Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue 296 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.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue 296

Bug Out by John W. Howell © 2021

“I’m not sure I can run anymore.”

“You have to. We need to make it to the yard.”

“What’s the rush?”

“You’re kidding me, right?”

“No, I’m not. Are we late for dinner?”

“No, dinner is hours away.”

“I give up. Why are we running?”

“You didn’t see that thing by the woods.”

“What thing?”

“That monstrosity with the black eyes and glowing nose.”

“You mean the carrot?”

“Carrot? What are you talking about?”

“It’s a snowman with a carrot nose.”

“What about those coal-black eyes.”

“You just said it.”

“What?”

“Coal. The eyes are made of coal.”

“Nah, uh.”

“Un-huh.”

“Whew, let’s stop running.”

“Thank heavens. I can hardly get my breath.”

“So you’re saying it was a snowman.”

“Yup.”

“How’s he get there?”

“That old guy with the beard built it.”

“The one we live with?”

“The very same.”

“The author.”

“Yup.”

“Why would he build a snowman?”

“For a story.”

“Not much of a story.”

“What if the snowman came alive and was chasing us?”

“Now that would be a story.”

“Don’t look now, but we better get to running again.”

“This is fiction, right?”

“I’m not hanging around to find out. I’m going to bug out. You with me?”

“Well ahead of you, my friend.”

57 comments

  1. Do you seriously think that Eos would be frightened of a snowman?
    Okay. She would – and poor old Trevor isn’t the brave soul he used to be.
    All in all, John, I found it totally unnecessary to suspend my disbelief with this story (and, secretly, I wish I’d thought of it).

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Keith. 😊

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  2. Smart move. Never know when the snowman invasion will begin.

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    1. Could be anytime now. Thanks, Charles.

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  3. You do know how to get inside of a dog’s head, John. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊

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  4. Maniacal snow people with a glock under their silk hat. the original melting zombies…

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    1. So, you understand the danger, John. 😁

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  5. Oh now, that is good, John!! I love your imagination!
    I could only come up with, “I don’t like running away from home, but I can not go on another pandemic walk just to get our owner out of the house!! We’ll join the others up ahead, I heard a house cat is even part of the protest!”

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    1. I wish I had thought of this one, GP. I like it. 😁

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      1. you flatter me.

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  6. I hear snowmen are used to take dogs to the vet.

    Well done, John.

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    1. Good one, Dan. I think you’re right. 😊

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  7. My dogs wouldn’t trust one either.

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    1. No reason to trust a snowman. Dogs have some inner radar. Thanks, Craig.

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  8. Metafiction with dogs!! I love it!!!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. 😊

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      1. You’rem welcome, John.

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  9. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Writers can be a funny bunch. Imagine the mischief they’d play if it were possible to bring their stories to life? I loved this story, John! 😁

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    1. That would be mischef with a capital M. Thanks, Gwen.

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  10. I love when you tell stories from an animal’s POV. Another good one, John!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. 😁

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  11. Well done, John! This could’ve gone in several different directions, but you chose the best one!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, 😊

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  12. Fantastic, John!! I love, love this. You are SO good at animal speak. When are you going to write that book?

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    1. Uh let’s see. I’m not sure, Jan. 😁

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  13. Revenge of the Snowman . . by John Howell.

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  14. Not going! Staying home!

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  15. You’re giving Frosty a bad name, lol

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    1. He can claim that this snowman is the black sheep of the family.

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  16. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    The old guy with the beard—you can never trust that guy! 😉

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  17. Haha! Good way to get that extra cardio in 😉

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    1. That is a good point. Monster snowman has to be worth 500 cals

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      1. At the very least!

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  18. I liked where you went with this one, John. Super!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Can’t be too careful with snowmen. Good one!

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  20. LOL! He just wants to run and have some fun before he melted away!

    Good fun with this week’s photo, John. The comments are fun too. Thanks for the giggles. 😀

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    1. So true, Deborah. Thanks you for the comment and visit.

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      1. Anytime, John! 😀

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  21. Hehe, cute 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jessica.

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  22. I have never built a snowman, John. I have only experience snow three times in my life, in the UK, in South Korea and one in South Africa.

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    1. Maybe a vacation in a Northern climate might be nice sometime. 😊

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      1. Yes, I agree. Hopefully soon, John

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