THE MOST IMPORTANT

 

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Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–November 6th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/sunday-photo-fiction-november-6th-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE MOST IMPORTANT By P.S. Joshi

There were two important leaders in the small town of Figgsriver, Indiana.

One was the mayor, Jayson Hicksworth IV, ancestor of the founder. The other was the wealthiest man in town, Portnoy Pimley.

In the town circle, a monument was being built. The problem was it couldn’t be decided whose bust was to be in the center of it. Neither of the important men wanted to share the place of honor.

Jayson thought his bust should be there because of the importance of his family and their contributions to the city.

Portnoy thought it should be his because of his contributions to the many good causes in the city.

Finally, it was decided it should be Jayson’s bust. It was made and installed with great ceremony.

The next day, shockingly, it was mysteriously found knocked off its pedestal and smashed.

The culprit remained unknown.

The two men eventually decided the only thing to do was share the honor. Two busts were installed and all was peaceful from then on.

Amos Furdly reluctantly told his wife something he was ashamed of.

“Emily,” he said, “I got drunk one night and accidentally knocked the first bust off the pedestal.”

“Good,” she said.

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FLOOD DAMAGE

 

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Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–September 4th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/sunday-photo-fiction-september-4th-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

FLOOD DAMAGE by P.S. Joshi

When his great grandfather came west from Pennsylvania, the Missouri land was rich and water was plentiful. He bought farm acreage near a stream so water would be close. Carrying it was no easy task back then.

One hundred and fifty years later, John paid for the mistake his ancestor had made. The Missouri River tended to flood in years when rain poured down on his farm. He couldn’t afford to move as there was a mortgage on the land. He had to take the mortgage to pay for water damage and buy more livestock for some lost in a flood.

Now the insurance company refused to give insurance at the normal rate. Next year they warned there would be no insurance offered.

His youngest son wanted to begin college, and John had to tell him he’d have to earn scholarships and work to pay for the remainder himself.

“That’s okay, Dad,” he said. “I can do that.” But his girlfriend wanted to get married so he joined the army. The second year of his service in Iraq, he was killed by a landmine. His wife had a child so moved in with John and his wife.

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THE QUILL

 

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Copyright:  Jan Wayne Fields

 

Here we are once more to show our creativity. Once again we’re asked to compose original stories for the Friday Fictioneers’ weekly challenge. This challenge is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to include a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt supplied for the week. The gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the host for the challenge. The prompt this week was supplied by Rochelle’s husband. Jan Wayne Fields. Thanks Jan.

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Genre:  Horror Fiction

Word Count:  100 Words

THE QUILL By P.S. Joshi

People laughed at Connie still writing with a quill. She’d found it in the drawer of her great-great grandfather’s desk, behind a secret panel. It still looked brand new despite its age.

Connie had heard numerous rumors about this ancestor, all  unpleasant.  People had feared him in his lifetime. No one now knew  why, but the fear had spread. One faithful servant was paid well to keep secrets.

People often saw the ancestor by a window, happily writing.

Connie sat and took out ancient, yellowed parchment she’d found and began to write.

“Who dies now?” the quill wrote in blood.

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