Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #389 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 your offering (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before Sunday evening UK time. 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. Thank you for taking part.”

Link to Keith’s post. https://keithchanning.wordpress.com/2022/12/05/kreative-kue-389/

The Photo.

Come Clean by John W. Howell Β© 2022

“Okay, Trevor. This is a new one. Why are you in the clothes dryer?”

“Well, Eos, if it is any of your business, I’m hiding out.”

“Hiding out from what? Or should I say who?”

“Yeah, it’s a who and a what.”

“Care to explain?”

“The who is mama.”

“Okay, so why do you have to hide from mama?”

“Aren’t you curious about the what?”

“I suppose.”

“The what is the reason for hiding from the who.”

“Enough of the riddles. Tell me what has you in hiding.”

“Bath.”

“Bath?”

“Mama wants to give me a bath.”

“Oh my goodness. This is serious. When was the last time?”

“It took me all this time to forget it, so don’t make me go back to remember.”

“Fine. Forget I asked.”

“Easy to say.”

“For heaven’s sake. You know hiding in the dryer is a short-term proposition, don’t you?”

“I only need one break.”

“Well being here when mama comes to stuff these clothes into the dryer isn’t the answer.”

“I know.”

“So why are you still here?”

“I think I hear mama coming.”

“You didn’t answer me.”

“Oh Eos there you are. Time for your bath.”

“Any more questions?”

“Just one. How do you sleep at night?”

 

64 comments

  1. So that’s why he jumped in there. And there was I, thinking it was for the warmth (he used regularly to settle down on the pile of clothes retrieved from the tumble-drier, especially in colder weather). Nice story, John. Thank you.

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    1. I’m sure he had a number of reasons but to avoid a bath and set Eos up sounded so much like Trevor. Thanks, Keith

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  2. Haha! Poor Eos! Foiled by Trevor. Always fun, what you come up with (and I’ll be going backwards to catch up. Lost control of my inbox again!)

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    1. Oh no. Sorry about that. 😊

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      1. No be sorry!!

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  3. Trevor is so clever! I relate to that kind of crafty magic.

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    1. Thanks, Marc. I can only imagine how clever he is. 😁

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  4. Anonymous · · Reply

    Oh what a clever lad that Trevor is! And poor unsuspecting Eos. I have a feeling he’s probably already plotting payback.
    Great fun as always, John!

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    1. Thank you, anonymous one. 😊

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  5. Very good, John. I’m curious, is there an explanation for the names or do just pull them out of thin air?

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    1. Trevor was Keith’s Jack Russel Terrier who passed away this year. Eos is his other rescue and Trevor’s foil.

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      1. Oh, no. I didn’t know that Trevor had passed away,

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      2. He’s still with us in spirit.

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  6. What a clever boy Trevor is! And poor Eos. I have a feeling he’s already plotting payback.
    Great fun as always, John!

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    1. I’m sure, Mae. Thank you. 😊

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  7. What a great photo! And your accompanying story is fabulous, John. I always look forward to your morning amusement. πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Gives me pleasure to know you like my silliness. 😊

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    2. As do I, Gwen!

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  8. Good one, John! The photo is funny, and your story took it beyond its initial humor… into HILARITY! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Tim. So glad you liked it.

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  9. Ha ha! The poor puppy trials! What a difficult life… But cute as hell!

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    1. I agree, Pamela. 😁 Thanks.

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  10. Funny man you are, John. You can make a story out of anything.
    I thought he was waiting for the dryer to spin, he knows he saw those clothes do it.

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    1. That would be good too. 😁

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  11. Good one, John! Great title, too!πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, JiIl. That title just popped into my head. Glad it worked.

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  12. I love this one. Great twist ending.

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    1. Thank you, Craig. I like to hear that.

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  13. Aw, very sweet! When Monkey was a wee pup, he loved to hop in the laundry basket full of clothes. He never said why; now I know — he was preventing a bath. Or at least, putting it off for a spell!

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    1. I think he was liking the warm. Thanks for the cute story, Debbie.

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  14. Ha ha ha! That was hilarious!! (I’ll be sure to hide this post from my bath-hating dog.)

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    1. Yes, Keep it out of sight, Liz.

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  15. Oh my! The dreaded bath. That is absolutely hilarious!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  16. Cute picture, John. My guess is that Trevor will be next. There’s no escaping mama and the bath. πŸ˜€

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    1. I think you are right.

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    They do seem to know when its coming! Good one, John πŸ™‚

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    1. We must give off some kind of cue.

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  18. This is a good reminder if we get pets down the road to make sure they aren’t in the washer or dryer. There are other ways to get them to come clean (great title) without the use of major appliances. Cute picture and conversation, John.

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    1. Thank you, Bruce. I think there are other more messy ways for sure. 😊

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  19. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Sounds familiar. My dog hates to get her bath.

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    1. I think they all do.

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  20. LOL! Oh, perfect set up!

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    1. Yup. Thanks, Deborah.

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  21. Very good, John. That had me laughing at the end.

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    1. Laughing is a good thing.

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  22. Hahaha.. β€œJust one. How do you sleep at night?” Great story!

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

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  23. Lol, my Shepherd, Annie, was scared water weakened her, I’m sure. Enjoyed this and the memories it invoked, John, thanks.

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    1. I think water has that effect on them all. Thanks, Jacquie.

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  24. Haha! Well done, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  26. So cute! The dog in the dryer looks like our Dot. She also tries to hide when its bath time.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Twiggy does the same. Thanks, Darlene.

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