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Hibachi – Three Line Tales # 83

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Hibachi – Three Line Tales # 83

Three Line Tales, Week 83

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photo by Dev Benjamin via Unsplash

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“Hibachi”

Dear Customers, Hibachi Grill will not be serving food tonight.

Please join us, as we honor those less fortunate, by folding Origami Cranes.

Wishes and dreams will be released at midnight, along with your generous donations.

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© 2017 BS

 

Coming of Age in Marble Land

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Coming of Age in Marble Land

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For:

Twittering Tales #47 – 29 August 2017

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Tell a story in 140 characters or less.

To join in this challenge, and to see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun!

Here’s the photo prompt for this time.

Photo by David Estebanez at Pixabay.com

“Coming of Age in Marble Land”

“Don’t be scared, little ones,” said Mama Marble
“The skillet is very hot, but you’ll love the icy bath afterwards,
and you’ll be beautiful.”

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Character count = 139

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This photo of marbles, bring back the memory of the cats eye marbles I used to have. I never really played the game of marbles, but I did like to crystalize/fracture them. Here’s what we’d do. Take a handful of marbles, cook them in a very hot skillet for a little while, then dunk them into a container of ice water. The marbles will crack on the inside, leaving pretty patterns. Did anyone else ever do this? Every kid I knew back in the kid days did this.

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© 2017 BS

 

NONE LEFT BEHIND – for TWITTERING TALES #40

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NONE LEFT BEHIND – for TWITTERING TALES #40

Twittering Tale #40 – 11 July 2017

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In this challenge, we are to write a short story in 140 characters or less, using the photo prompt. To join in, and also to see other entries, just click the above link. 🙂

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None Left Behind

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click – tss
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No one was left to change the record
When the Rapture occurred
No one was left behind
Amen

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character count = 121

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© 2017 BS

FLOWER POWER?

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FLOWER POWER?

 

Scene: Busy Classroom

Characters: Tommy, the student, and a solar powered flower

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The teacher gave the students an assignment. They are quietly working at their desks. Tommy is looking around the room, thinking of something to write his essay about, and tapping his pencil on the desk.

Tap – Tap – Tap

FLOWER: Pssst, Tommy!

TOMMY: (looking toward the window sill) …Huh?

FLOWER: Don’t look so startled. It’s just me, the Flower. (nodding his flowery head) Yeah, I can talk.

TOMMY: (looks around the room to see if anyone is watching him) …But…how can you talk? You’re just a toy flower.

FLOWER: I’m a magic flower. Don’t worry about it.

TOMMY: What do you want?

FLOWER: I want you to write about me. You can make up some stuff, but make sure you mention I can only talk to you.

TOMMY: (smiling) Okay, but they won’t believe me. (starts writing on his paper)

FLOWER: (humming a little tune…waiting)

TOMMY: I’m finished writing. Can you read, too?

FLOWER: Nope, you will have to read it to me.

TOMMY: (reading) … Once upon a time there was a fake flower that could talk.

FLOWER: Fake? Fake? I’m as real as you are. Scratch that out.

TOMMY: Fine…(scratches through the word fake, then writes more words)

FLOWER: Well…are you done with my story?

TOMMY:  (writes ‘the end’ on his paper) …Okay, listen to this, Mr. Flower. “Once upon a time there was a toy flower that could talk to me, but only in this classroom. He was a pretty flower, but sorta weird. I think we’ll be friends forever.”

FLOWER: (smiling) I like it, Tommy! I think we’ll be friends forever, too.

TEACHER: (Looking over at Tommy) … “Tommy, stop your daydreaming, and get busy writing your paper. It has to be finished by the time the bell rings.”

TOMMY: (sighing) … “Yes ma’am.” (starts writing about a talking flower)

THE END

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© 2017 BS

RADIAN – A CROSSWORD STORY

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RADIAN – A CROSSWORD STORY

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I like making up stories using the words from a crossword game, “Words With Friends”. These words were used in random order, and are underlined in the story, and listed at the end. 🙂

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RADIAN

Jo and Chamsthey have been friends since childhood. It was always their dream to become famous rock stars. They were always practicing their music. Both played guitar and sang songs in the school’s talent shows over the years. When they met Al and Caid, it was a true band that emerged at last.

Calling themselves Radian, they got gigs all over town. Everyone waved at them with their lighters or phone lights at their concerts. For small town boys, they managed to make a name for themselves.

