Save the Aliens – Friday Fictioneers – 01/05/18

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Bobby checked his watch, panic showing in his eyes. He was scrambling around, trying to connect as many tubes as quickly as possible.

“Thanks for believing me!” he shouted to Annie.

She didn’t. But for the moment it didn’t matter. She loved him and that was enough.

“Tell me once more why we are doing this?”

“Minstar Kaley showed me the plans of the Red League to eliminate all the Dakki on earth. This will allow their escape. I pledged my loyalty to the Dakki after they saved my life.

Annie was speechless. Love only goes so far you know.

 

 

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Eight Heads to Cover – Friday Fictioneers – 12/20/17

 

 

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For the mother of octuplets there is nothing more stressful than finding eight outfits exactly alike. Carrie wouldn’t have bothered if it weren’t for the contract with the Cosmo Kramer Agency which had all but totally financed her brood’s first decade of life. Sure there was a ton of public appearances and commercials, but how many dollars had they provided?

Carrie’s anxiety faded when she entered the store her friend Elise recommended. She smiled when she saw the stacks of hats before her. Finding eight matching hats would be no trouble this year.

“You want all eight?” the clerk asked.

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For those that have answered the call for the Christmas themed flash I mentioned today is the day we begin. You can find the link to the challenge here:

Christmas Character Origin Story Flash Challenge

 

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Boney’s Beefy Shadow – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – 12/19/17

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“Well Boney, that is what you must  have looked like at one time,” Janitor Phil said as he swept up the confetti from the last Christmas party of the week. This museum was certainly one of the most kid-friendly in the city. Rather than untold numbers of signs denying children the chance to exercise their curiosity this museum invited it.

Phil had talked to the dinosaur skeleton every night as he made his way through collecting the trash and restoring the playground to its pristine origin.

“I will admit, if I saw you like that outside I would feel a certain amount of fear!”

Phil pushed the pile collected in front of his broom further past the display as he nodded confirmation if his last words.

Phil froze when he heard an unexpected noise behind him.

“Boney! You scared the life out of me!” Phil said when he turned to see a big bone from the skeleton had worked loose and crashed to the floor.


 

 

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For those that have answered the call for the Christmas themed flash I mentioned today is the day we begin. You can find the link to the challenge here:

Christmas Character Origin Story Flash Challenge

 

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Christmas Character Origin Story Flash Challenge

 

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First of all allow me to apologize if you have been looking for this post for nearly a week. I wrongly assumed I could return from my bi-annual international mission trip with my head collected and ready to resume my regular activities. Even after my fourth trip I found my head to be anything but ready to be “back to normal”. Of course that assumes a normality exists in every day life which is a fallacy in itself.

With that out of the way I offer you a hearty WELCOME! If you are still with me this far in then you are one of those willing to try your hand at this Christmas themed challenge. For those just jumping aboard this jingle bell express let me give you the skinny. Between now and Christmas Day I challenge you to write an origin story for your favorite Christmas character. Now we all know there is no end to these types of stories about all the best known characters of Christmas. Let’s try not to copy other’s work, huh?

The rules will be pretty simple. You only have to write enough words to make it a complete story. I would like you to aim for 1,000 at least, but if you can pull it off with less good for you. I am not going to put a top end on it either, because I love to read what others write, so have at it. There are some housekeeping things, so let me list them:

  1. Title your story so we know who you’re writing about.
  2. Add your link to the comments. (I wanted to use Linky list, but it isn’t cooperating.)
  3. Add the #CCOS hashtag and CCOS to your tags
  4. Keep it family friendly, as I might want to share with my friends and family.
  5. Share this post with your writer friends, the more the merrier
  6. Read, Like and comment on the posts of others as we spread our Christmas cheer!

According to how successful this challenge turns out I might try to do this again, so if you have suggestions or tips I want to hear them. Thanks for joining in!

