Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #198 by Keith Channing

Since Keith has NaNoWriMo and other commitments, there will be no Kreative Kues until Monday 3 December. This week’s challenge will, therefore, remain open until the end of November.

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 on Sunday, 2 December (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.

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, on 3 December.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #198

Das Boot by John W. Howell © 2018

“Kapitan. You should take a look at this.”

“Move aside Fritz and let me see. Mein Gott, what is that thing?”

“It looks like it might be an enemy ship.”

“Ja, but look at the color.”

“Maybe they like to decorate their ships for Halloween.”

“Don’t be a dummkopf. It would take months to paint that thing.”

“Why do you think they use such a color?”

“I can’t imagine. Maybe some sort of way to hide it.”

“It sure stands out against that jetty.”

“Prepare the bow torpedoes.”

“You aren’t going to sink her are you Kapitan?”

“That is what we are here for Fritz. What is the matter with you?”

“For one thing I don’t see any guns on her.”


“Might be a non-combatant.”

“Yes, this is true.”

“And for another, our torpedoes haven’t been launched in a long time.”

“So what? We have gone for a long time before.”

“Finally, my arthritis is acting up again, and I don’t think I can punch the launch button.”

“Now that is a problem because I can’t straighten up enough to reach it.”


“Yes, Fritz.”

“We have not had a message from the vatherland in how long?”

“Since September of 1945 Fritz.”

“And this year is 2018.”


“Maybe we ought to retire Kapitan. War is a young man’s game.”



  1. Ha ha! Great ending, John. In some administrations, that colour would suggest it’s going hunting!

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    1. Good point. Thanks, Keith.


  2. Those are the colors of trick or treat.

    Nice twist, John. I think it’s time to bring the ships of war home.

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    1. I guess they missed the recall message.

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  3. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Love this story! 😀 The ending is masterful, John. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen.:-D


  4. Time warp for these guys? wah-hah-hah

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    1. The only explaination. Thanks GP. Loved the Happy Halloween message.

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  5. Great job, John!

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  6. Yep boys..
    Time to go home.
    Love the way your mind works, John.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you, Dale. A big hug.

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  7. Ghost submarine? I’m really curious about how these guys wouldn’t starve to death, so I’m going with zombie or ghost crew. 🙂

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    1. Yet they age. A real conundrum


  8. Time to call it a tour of duty.

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    1. If you can’t reach or push the launch button it is time to call it. Thanks, Craig

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      1. Hard to hit it with that spread-footed cane too.

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  9. Love it, John!
    My favorite line…..“Don’t be a dummkopf. It would take months to paint that thing.”
    These guys have some catching up to do given the year. This was great!

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    1. Maybe the Kapitan can have a new knee.

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      1. Yep. All those advances he’s missed!

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  10. Great job, John! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pumpkin-colored boat (not that I’d have much chance to see one inland!)

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    1. I have seen some Coast Guard boats that color.

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  11. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    Boy they have been floating out there living on fish for a while. Glad they decided.not to shoot;)

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    1. That might have backfired on them. 73 year old torpedos might no be reliable. Thanks, Denise.

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  12. Ja! I definitely think it’s time to retire. 🙂 Well-done, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jan.

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  13. John,

    The dudes stayed with it for seventy three years! For that alone, they should get a medal. Before . . yanno . . they’re shot.

    Love it Boss!

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    1. They do deserve some kind of recognition. LOL on the shot.

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  14. Oh, what a great ending, John! Love this one! Happy Halloween! 🎃

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    1. Thank you, Lauren

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  15. You always have a great ending, John. And then the decorating the boat for Halloween? Really funny!!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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