THE PROBLEM SHIP

 

Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July, 9th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in 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 taken 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:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sunday-photo-fiction-july-9th-2017/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE PROBLEM SHIP by P.S. Joshi

“I tell you, lads, I did see it. It was shaped like a saucer just hoverin’ in the sky. Then it took off like a shot and disappeared.”

“Ah come on James. You sure you weren’t in your cups at the time?” The barkeeper swabbed the bar, an amused look on his face.

“I don’t give a fig if you lot believe me or not. I tell you it was there.” James raised the mug to his lips and drank deeply of the cold ale.

Outside overhead, a spaceship hovered cloaked from sight.

“What do I do, Gitbot if that thing acts up again? Kicking it worked this time but who knows if it will next time. It’s unpredictable. I’ve never seen a worse piece of junk.” Botbit stared at the hidie thingy in disgust.

Ping, ponk, bonk, twang! The ship began to vibrate and tip to one side.

Botbit shouted, “Now what by all the planets is going on?”

Gitbot calmly picked up a round tool and flung it at a vibrating metal box.

“Calm down, Bot. I’ve seen this happen before. Fill out the problem form mentioning all trouble and transmit it to the engineers when we return.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BO PEEP’S PROBLEM

 

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Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

Here we are for another week. Today we’re revisiting a busy road with a lot of sheep in front of and hindering the progress of a car. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is a rerun taken by Sandra Crook and requested by Jennifer Pendergast. Thanks, Sandra, and Jennifer. Here then is the same story I wrote the first time plus a few tiny changes.

To read the other stories by the group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/15-july-2016/

Genre: Fantasy Humor

Word Count: 100 Words

BO PEEP’S PROBLEM by P.S. Joshi

Bo Peep was crying and wringing her hands. She had lost her whole flock of sheep. She’d searched high and low, back and forth.

Whatever would she do? Her family depended on her. She’d never been in such trouble.

Until evening, everything had been fine. Then they disappeared. She thought she heard them so where could they be?

Little Boy Blue came along and offered to help. She explained her problem.

He went, looked around, and came back to her.

“Peep,” he said. “aren’t those the sheep over there?”

“Where?” she asked.

He shook his head. “You need glasses, Peep.”

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED BY SCIENCE

 

Lake with lily pads and other growth--Erin Leary

Photo Copyright: Erin Leary

Here we are again this week observing and finding a solution to a virtual lake choked with virtual plants. Our hostess this week and every week is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and our challenge this week and every week is to each write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Erin Leary. Thanks, Erin.

To read the other stories from group members, first click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/5-february-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED BY SCIENCE By P.S. Joshi

It’s 2050. The world’s water is squeaky clean and chemical pest control is no longer used. The next step is taken.

The Hepptewith family is just about to munch dinner. Let’s peek over their shoulders.

Ruth Hepptewith deposits the heaped-up  huge bowls of greens on the table.

Little Georgie screws up his face. “Ugh.”

Martha Lynn the perfect child says, “Oh yummy, mummy. I just love kudzu and water hyacinth.”

Dad knows better than to say anything.

The family has taken a pledge to help the environment.

“Alright family,” Ruth says, “let’s all dig in and eat our weeds.”

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THE MISSING SHOE

 

Grate with a shoe on it

Photo Copyright: C.E. Ayr

Here we are another week. This time we’re gathered at a virtual sidewalk cafe where there’s a virtual sewer grate nearby. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and the challenge this week, and every week, is for each of us to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by C.E. Ayr. Thanks, C.E.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/20-november-2015/

JUST A NOTE: If anyone is trying to find my Facebook page and types in “Suzanne Joshi”, when you click on the Google link, you’ll get a FB page, but for another Suzanne Joshi. Just find my tiny picture on the heading at top and click on it. You’ll then get my page. It seems the other Suzanne Joshi is deceased as her page is remembering her. As you all know, I’m still alive, at least as far as I know.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE MISSING SHOE By P.S. Joshi

When we were young, Mom used to take us in the car with her shopping when Dad was at work. I especially remember one time when it was a problem.

“Listen, you girls,” Mom said, “I don’t want to be bothered until we get to the store. Both of you see if you can keep the baby entertained and quiet. He’s in his car seat so can’t get into trouble. See if you can find my good shoes back there.”

At the store, Mom parked and asked for the shoes.

Marion said, “I’m sorry, Mom, the baby threw one out.”

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