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This is my contribution for this week toΒ Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt.

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Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 2+9+150=161 Words


The petroglyphs told the story of an unusual event.

When caves were discovered in the state of Arizonia, some had markings on the walls, and some didn’t. Tourists in future could enrich the area.

John and George started inspecting Cave Number 10.

“John, there are no petroglyphs on these walls.”

“You have little imagination, George. I can see them.”

“Where, I don’t see even one?”

“They’re here in my mind, George, in my mind.”

With that, John pulled out small carving tools and natural paint. He first put his hand on the rock and sprayed it with paint. Next, he carved a man figure holding a spear pointed at a buffalo with large horns. Other animals and figures followed.

In the summer of 2014, Brenda led a group into Cave Number 10.

“As you see, the cave dweller drew a petroglyph of a hunt. Notice the hunter with the spear. The artist signed his work with his handprint.”

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31 thoughts on “USING IMAGINATION

  1. Oh, Suzanne, the anthropologists would hate this post!! My folks live in Colorado where petrogyphs are historical treasures. People have a fit when they’re defaced (usually shot up with guns versus spray paint). A clever take on the prompt though. πŸ˜€


    • Thanks, Diana. I know what you mean. This was meant in fun, but I also hate it when I see ancient sites defaced and/or destroyed. I can better understand the reasons it’s happening in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, which is for religious reasons,than in western U.S. That’s just vandalism. People who vandalize are mentally twisted. Of course the radicals who do it in the Middle East are twisted also. — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Barbara. I’m pleased you liked the story. The original markings are said to be thousands of years old and no doubt are as experts have examined them. The fictional story I wrote was about two guys in modern times creating an additional cave to increase tourism. I totally respect the beliefs of tribals and ancient peoples and hope I didn’t offend anyone. I hate to hear of artifacts being vandalized and/or destroyed. —– Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Ansumani. I’m so pleased you took the fictional story in the humorous way it was intended. It was totally ficticious and original petroglyphs are national treasures. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  2. I can definitely see this happening. There will always be people who just want to make money and don’t care what cultures, beliefs and histories they trample over to do so. A great take on the prompt, Suzanne. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Louise. I’m so glad you took this in the spirit of fun in which I meant it, and enjoyed it. I too hate it when people visit and take advantage, especially when they carve their names on archaeological sites or deface them in some other ways. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Yolanda. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story. I hate to think of all the things that have been done to take advantage of tourists and get their money. I agree that John better hope he’s not discovered. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Ali. I know what you mean. It brings to mind those signatures of tourists in Egypt from around 200 years or more ago that are now considered part of the historical sites. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


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