we need a tie-breaker.

      6. Yup. Bueller, Bueller?

      7. Now that’s stuck in my head

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    LOL!! Every Tuesday I try to guess what you are going to say about the photo, and every Tuesday I’m wrong. Thank you for another fun beginning of the day. 😀

    1. I love little surprises, Gwen. Thank you.

  3. Fantastic job! This was hilarious!

  4. Absolutely brilliant, John – again, I never saw that coming! I’m in awe of your imaginative powers.

    1. Thank you, John. That’s my job. 😀

      1. Yes, and I’d like you to keep it!

  5. Reblogged this on Siân Glírdan and commented:
    Love this! ❤

    1. Thank you for the reblog, Jan

  6. Ha ha – that’s great, John. An alternate reality twist – I love it.

    1. Thank you, Dan. 😀

  7. Brilliant punchline. I loved it.

  8. Another John Howell classic! I loved it.

    1. Thank you, Jan. 😀

  9. Whenever the beer is tasteless, the conversation sounds like static and the world actually is flat, you know you are in a photo.

    1. I guess you are right, Greg. Good checklist.

  10. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Ha ha realizing you are someone’s story…perfect.

  11. LOL…. Good one, John. I was beginning to think they had gotten some place much more sinister… like hell… or worse — here! 😈
    Have a terrific Tuesday. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I wanted to mislead you

  12. It’s a good thing I’m having lunch in a private office or I’d have to explain why I suddenly burst out laughing.
    You get a standing ovation for that closing line!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Means a lot.

  13. Brilliant ending! I would have guessed The Twilight Zone. You keep us sane, John! Or maybe crazy to keep coming back for more! We are curious!

    1. Thanks, Jo. I hope you keep coming back.

  14. Vacation really can have this affect. 🙂

  15. […] Calling Home by John W. Howell © 2017 […]

    1. Thank you, Traci.

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