Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #175 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 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.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #175

The Spectators by John W. Howell © 2018

“Alright riders. Keep this side of the white line and in single file.”

“Why do we need to stay here, Boss?”

“What is the matter, Schmidt? Did you miss the briefing?”

“No, sir. I was there.”

“Then you know the answer to the question. Don’t make me say it out loud so they can hear.”

“Who sir?”

“You are getting on my last nerve, Schmidt. The ectators spec ey.”

“All those people lining up to watch us?”

“Keep your voice down. They’ll hear you.”

“So what, Boss?”

“In another minute I’m going to reach back and give you a smack.”

“I still don’t get it.”

“Before we started on this mission I told you there would be some who would not want us to complete what we need to do.”

“Yeah, but look at them. They are cheering.”

“Are you listening? They only sound like they are cheering. They are shouting out their orders.”


“I told you before we started. This would be no picnic for us.”

“What the hell. What do you mean, orders?”

“What part of flesh-eating didn’t you get when I covered this earlier.”

“I thought they would be monsters.”

“Trust me, Schmidt, they are. They only look like us to lure us over that white line.”

“And once over the line, we are lunch?”

“Now you’ve got it. All we have to do is get by these things, and we will be free to ride out of this place.”

“This can’t be true, boss. Look at them. There’s a cute one up ahead.”

“Don’t fall for it, Schmidt. Stay in line.”

“It’s getting harder, Boss.”

“Schmidt. Come back. Everyone else. Stay in line. Schmidt, come back. That’s an order.”

“Can’t hear you, Boss.”



  1. The way some of the spectators behave towards the cyclists, you may be closer than you think to the truth!

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  2. Hum…I think “Boss” has had a few spills without his helmet. Happy birthday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😀

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  3. This makes for an interesting horror movie premise. I mean, we’ve seen stranger ways to keep monsters at bay.

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  4. That’s it. I’m painting a white line around my house.

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    1. Don’t forget the garage too. And the camper.

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      1. And the beer cooler.

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  5. This is perfect with the Tour de France right around the corner. Loved the addition of “monsters.” I do love my creatures, LOL!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Mae.

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  6. I see by my tickler file that today’s your birthday — hope it’s a happy one, John! As for your story, at least the “monsters” are staying off the bike path, though the riders don’t appear to have much “meat” on them!!

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    1. So true on the meat Thank you for the birthday wish, Debbie.

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  7. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Yes, dont cross that white line or they will see the monsters! Love this one John:)

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    1. Big time. Thank you , Denese

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  8. John,

    I love how you culled that scenario from this picture. Never would’ve thought to go there, but once there . . I do kinda see these peeps differently now. And as for Schmidt, he doesn’t have a chance, does he?

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    1. Nope. He is lost. Cherchez La Femme.

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  9. You don’t want to step on a crack either.

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    1. Gosh no! Thanks, Greg.


  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! “Hey, ‘Blue and Pea-Green, stop hitting my rear tire with your front tire OR I’ll ‘RE-TIRE’ you permanently!!!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Good one Billy Ray


  11. Poor Schmidt. In other news, I hear he tasted like chicken.

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  12. Oh my God, John! I am rolling on the floor laughing!!

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    1. Thank you, Jan


  13. +1 Dan Antion!

    They must have been zoombies!

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  14. Really good, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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