Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #144 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 #144

Open Wide by John W. Howell © 2017

“I don’t think I would go in there.”

“Why not. It is just a stone closet.”

“A stone closet? I’m pretty sure it is a little more than that.”

“Oh, yeah? What do you think it is?”

“It looks like a spot where they used to torture people.”

“Oh, C’mon. This is not a torture chamber. It is too small.”

“Well, it gives me the creeps.”

“Nonsense. Here take my camera. I want a picture of me in this closet.”

“Okay, but I’m warning you for the last time. I have a funny feeling about this.”

“Here I’m going to stand while you take the picture.”

“Okay. Smile. Wait. Why do you have your mouth open like that?”

“Since you are such a nervous Nelly I thought I would look like I’m screaming.”

“Look here there is a little plaque on the wall.”

“What does it say?”

“Dr. Tooth.”

“Dr Tooth? What the?”

“It’s a dentist office.”

“That’s right ladies. I’m Dr. Tooth.”

“W-what? Who said that? Where are you?”

“Ha ha ha. I am everywhere. Now I need to see your teeth. Open wide. Let me see how many of these beauties need to come out.”




  1. What can I say? Fangs for that, John!
    It’s actually a recess in an old, disused railway tunnel – presumably for workers to get into if a train arrived. The light was added in software.

    1. It was a good one, Keith

  2. A dentist ghost? That’s just beyond terrifying.

    1. Can you imagine? Made my heart race writing it. 🙂

  3. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew this would be good. Great job, John!

  4. Nothing scares quite like the dentist – good one John!

    1. Thanks, Dan. 🙂

  5. No wonder dentists have the highest suicide rate among the professions! Those poor guys and gals! And what do they do? Give us beautiful smiles, allow us to enjoy our favorite meals, keep our original teeth beyond our 30th birthday… all this, and we heap this abuse upon them! Wow! Great interpretation, John!

    1. Yup. That is the way it goes. I think the movie Marathon Man depicted all of our fears. Thanks, John

      1. I don’t think I saw that movie. Enjoy your day, good sir.

      2. Marathon Man inspired one of my Clovis scenes.

  6. Gwen Plano · ·

    Too funny… Might you share the story with your dentist? 😀

    1. I don’t think he has a sense of humor. I have a new one and so far we have not bonded.

  7. I laughed as soon as I saw the pic!

  8. It looks like a shaft. “Look there goes another one.” “Wonder where they all wind up?”

    1. Very good. I think I was swayed by the open mouth.

  9. Too funny!! I was thinking singing contest.

    1. That would have been good as well

  10. Haha! Nothing like a little pre-Halloween horror to get us warmed up. Nice job, John.

    1. Thanks, Phillip. 🙂

  11. I’ve been having some weird orthodontic dreams lately, as my daughter goes through headgear and expander fittings…your post will only worsen them, I fear.
    Fun, John

    1. Thanks, Audrey. Is is safe?

      1. Is the headgear safe? Yes, 10 out of 10 Othodontists approve. 🙂

      2. Good. 😀 You have to look up Marathon Man on YouTube. 😀

      3. Well that was frightening…
        I get it now. Lol

  12. Perfect for Halloween. I can hear the evil laughter bouncing off those dank stone walls.

    1. And the drill. Eeeek

  13. Always a surprise, John.

  14. […] Open Wide by John W. Howell © 2017 […]

    1. Thanks for the link, Keith

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