Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #164 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words. “Using this photo 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 keithchanning@gmail.com 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.”

Here is the photo.

Kreative Kue #164

The Mission by John W. Howell © 2018

“It’s a dud.”

“Hold on. It may take a while for the signal to reach the device.”


“Okay let me look. Humm.”

“Humm what?”

“It looks like one of the leads has come undone.”

“What the hell. I made sure I had those damn things were attached.”

“Sure you did dear. This reminds me of the time you said the parachute was packed correctly.”

“Well, okay, you got me there.”

“Good thing the reserve worked or I’d be somewhere else.”

“I hope someday we will forget that mistake.”

“Which brings us to today’s mistake.”

“Uh. How am I going to go all the way back down there and connect the wire without blowing myself up?”

“You have to first take the white wire off. That will reset the impulse. Then you connect the red wire first and the white second.”

“Oh man. It took me six hours to get to the base. ”

“I would get going then.”

“You have forgiven me on that parachute thingy right?”

“Yes, m’love. I have forgiven the parachute thingy.”

“You sure?”

“Yes, I’m sure. I would move out now if I were you.”

“Okay then. I’ll see you in six hours.”

“Sure you will.”


“Nothing sweet. Six hours it is.”

“I Love you.”

“Love you too.”


“Bye now.”


  1. ..the mission ends with love and love only :))
    good picture :))

    1. For one. That’s true. 😀

  2. Noooo! They can’t blow up the viaduc de Millau. Stop them.

    1. Oh yes they can. No stopping them now.

      1. Oh dear. I shall have to rely on their innate incompetence to save the structure. 😦

      2. I think you mat be safe.

  3. Glad you thought of something good – I’m at a loss.

    1. I don’t know why, but every time I see a bridge I think of a blow up story.

  4. I wouldn’t trust anyone who calls it a “parachute thingy.”😲 I like the photo!

    1. Thanks, Jill. Good point. 😀

  5. Maybe he can use a parachute to get to the base quicker? Not that it sounds like he’s meant to come back.

    1. I think we have seen the last of the Mr. Thanks, Charles. 😀

      1. He’ll be fine . . . a fine powder. 😜

  6. Nicely done, John. Red wire first, huh?

    1. Yup. since the white is the only one attached right now. heh heh heh

  7. Oh-oh… Bwahahaha! I think everyone better be nice to you today. 😉 Hugs.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Teagan. Hugs

  8. Look, there goes the roadrunner across the bridge. Meep Meep.

  9. I kept hoping there was water down there and I’d see a river creature 🙂
    Nice one, John!

    1. Ha haha. To each their own.

  10. Gwen Plano · ·

    Humm, once a thriller writer, always a thriller writer. It must be a DNA thingy. 😀

    1. I guess so. Thanks, Gwen

  11. Well done, good sir. Every time I see a suspension bridge, I think of it being destroyed, too. Great minds think alike, eh! That calls for a cold one!

    1. Yes indeed. May be deviant minds though.

  12. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I think it might be payback time for that parachute mistake, although I think that bridge might survive;)

    1. Ha haha. I think you are right.

  13. Blowing up this lovely bridge?? Yikes! Fascinating take, John!

  14. Somehow I don’t think she has forgiven the parachute thingy. 🙂

    1. I think you might be right.

  15. Duds like that doing such important work? That’s another worry for my list of places and things not to see or do. 😀 😀

    1. Yes. We need to keep these guys in mind. Thank you, Tess.

  16. Talk about getting even!

    1. I know right? Thanks, Jennie.

      1. You’re welcome, John!

  17. All you need is love… and the writings of John W. Howell.

  18. […] The Mission by John W. Howell © 2018 […]

    1. Thank you, Keith.

  19. Oh man, he should have made hay after the parachute thingy. What a dunce! Fun short story John!

    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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