 

A Five Star Performance – Carrot Ranch Weekly Flash – 12/07/17

 

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When you are so well known you cannot go anywhere without turning heads it can sometimes be a drag. So Erwin chose to sneak into the Belikin Community Theater in disguise so he could be in the Christmas play he loved as a youth. Only his dear childhood friend Elyse, the director had any idea a Hollywood star graced the stage.

“Well?” she asked after the play was finished.

“I miss this,” Erwin said.

“We could make it a regular thing. I am happy to have you.”

“If my agent finds out she will go berserk!”

“So, don’t tell.”


 

 

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Look for the Fictional Christmas Character Origin Story post on December 14th.

 

Peeling a Prince – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – 12/12/17

 

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Emily knew some of this mind-blowing experience was due to her exasperation in her search for love. But . . . hearing a small creature speak to her in words she could understand had her off balance. She looked around to see if anyone was watching her before she answered.

“You have to understand this is highly unusual. So you are telling me if I peel away the exterior and wrap my hands around you it will break this fairy spell and return you to human form?”

“On my honor as the Prince of Camalote I swear my honesty and promise my forever devotion,” the creature replied.

Emily considered her track record and immediate possibilities and decided she would be no worse off if this ended in disappointment.

“Sure, why not?”

 

 


 

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For those that have answered the call for the Christmas themed flash I mentioned before I want to share the theme today. I am thinking about an origin story for your favorite Christmas character. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer and yes, even Frosty are fair game. I won’t fuss if you pull in Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman or any other Christmas character from movies or television. Just keep it solidly with a Christmas theme.

Look for the Fictional Christmas Character Origin Story post coming on Thursday December 14th.

 

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Another Frozen Love Story – Friday Fictioneers – 12/08/17

It was the 8th day of December when Sydney finally got her long awaited engagement ring. Zac had to wait until everything was coated in ice to hatch his plan to replicate the scene from her favorite movie. When he called she was eager to respond.

“Are you going to tell me why we have to be out here?” Sydney  asked.

Zac couldn’t believe she hadn’t clued in yet. He carefully led her out to the tree and bench where her surprise awaited.

“You know, there is something familiar about this. Oh . . .oh my!” She said when it came together.

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Right now I’m in Belize on the backend of a 7 day mission trip, but when I  return I will post the details of my Christmas Origin Story Fiction Challenge. All are invited.

Magic Grasshoppers – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – 11/28/17

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“There is no magic grasshopper son!” Eric announced in words more firm than he meant.

“But dad, you said that Grandpa never lies!” Tommy protested.

“Yes, I did,” Eric nodded. “He hasn’t started, it’s just that Grandpa’s mind is not working as well as it could these days. He thinks some things that just aren’t true.

“He said the magic grasshopper can help me find a treasure. I want to find it dad!”

How do you explain dementia to an eight year old? Eric had no clue.

 

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For those that have answered the call for the Christmas themed flash I mentioned before I want to share the theme today. I am thinking about an origin story for your favorite Christmas character. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer and yes, even Frosty are fair game. I won’t fuss if you pull in Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman or any other Christmas character from movies or television. Just keep it solidly with a Christmas theme.

This will begin on December 12, 2017.

 

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You Can’t Hide Time – Friday Fictioneers – 11-24-17

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A perpetual clock should have been a good thing and it was for years, until Emily decided she was done with Jake’s shenanigans. When she packed her things and left while he was away for his “boy’s weekend” he began to resent the clock and it’s reminder of what he lost. He couldn’t bring himself to sell the clock, so he had to find somewhere it would be out of sight and out of mind.

The list of hiding places grew as the robust clock continued to sound its tones.

“Emily you always had to have the very last word!

 


 

 

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For those that have answered the call for the Christmas themed flash I mentioned before I want to share the theme today. I am thinking about an origin story for your favorite Christmas character. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer and yes, even Frosty are fair game. I won’t fuss if you pull in Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman or any other Christmas character from movies or television. Just keep it solidly with a Christmas theme.

 

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