Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #152 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.

The Solution By John W. Howell © 2017
“What are you looking at?”
“Shush. I think I hear something.”
“Don’t be a fool. There is nothing there. Keep digging.”
“I’m not sure I’ve told you I love you enough.”
“Aw, that’s sweet. What caused you to say that?”
“You know how I feel about you.”
“Yes, of course, I do.”
“I guess I’m a little taken with the fact we are on our honeymoon.”
“I know isn’t it wonderful? But you know this isn’t technically our honeymoon. That won’t begin until after the ceremony.”
“Well, I’m just filled with love. I think we have been on a honeymoon ever since we met.”
“You know, you say the nicest things.”
“I am so excited about our life together at last.”
“It has been a trial, but that is all behind us now.”
“I still think I hear something.”
“That is impossible.”
“Let me lean a little closer.”
“I think you are imagining things.”
“I don’t know. I may not have hit him hard enough.”
“Oh for heaven’s sake. He’s been dead for a day now. Hurry up and get him covered so we can get to the ceremony.”
“Should we say some words?”
“He was your husband after all.”


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Oh gosh, a thriller writer’s mind is like none other. I was thinking he was digging up a fern and had come across a snake, but that wouldn’t have been much of a story, would it? You’ve brought us into a book. Well done, John. 🙂

    1. Unless the snake could talk, I think you are right, Gwen. Thank you.

      1. Gwen Plano · ·

        😀 Aren’t I always right? LOL

      2. Yes always. 😀 Ha ha ha

  2. Nice one, John. I shan’t tell you the real story behind that picture, it would spoil it for you.

    1. Ha ha ha. I’ll bet it would.

  3. I think I would have gone in the same direction as you, John. They both look suspicious. Well done!

    1. Thanks Jill. it was the first thing that popped into my mind. 😀

  4. I feel like a caption should be obvious here, but I’m blank this morning.

    1. How about, “I dig you, man.”

      1. All I could come up with was. “Oh, so THAT’S where mom hid my drum set all these years!”
        but I was too embarrassed to add it.

      2. I like it. Thanks, GP

  5. If this was a horror movie, the buried guy would merge with that creepy tree and go on a rampage under the next full moon. It’s the only logical conclusion here.

    1. Spreading bloody leaves everywhere.

    1. Thanks, Craig. Doing the “speculative” exercises.

  6. I say, Bravo! Good for them. It is always good form to get rid of the old spouse prior to marrying the new one – and considering the time, expense and stress of a divorce, what is a person to do?

    1. Since there is no way to put the old spouse on eBay, I think you are right. Thanks, Greg.

  7. I knew this was going to involve a body. What a sweet-talking murderer, you have to like that in a guy.

    1. I know right? Thanks, Dan

  8. LOL – well done! :_D

    1. I thought you would like it. 😀

  9. Oh my! I certainly didn’t see that one coming. Great job, John! BTW, I am almost finished with Circumstances of Childhood. Great story!!!

    1. Thanks for the comment. I’m so glad you like it, Jan. you know how it is to put your heart out there.

  10. I was thinking aliens, monsters, animals….and you deliver a body. Really like this one, John!

  11. Yikes, murderers! Did they do him in with that shovel? And here I thought they were illegally digging up a tree for their own garden — well done, John!

    1. I like your idea as well. Yes it was the shovel and then they put him in the deep freeze.

  12. I was thinking a dead body when I saw the pic, but didn’t see it being the current husband!

    1. She just looked like the type to me.

  13. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Wow…lol. That is another way to avoid a messy divorce, but I worry he will end up in a same place, too:)

    1. Also is a mess unto itself.

  14. You did it again, John! That’s the only possible conclusion…the guy’s been ‘dead for a day’, and the guy standing over his grave has a club in his hand just to make sure – the woman seems a bit anxious because she figured maybe the ‘rat poison” and beating didn’t work. The couple just returned to the site after all the previous digging, took a break for lunch and a ‘nap’ – it’s now time to fill in the hole!

    When I first saw the image, it reminded me of where I was born…then I moved the browser down to show the entire picture, saw the suspicious couple, decided to call you, give you the plot to the story, and you wrote it… That’s okay, John, there will be no copyright fights here, just a bunch of ‘rambling’, hoping for a chuckle or two…

    Great job! good John. (Sometimes, we dinosaurs have weird ideas as how to be humorous!) ♥

    1. I love your sense of humor, Billy Ray. I think you might have sent some vibes my way so I will credit you with the story.

  15. OMG!!! I didn’t see that coming. Well done, good sir!

  16. Hey, John F, forgive my ‘fooling around’ – the other John (‘waving Howell’) has a style I so much enjoy! All the best to you… BRC ♥

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