Photo Copyright: A Mixed Bag

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–April 30th 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt donated 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 from “A Mixed Bag”.

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: Humor Fantasy

Word Count: 200 Words

Take Us to Your Leader by P.S. Joshi

On a warm, sunny day in June a tiny flying saucer landed outside the Parkinson house on Elm Street in Brinkman, Ohio. A shimmering beam shot out from it and two aliens from the planet X14 were transported into the living room.

Mr. Parkinson was at work in the local brewery.  Mrs. Parkinson was teaching at Brinkman High School. Their two children, Dick and Doris, were at Brinkman Elementary School.

The only occupant of the home was a hefty horsefly resting on the computer keyboard. Tictosh tried to link his mind with the fly’s but had no luck. Pintosh next tried to network with the same result. They decided to express themselves in  the Earth language  for that location. They spoke together.

“Take us to your leader.”

They waited but nothing happened.

“Pintosh, this Earth person is either hard of hearing or extremely stupid. I wonder if they’re all like this.”

The fly, bored, zoomed to the kitchen.

“Well, Tictosh, he can fly without a vehicle which is more than we can do.”

On returning to X14, they gave their report:

There is no intelligent life on earth.

Forget about any attempts to rush contact.




This is my contribution this week to the challenge, Monday’s Finish the Story  hosted by Barbara Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence to be used 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 to read the other stories.

The link for all other stories is as follows:


Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 8+1+150=159


She was unaware that she was being watched.

She was a stunning gray and her mate was the dominant male. She carried his pups, among them, the future leader of their pack. Today, though, she was one of the hunters like all the rest.

They had gathered outside the cave at the start of the hunt, lifted their muzzles to the winter sky, and howled into the cold wind. Their breath came forth in clouds, chilled wind carrying it away.

“Look, Bill, said Walt Emery, isn’t she majestic. I’ve been studying this pack since last November and keeping a journal.

“That male in the lead is her mate. The others will follow and all go after the moose up ahead. They chose that moose because he’s old and slower than the rest.”

The pack now closed in. They had caught the strong, gamey scent of moose and tracked him. He knew they followed, but was tiring, slowing.

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