Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #318 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

Photo of a bridge.

The Walk by John W. Howell © 2021

“Why did you let them go through?”

“They didn’t look like someone I wanted to know.”

“That has nothing to do with it. We are running a business.”

“Yes, but the business has to have a heart.”

“You let too many go through, and we’ll be out of business, let me tell you.”

“Ah, it was only two. More will come along.”

“What made you decide to et them through?”

“Like I said, they didn’t look like people I wanted to know.”

“What’s to know? You just collect the money, and then they are on their way.”

“I like to have a little discussion with ’em.”

“Discussion? I can’t imagine what you have to discuss.”

“Okay, you pretend to be one of them, and I’ll show you.”

“Fine. Seems stupid, but I’ll do it.”

“Okay, ready. You are at the entrance to the walkway.”

“Got it.”

“And I’m in my regular spot.”

“Yes, yes. Come on, show me.”

“My first line is friendly. Ahem. Here it is.”

“For heaven’s sake, get on with it.”


“Sounds okay so far.”

“Thanks. Next, I do a variation on the Fe Fi Fo Fum bit.”

Let’s hear it.”


“Now, wait a minute. You are supposed to say something like ‘I smell the blood of an Englishman'”

“But these are girls, and they are Americans. See what I mean? It becomes difficult.”

“Just tell them they need to give the troll a toll.”

“Some giggle.”


“Yeah, right to my face.”

“Do you have your scowling face on?”

“Yup, and they laugh.”

“Maybe we need a new approach.”

“Like what.”

“Um, let me think. Okay, I got it.”

“This should be great.”


“I’m sure they’ll be shivering by then.”

“You have something better?


“For heaven’s sake. We are trolls, not perverts. Kill that one.”

“How about just simply putting up a sign that. says Troll toll. Pay what you want.”

“What about those who refuse to pay?”

“Yeah, good catch.  How’s this, Troll toll. Pay what you want or be eaten.

“Nice ring to it.”

“So, in reality, the ones you let through didn’t look good enough to eat?”

“Bingo. They looked all tough and stringy.”

“Oh, I hate that.”

“Me too.”


  1. Thanks, John. Nice to see that not all the trolls are on Twitter! ;D

    Liked by 1 person

    1. There are still a few guarding bridges etc. 😁

      Liked by 2 people

      1. I think I prefer automatic tolls and number plate recognition!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Yes no need to even slow down let alone be eaten.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Good one, John!😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Jill. 😊


  3. Tough and stringy is bad. And where would a troll get dental floss? It’s best to let those ones through, I think.

    Great job, John.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Staci. I agree. Great thought on the floss. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  4. A tour de force of inspired sillines!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I like that. Inspired sillines. Thanks, Liz. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. YOu’re welcome, John. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Good job John. No one wants to wait while the stringy ones sit in marinade. Although, I hear if you soak them in bourbon…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. A good bourbon soak can do wonders. Thanks for the laugh, Dan. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  6. John, that one deserves a standing ovation. Wow! Talk about an imaginative and humorous take on the photo prompt. I LOVED IT!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Mae. You just made my day. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Way to go!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I’m with Mae on this post — it deserves an ovation. Great story, John. Picky trolls — who but you could have contrived that story? 🤣

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Such nice words, Gwen. Thank you.


  9. Guess I best go on a diet so I can be considered too stringy and tough to eat!
    This was hilariously perfect!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Dale.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. No sense filling up on the stringy ones. I’m sure something better will come along.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Always. Thanks, Craig.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. I’d rather pay tolls to a troll than the peeps in my state who are upping the ante every other week it seems.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m with you, Pilgrim. Pass the hands please.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. We’re the most expensive in the country. And the roads suck.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. At least you got something to complain about out of it. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

      3. That’s true.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Michael. Unfortunately I couldn’t open your blog.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Really, John! Try to open https://books.eslarn-net.de. The WP.com subsidiary is privatizised since 2018, because in Germany we have a unadapted GDPR, and no allowance using Jetpack (R). ;-/ xx Michael

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I did manage to get on the blog and saw my post but couldn’t comment. So I’ll say thank you here.


  12. Nice written, John! Thank you for sharing, and have a nice rest of the day! xx Michael

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Michael. Have a great day as well.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. “Tough and stringy”?!? Hmm, seems these two are awfully choosy with their meals. Of course, given a choice, I wouldn’t want tough and stringy either. Good one, John!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I think you might want to be tough and stringy.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Hilarious, John! Tough and stringy does not sound like a good meal. I cracked up at the “spank the bum” comment. Oh, the mind of John Howell. If you ever put out a book of short stories, that would need to be somewhere in the title. “From the Cavernous mind of John Howell!” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I kind of like that. Sounds big and empty. 🤣


  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I loved this one, John 🙂 I hope they figure out how to collect their tolls!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think they will Denise. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Ha ha ha. It’s not easy being a troll. Loved this, John. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No it is not.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks, Mae. I think a standalone was just right for me this time, for my energy and what I wanted to work on as a writer. I’m so honored that you enjoyed it, and thank you for all the wonderful comments here. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Well, I was wondering where my comment to Mae disappeared to. Lol. You can delete the above nonsensical comment if you wish. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  17. For whom the troll tolls … it is a tough and stringy job but someone has to do it…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes they do. Poor trolls anyway.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. I hate tough and stringy, too, John. 🙂 Good one! I needed the smiles today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad I could give you one.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    “Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum.
    Where on Earth are you girls from?”

    “Mind your business, you big old brute
    Or I’ll turn you into a shriveled old mute.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahahaha. Good one, Pete. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Hahaha! Thank you! 😀 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Haha! Gotta watch out for trolls.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. […] The Walk by John W. Howell © 2021 […]

    Liked by 1 person

Put your favorite fiction or non-fiction in writing. I would love to hear from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: