Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–June 18th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in by one of the participants in the group of writers. 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. This week’s prompt was taken by Al himself. Thanks, Al.

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:

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


Many years ago, there was a bad king in the small kingdom of Los Casa. He was an ignorant tyrant put on the throne by poor people who thought he’d better their unfortunate lives.

The real power behind the throne was a wise though evil adviser. He made sure the king kept enough of his promises to his subjects to keep them happy. These promises were damaging for the kingdom but most good subjects felt helpless.

One day a message was written on the castle wall, THE EAGLE COMES.

“Who could have written it?” asked the ineffective local sheriff.

This was the first of many such messages. The king and adviser became frightened. Both were bullies and cowards.

One night all outer clothing was stolen from the castle leaving the king and adviser in their undies. They left the castle in shame and never returned.

Rico Estaban, twelve years old said to the other children, “We’ve done a good night’s work with the assistance of my father the palace cook and uncle the palace groom. Together we’ve formed the Society of the Eagle. What some foolish, gullible adults couldn’t manage we have.

A wiser and kinder ruler was chosen.


















Forested island

Photo Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution this week to 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.

To read the other stories written by group members, be sure to click first on the link given, and then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 2+9+150=161 Words


Few knew about the castle hidden inside the island. It wasn’t even a natural island.

Beneath a layer of earth and tropical plants was a building of super-resistant metal.

Within were scientists, with sensitive electronics, checking unidentified space chatter they suspected was from an alien vessel. This was thought to be signals from a mother ship giving instructions to the invading fleet.

In outer space, zooming toward Earth in a flying saucer, were two aliens who had accidentally left their transmitter open.

“Listen, Zictus, I’m getting tired of poctus legs. Check the cooler. I know there’s some doccin salad in there that my bonded female prepared. She also made some special strained piktie root.”

“Centis, I can’t help it if my bonded female can’t cook. I certainly don’t want to hear any more about what a good cook yours is. Use telltie sauce to disguise the taste. We may have to put up with far worse on Earth.”

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