Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #310 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 church

Are You Sure? by John W. Howell © 2021

“Control. Wolfman.”

“Go ahead, Wolfman.”

“We are circling the target now.”

“You are clear to execute.”

“Roger that control. I have a question.”

“A question, Wolfman?”

“Roger control.”

“Go ahead.”

“You guys sure about this?”

“What do you mean.”

“This doesn’t look like a terrorist camp.”

“Let’s check coordinates. We have you at 225 West Delta sector.”

“Affirmative control. My DME is the same.”

“So, what’s the problem?”

“The visual on the target looks very much like a convent.”

“A convent?”

“Affermative.”

“Impossible.”

“Any unfriendly fire?”

“Negative. Also, no visible ground to air emplacements.”

“Intel says the place is thick with anti-aircraft installations.”

“That’s what I was told at the briefing.”

“Your call. Wolfman.”

“Roger that control. Wingman and I will make one more pass over the target, but I’m of a mind to return to base.”

“Roger Wolfman. Your discretion. Control standing by.”

“Coyote?”

“Yeah, Wolfman.”

“You see anything.”

“Negative.”

“We are going to do one more pass, and my guess is someone screwed up on the intel.”

“Right with you, Wolfman.”

“Let’s do a 180 on my mark. Three, two, one. Execute. Control, Wolfman.”

“Go, Wolfman.”

“Wingman and I are turning a 180 to observe. We’ll report what we see.”

“Roger that, Wolfman. Control standing by.”

“Roger Cont—”

“You broke up there, Wolfman. . . Wolfman? Control over. Wolfman?  Coyote. Do you read? Wolfman, Coyote, Wolfman, do you read. Control calling. Please come in.”

 

66 comments

  1. Oh dear. Perhaps the building range is not as innocent as it looks. Maybe a case of emergent or even resurgent insurgents!

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    1. I say the whole thing is an inflatable cover for missile silos. 😁

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      1. That tower does look suspicious, doesn’t it?

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  2. Uh-oh. Wow! I so did not expect that ending. What a surprise twist, John!

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    1. I had the uh oh reaction as well!

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      1. I hope uh oh is a good thing. 😁

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      2. A good thing for the reader who enjoys a twist, a bad thing for Wolfman.

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      3. Yes, Wolfman and Coyote too. Thanks, Liz.

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      4. You’re welcome, John.

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    2. Thank you, Mae. 😁

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  3. The target was having Nun of their flybys any more?

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    1. Hahahaha. Love it, Chris. 😁

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  4. Eek! I didn’t see that coming. Good one, John!

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    1. Thank you, JIll. 😁

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  5. Well, that took a dark turn!

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    1. Yes indeed. Tricky terrorists.

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  6. Don’t be bothering the good sisters, John. Nice twist.

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    1. They got all their stuff from Amazon on Prime day.

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  7. Nuns with guns?

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    1. More like mothers with missles. 😁

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      1. Hahahah. 😁

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  8. A bit different than many of your prompts. I like it.

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    1. I was in a “wanting different” mindset. Thanks, Craig.

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  9. I LIKE IT! I was trying to think like an alien ET, but when I couldn’t come up with anything, I read yours. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you, GP. I had an alien thought originally too. 😊

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    All is not what it seems… What a story and great twist, John. Loved it. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you did, Gwen. Thanks for letting me know. 😁

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  11. And things suddenly spiraled out of control. Rodger.

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    1. just like that. 😊 Thanks, John

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  12. A perfect place to hide a terrorist camp! Don’t give them any ideas, John. 🙂 Good one!

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    1. Might take a little to pull it off. Thanks, Jan

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  13. Whoops! Just proves things aren’t always as they seem, right? Nicely twisted, John!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.

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  14. I had a nagging suspicious all was not as it seemed…
    Well done, sir!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. 😁

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  15. ‘Der Goof’! It’s my second home!!! Buzz off!!!

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Uh oh! I guess it wasn’t a convent 😉

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    1. Nope. Something else entirely. Thanks, Denise.

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    1. Thank you, Michael. I still can’t see the post even if I go to https:/BOOKS.ESLARN-NET.DE. I get the Demnächst verfügbar
      (available soon page) I know I have gone there before. Is there another link?

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  17. A great story, John! Thanks for sharing the thoughts. xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. 😁

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  18. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    The nuns pulled out the heavy artillery. Surprise ending!

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    1. I think what happened here is the terrorists figured out some kind of optical illusion which had the pilots fooled. That’s another story though. Thanks, Pete.

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    1. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Ah, I guess the intel was correct after all.😀

    It looks beautiful. I love the brick and all that luscious green foliage/countryside.

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    1. Yes, intel was good.

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  21. Oh, no!! You had me all the way, John. Well done.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  22. I had the sneaking suspicion you might deliver a surprise there at the end, Boss. You really are second to . . . nun.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Marc.

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  24. And everyone just thinks they’re standing around chewing their cud. Too funny, John. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Mark.

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