Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barb 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:

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 4+2+150=156 Words


“Pizza anyone.”

My older sister, Anabelle, had invited her boyfriend of the month, Jason, over to show off her cooking skills. Let’s face it, she isn’t a glamor girl, far from it. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great girl, but she doesn’t look like a movie star, even when she layers on the makeup.

Of course, Jason doesn’t look like Brad Pitt, either. Nice guy, but lacking personality. I guessed he was overweight for a reason, and Anabelle had discovered that reason.

With the sight of pizza, extra cheese and plenty of pepperoni, his face shone like the grand opening of a mall. Actually, I figured they would make a successful couple as long as she kept his stomach full.

They dated for one month, and she ran in all excited one evening. “He asked me to marry him.” She blurted out.

“Congratulations,” I said. “I guess the food did it.”

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Electrical box

Copyright–Ted Strutz

Here we are for another week, gathered today in an electric company, in front of an outlet, to discuss power and our original stories for the Friday Fictioneer’s group. It’s surprising how many stories can be written using the weekly prompt of an electric plug. The prompt this week was supplied by group member, Ted Strutz. Thanks again, Ted. The challenge for this group is for each of us to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the weekly picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

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Genre: Non-fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


In India, where we live, electricity is almost like magic. We’re among the fortunate ones who live in a city where we get electric power most of the time.

Of course, it’s not like in the West where we took it for granted. Outages are sometimes unexpected. On Thursdays, we often have what is termed “load-shedding”. The power is turned off most of the daytime to save on it. We have a battery lantern.

In rural areas, they can have  eight hours or more without power during the day. Some remote places have never had it. It’s difficult for students.