FOLLOWING THE PATH

 

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Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

May the love and peace of this holiday season, wherever it can be found, fill all people everywhere.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–December 18th, 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 counting 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/2016/12/18/sunday-photo-fiction-december-18th-2016/

Genre: Human Interest Fiction

Word Count: 198 Words

FOLLOWING THE PATH by P.S. Joshi

The Buddhist monk entered the ancient temple on the high mountain and knelt in front of the large statue of the Buddha.

The monastery temple was cold but his mind was elsewhere. He followed Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment.  Fingering his wooden prayer beads, he murmured the chant of meditation.

He meditated on his past life much of which had been in the monastery. His mother was poor and had brought him here as a child.

The other monks gradually came and knelt, each following his own path. Some had come as little more than children and others when older. It was hard to tell age. Their heads were shaved and they all wore similar attire, a sea of orange.

Incense was lit, the smoke winding its way upward. All hoped their souls would become part of the eternal whole.

This was the scene that greeted the weary traveler as he entered and knelt with them. He wasn’t a Buddhist, but also searched for enlightenment.

His life had been a search for true love but it had evaded him. Great wealth was his but no peace. Sadly, neither could be bought. He’d tried.

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CABLE CARS

 

Cable cars--Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction – May 15th, 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 counting 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/2016/05/15/sunday-photo-fiction-may-15th-2016/

Genre: Humor/Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 198 Words

CABLE CARS by P.S. Joshi

For centuries, the inhabitants of the Planet Plinket had been planning to take over the earth. It wasn’t that they needed more land. They had plenty. They needed a good vacation spot.

The scientists had gathered in the conference room of the scientific research center in their largest city. A woman scientist, Zeena Ziplock, was the first to put forth an idea.

“It will help us take over if we can conceal our real identities to infiltrate. We need to choose something common on earth and become that thing. We’ve been experimenting.

Someone else spoke up, “What about food? That’s common.”

“Yeah, and be eaten?” someone shouted. Ideas flew thick and fast.

“What about animals–dogs or cats for instance?”

“We’ve tried that. If they don’t appear to have owners, they’re adopted. Remember what happened to poor Maltmix. He can no longer …”

“All right, Ziktin. We get the idea.”

“What about fish?”

“Fish are food on earth.”

“Oh, yeah, I forgot about poor Morkton. May he rest in peace.”

Zeena spoke again. “Remember the film we took as birds?”

“Cable cars!” They all shouted.

“When we want to take over we can hold our passengers for ransom.”

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THE SHORE AND THE SEA

 

Water and shoreline

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution 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:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/mondays-finish-the-story-may-11th-17th-2015/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 5+9+150=164 Words

THE SHORE AND THE SEA by P.S. Joshi

Arriving at the beach, she reflected on her life. Marian had always thought of the shore as life and the sea as eternity.

Her daughter brought her today for a beach outing, “…to get you out of the house,” she’d said.

Betty opened the immense, multicolored umbrella, placing first a blanket, then two folding chairs under it. “You can sit here, Mom, while I go for a swim,” she said.

Marian leaned back and closed her eyes. She and George brought the two kids here many weekends in the past. She couldn’t stay in the sun long now, so didn’t swim.

It had been ten years since George died. Sometimes it seemed less.

When she opened her eyes, she thought she saw him walking up the beach. He came to her and said, “Let’s go Marian.”

She took his hand as it seemed so natural.

When Betty came from the water, one look told her Marian was at peace.

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