Mostly, they played hard rock tunes…at least at a club called “Mires“. That venue catered to the high school kids…no booze allowed, and no one over eighteen allowed in, either. Later on, their reputation for putting on a good stage show spread to outlying towns. They got themselves a manager by the name of Tiden…well, that was his moniker, anyway. He never told anyone his real name. However, Al got a look at his driver’s liscense once; he saw Tiden’s real name was Gary.

The guys in the band had a good laugh about it, but let ‘Gary’ think he’d pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes. They laughed behind his back, called him a ho and a sap, but he got them good venues to play, so eventually, they put a halt to the jokes.

As they all went on to attend the state college together, they continued to play their rock and roll, blowing out a few fuse boxes here and there.

All was going along great for awhile, and they were of a legal drinking age by now. This did cause problems…mostly squabbling between the band members. They all wanted top billing, and that put them at odds.

One night, after drinking too much gin, Caid and Jo had a fight. Backstage, before a show, they came to blows. It seems Tiden had received a telefax from a record company, wanting to sign Radian to a record deal. Tiden decided to hide it, and not tell anyone.

This night, however, at a club called “Kane“, Jo was going over their playlist from A to Zee, when he saw the communication stuck in Tiden’s briefcase. He almost got caught looking at it, when Tiden walked in unexpectedly, but Tiden only shooed Jo out of the office.

Jo promptly showed the others. That started the beef between them. The contract mentioned who would be primarily featured in their concerts and publicity pictures. Jo and Chams would be at the forefront, while Caid and Al would be only in the background.

A brawl ensued, which sent them all to the ER. The nurse put a ton of emu oil on their cuts and bruises, and only a lowly bandage for Chams’ lacerations on both sides of his jaws.

They eventually worked out their differences, by setting a trap for Tiden. They held his veg salad hostage, until he told them the truth about the record company. Tiden admitted he did wrong…he wasn’t anti success, but he was afraid he’d lose his meal ticket, as manager of the band, when they moved into the big time of the national spotlight. As he confessed, the guys, in unison, yelled and pointed at Tiden, telling him he was fired.

As Tiden left the building, Jo, Chams, Al, and Caid high fived, then called the record company, ultimately being signed to a four record deal, tours, and rotating top billing. This was acceptable.

They went on to become one of the most popular and beloved groups, from that day to the present time. Radian made history, and brought them all fame and fortune. Just like they’d envisioned all those years ago.

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Words used from crossword game are underlined.

jo                           chams                           they                     been

rock                       al                                   caid                     emerged

radian                   waved                           boy                      hard

mires                    ti                                     wool                   ho

sap                        halt                                roll                      fuse

gin                         tele                                fax                       hide

kane                      zee                                 shoo                    beef

in                           er                                   puts                     ton

emu                       jaws                               anti                     trap

veg                        den

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Hope you enjoyed my silly crossword story!

Peace, Love, & Laughter!

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© 2017 BS

 

CHRISTMAS WRITING PROMPT – DAY 5 – MRS. SANTA CLAUS

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CHRISTMAS WRITING PROMPT – DAY 5 – MRS. SANTA CLAUS

Today’s Christmas writing prompt is…

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https://ourrandomview.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/christmas-writing-prompt-5-what-does-mrs-claus-do-when-santa-is-away/

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Mrs. Claus ornament I’ve had for years

What does Mrs. Claus do when Santa is traveling round the world delivering presents?

Well, I don’t know Mrs. Claus personally, and I don’t believe she has a blog, so she’s not blabbing to anyone I know about what she’s going to do while the mister is out of town. I would expect that she would be exhausted, and want to take a well-deserved break.

It’s been hectic around the house for ages. She thinks Mr. Claus is a work-a-holic. He starts planning his next Christmas activities as soon as he gets back from delivering the children’s toys of this year. Now, while he is gone for the night, she wants to just relax. She did peek into the workshop, and almost fainted at the mess that was left in there. Shaking her head, she closed the door…let him clean it up. The elves will help. Right now they are having their own office Christmas party, in the basement, while the boss is away.

