Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–January 7, 2018. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other 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: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


Sir John and his page sat high on their coursers as they rode from the castle. They required speed. From the heights of the trail leading down, he viewed the surrounding city.

The queen had given him a message to take to her husband near the battlefield. He knew he might not survive. If he was shot down, his page would take over. The message must arrive.

The cold had gone and the horses slipped on the muddy path. The city was skirted.

Behind the lines, John found the king’s tent, quickly dismounted, and entered.

“Sire,” he said as he knelt, “the queen has sent an urgent message.”

“Arise,” said the ruler. “Give it me.” A look of surprise and dismay came on the monarch’s face as he read.

“Sir John do you know the contents of this missal?”

“No Your Majesty.”

“This is indeed serious news. My brother, Sir Henry has turned traitor. The enemy knows some of our battle plans. We must fight all the harder. May God in His mercy be with us this day. Let us pray.”

Heads bowed.

“Almighty God look upon and protect your servants. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

























Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution for the 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. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

I just want to add, my laptop was in the repair shop for several days, then I had to download “177” updates that had accumulated to be installed. It took part of the day and all through the night to install and update them. It became too late to send in a story last week, so I thought I’d wait for the new prompt.

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 3+14+150=167 Words

RAGE OF ZEUS by P.S. Joshi

Zeus was not having a good day and he made sure everyone knew it.

First, he sent a huge thunderbolt flashing through the evening sky. He aimed it directly at one of his other symbols, a monstrous oak on the edge of Olympus. It struck with devastating force, ripping the oak asunder. What remained caught fire. The blaze was seen for miles.

“That will show those stupid humans who is boss,” he thundered.

He raised his massive scepter causing another symbol, bulls, to stampede through farmers’ fields, breaking down fences.

A third symbol, mighty eagles, soared in flocks, then dived toward earth. People took shelter wherever they could duck inside.

Thunder was heard as Zeus shouted, “I have almost twenty children. Do they pay attention to me? No, they do not. I am a god. I am worshipped. Yet my own children defy me. It is the fault of their mothers.”

In his frustration, his giant tears cascaded to the ground below.

Symbol for Monday's Finish the Story



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