Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–May 28th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt donated by himself or one of the other writers in the group. 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 donated by Al Forbes 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: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


There’d been a long stretch between roles for Larry, a film extra hoping to be a character actor. It was tough going. His agent sent him out often but someone else always got the role.

“Lar,” his friends told him, “your big break will come. You’ve only been in LA for two years. You’ve got to have patience.”

Finally, his agent called.

“Larry, they’re auditioning at Universal Studios for a new sci-fi TV series. Get over there ASAP. It’s an open audition.”

When he finally got to the studio his heart fell. The room was full of people. He’d been to these auditions before.

He asked one of the hopefuls waiting, “What’s the part?”

“Alien,” the guy said. “One line.”

“What’s the line or haven’t you been told?”

“You won’t believe me.”

“Try me.”

“It’s ‘Eek, wok, wok.’ They’ll probably have a voice over. Aliens use English electronic translators these days. The ‘Eek’ stuff’s probably just to get us to move our mouths.”

Finally, Larry had his turn. He gave the line all he had.


“Okay,” the man told him. “You’ve got the part.”

Except for a week into rehearsals, they cut the part.


Small plane landing

Photo Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution for 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.

This week, the first sentence was contributed by one of the writers, Martin Furman. A big, “Thanks,” to both Barbara and Martin this week.

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 other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 2+26+150=178 Words


“Delphin always wanted to pilot her father’s plane and when he forgot his keys on her tenth birthday, she knew that taking off would be easy.”

Hydrangea read from her granddaughter, Orchid’s, book.

“Oh pooh, I can teach Orchid how to travel in classier style,” she thought.  “After all, I’m a sorceress.”

She scooted to the basement and started to root through cartons.

“Ah, found it,” she shouted. She tugged and mothballs flew into the air. Out came an ancient, threadbare rug with some fringe missing.

“I better take it for a brief test drive,” she thought.

Taking it to the backyard, she sat in the middle of the rug. Her cat, Patience, joined her.

Out came her wand. She waved it in the air and shouted, “Airbournicus.” The old rug shuddered and rose into the air.

“Fly east by northeast,” she shouted.

“You don’t need to shout, you know,” said the rug in proud disgust.

“The man who sold you to me didn’t say you could talk,” said Hydrangea.

“Never mind, just ride,” said the rug.

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