So now, Mrs. Claus sighs, and goes into the kitchen, to make a large cup of hot cocoa. She puts whipped cream on top, and a peppermint stick to stir the delicious drink. While it cools, just a bit, she put on her new Christmas jammies, grabs a soft blanket, and snuggles up on the couch with her cuddly kitten. Looking out the picture window, she sees it is snowing again. But, she is warm here inside the house, and her heart is warm, also, because she knows her Mr. will make all the little children’s wishes come true tonight. 🙂

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© 2016 BS

 

IN ANTIQUITY

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photo of my Egyptian cat necklace (from the Luxor in Las Vegas NV)

IN ANTIQUITY

There it was. The men held their breaths, as they ran their eyes over the sarcophagus. Mr. Carter leaned forward, a bit hesitant now, to enter the chamber where no man had been in centuries. Behind him, his companions were esurient for a closer look, as they jostled each other.

It was futile to delay any longer; he stepped inside. Taking his brambly whisk broom, he brushed it carefully along the side of the tomb, noting the Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions carved into the stone. There were many depictions of Bastet, the exalted cat goddess.

Next, Mr. Carter used his microlith to loosen the seals along the edge. Then, sliding the lid over, an ancient sillage of balsam and lotus lightly permeated the still air. The three men then lifted the lid off, completely. They were stunned.

Jewels glittered in the feral eyes of a cat’s mummy, as it stared into the nothingness of it’s afterlife.

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This was for this week’s Wordle, in which we take a list of given words, using at least ten of them to create a story. The words this time were: microlith (a tiny stone tool), forward, futile, nothingness, glitter, eyes, breath, feral, esurient (hungry/greedy), sillage (perfume’s fragrance lingering in air), bramble, exalt.

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/wordle-121-september-19th-2016/

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© 2016 BS

NO LAUGHING MATTER – for THREE-LINE TALES – WEEK 29

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NO LAUGHING MATTER – for TLT – WEEK 29

Three Line Tales, Week Twenty-Nine

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photo by Breno Machado

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NO LAUGHING MATTER

In the year 2016, when TV weather forecasters predicted the storm of a century, everyone laughed, because they were always wrong.

Now, in the year 2116, as the storm raged on, the lucky survivors were not laughing any more.

The TV weather forecasters had gotten it right, after all.

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for 3 Line Tales photo prompt. We are to see the photo, then write something using only three sentences. It’s fun! Click the above link to find out how to join in, and see other’s entries.

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© 2016 BS

YOU’RE INVITED – for 3 LINE TALES – WEEK 24

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YOU’RE INVITED – for 3 LINE TALES – WEEK 24

Three Line Tales, Week Twenty-Four

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photo prompt by Emiel Molenaar

YOU’RE INVITED

Joe, the farmer, was so tired of the aliens leaving those cryptic crop circles in his field.

He decided to leave them a message of his own.

Around and around he went on his tractor, until the message said: “You’re invited to have breakfast with me in the morning. Let’s discuss things. ~ In friendship, Joe”.

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© 2016 BS

AM I CLUMSY or WHAT? – for Wordle # 117, July 11, 2016

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AM I CLUMSY or WHAT? for Wordle # 117, July 11, 2016

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/wordle-117-july-11th-2016/

We are to use at least 10 of the prompt words to write a story or poem, or use artwork. The words this week are: itch, turnstile, narrow, bribe, shiver, plush, benign, destruct, chamber, ambisinister (clumsy or unskillful with both hands), ephemerid (an insect – mayfly)

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photo from pixabay

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AM I CLUMSY or WHAT?

I know I’m clumsy, but really, do they have to call it ambisinister? That sounds so bad, like it’s sinister to be clumsy. hahaha…Not so much sinister to anyone but me.

Take the other day. I was minding my own business, going shopping. I had to actually take the grimy subway to get to the shop I wanted to visit. Well, I doubt they ever sanitize those turnstiles you have to go through. I tried pushing my way through without touching anything, but ended up falling through the gate. I skinned my palms as I landed.

As soon as I could, I washed my hands, but it didn’t help. By that time the itching had started. I was shivering, and burning up with a fever, too. It felt like a thousand ephemerids were crawling under my skin.

I went to see my doctor, who said it was just a benign rash, and it would go away in a few days. I left the doctor’s chamber and walked down the narrow hallway. I’d had to bribe him for some medicines to alleviate my symptoms.

I told him I’d buy his little girl a plush toy animal, when I was able to go shopping again. That was why I was going shopping in the first place. My little girl wanted the same cute toy. I had to delay her happiness, all because I had such a day of destruction.

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© 2016 BS