FFfAW-The Dream

When he saw the steel dragons on top of the building, Martin pulled his car over next to the curb and gawked.

“This was in my dream!” he excitedly told Mervin.

“What was your dream about?” Mervin inquired.

“Well, I was driving down the street and this huge monster came stomping over this building. I remember being very afraid then I woke up.”

“I wonder what would have happened if you hadn't wakened?”

Just as they drove away from the curb, a bear shaped hot air balloon flew over the steel dragons toward the two men.

“Your dream!” laughed Mervin.


Thank you Enisa for our photo prompt this week!


This is my 100 word story for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt that is kindly photographed by our participants and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. It's fun and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

To read all the stories submitted for this challenge, click on the blue froggy button below:



FFfAW-Mr. Dreamy

I work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and only get 2 coffee breaks. One 15 minute break in the morning and another 15 minute break in the afternoon. Luckily, there is a coffee cafe in the building that I work.

That is where I met him. Him…the man of my dreams. The man that will take me away from this 9:00 to 5:00 horror.

I made sure to make a good impression on him. I found out that he works in one of the businesses in the building. I was excited to think that I would see him often during our coffee breaks.

Then one day he didn't show up. I searched and searched, to no avail. I was heartbroken. Where is Mr. Dreamy?

Then I found out the horrible news. He was fired.

My dream of Mr. Dreamy went down the drain along with a cup of cold coffee.

But this morning I met another Mr. Dreamy…

As they say, life goes on.


Thank you Shivamt25 for our photo prompt this week!


This is my 166 word story for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt that is kindly photographed by our participants and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. It's fun and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

To read all the stories submitted for this challenge, click on the blue froggy button below:



Running from my captor, I swam across the channel. No sooner had I got to land he came after me in his boat.

All I could think of was, run, run! If he catches me he will kill me! I must run and I must hide!

What do I do? I have ran so much I can barely catch my breath but he is still hot on my trail.

I told him I didn't know where the jewels were because I had nothing to do with them. It's Robert, not me!

Finally! He is leaving and I can breathe again.


Thank you Louise for our photo prompt this week!


This is my 100 word story for the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt that is kindly photographed by our participants and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. It's fun and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

To read all the stories submitted for this challenge, click on the blue froggy button below:



Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

I am excited that so many people are interested in participating in the new flash fiction challenge created for aspiring writers:

“Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers”

All the details are in the new site, please click on the url above and it will take you into the new website. Please follow this site to receive instant email messages.

Flash Fiction Challenge for Aspiring Writers

There are several Flash Fiction Challenges on WordPress and I have really enjoyed being a member on them. Lately, my heart has been challenging me to consider starting a Flash Fiction Challenge for Aspiring Writers.

The Flash Fiction Challenges that I have participating in have many, what I consider, professional writers (authors of books or in the process of writing books). This made me realize that us “aspiring writers” need a flash fiction challenge of our own. (I would hope some professional writers would also join to be our mentors and help us improve our writing).

If you are interested, please read below and let me know your thoughts or your decision:

1. Each challenge will be a Photo Prompt Challenge. I will supply the photograph to be used to base our stories on.

2. I will start a new blog that would be strictly for this writing challenge and those who would like to join will only receive posts that are specific to this challenge.

3. I will need to know if you are interested in joining and if so, what is your blog url so I can send you and invitation from my new blog.

4. Would you like a weekly challenge, a bi-weekly challenge, or a monthly challenge?

5. How many words do you think should be the limit? 100 words, 200 words, or another number of words.

6. What are your thoughts about this Flash Fiction Challenge? Any suggestions or thoughts that I haven’t mentioned? Have I forgotten anything?

7. Any suggestions of names for the challenge?

So, please let me know if you would be interested in joining this challenge and/or what your thoughts are. Thanks!!

P.S. You do not even need to be an aspiring writer. If you would like to join just to have fun, that is acceptable too.

(Also, I do not want to step on the toes of any of the currently running Flash Fiction Challenges. I want to continue participating in these challenges, and others who may be reading this may want to continue participating in them too).


Team Flash Fiction Chain #6 Part 3

Please go to TAGS in the WordPress Reader and enter tag: “Team Flash Fiction Chain” to read previous links to this story.

Part 1: Sona

Part 2: Yinglan

Part 3: Priceless Joy (This post).

All characters in the story up to this point:

The Wedding Bells – Part 3

Anna Brighton – 32 year old publisher, CEO and owner of publishing company

Alex Burns – a well established author and Anna’s childhood friend

Jenny – Anna’s personal secretary

Melissa Doyle – Anna’s neighbor and close friend

Harrison – Melissa’s Fiancé’ but only “just” introduced into this part.


Anna’s eye grew huge when she saw Alex standing at her front door next to Melissa.

“Alex! Oh my God, what are you doing here?”

Alex laughed and grabbed Anna’s hand into his own, “Anna, Anna, my dear, Is this how you greet an old friend?”

“Oh my God, Alex, you are the last person I expected to see today, but.. I just… Oh, really I am happy to see you, please come in!”

Melissa followed Alex into Melissa’s parent’s beautiful home. Alex looked around mesmerized at the stunning home, feeling reluctant to step a foot on the magnificent marble floor.

“Anna, this home is beautiful! Is this where you grew up? No wonder you are a successful publisher.”

Anna blushed and guided her friends to the sun room to enjoy tea and tea cakes. Ann’s heart was beating furiously. Was she happy to see Alex? What was this odd feeling she was feeling? Is this love? Before she realized it she had mouthed the words, “No! It is not, I cannot!”

“What? What is the matter love?” Melissa gasped and grabbed Anna’s hand. “Is something wrong? Are you not going to be my maid of honor?”

Anna exuded a sigh of relief, Melissa had just saved her from a very embarrassing moment.

“I would love to be your maid of honor Melissa but I don’t have a dress.”

Melissa responded excitedly, “Oh, is that all it is! You scared me for a moment Anna. I have a dress and it will fit you perfectly! It will be perfect for you to wear to the wedding.”

Alex smiled and his dark brown eyes twinkled as he looked into Anna’s beautiful green eyes. Anna felt herself melt inside and it felt to her like a feather was tickling inside her stomach. “Why am I feeling this way?” She thought to herself, being careful not to let out any more of her thoughtful secrets. She brushed the thought away because she didn’t have time for a lover. She didn’t have time for anything but her publishing company and she didn’t want to ruin her business relationship with this talented and popular author, even if he is an old friend. She knew she had to keep her feelings a secret, just in case she was falling in love with him. She was not going to allow herself this luxury.

Alex broke the reverie of her silence, “Anna, Melissa has asked me to be part of the wedding party. She would like for me to walk you up the aisle to the front of the church and stand with you. Are you agreeable to this arrangement?”

Anna’s thoughts were swirling inside her head where she had been caught off guard with all of this.

“Of course Alex, I would be honored to have you walk me to the front of the church.”

Melissa started clapping her hands with happiness. “I am so happy this is going to work out perfectly after all. Thank you Anna and Alex for saving my wedding from becoming a disaster.”

Anna suddenly remember the previous maid of honor, and asked, “Why is your original maid of honor not able to be in the wedding party?”

Melissa looked thoughtful then replied, “She broke her ankle while hiking. She fell down a short cliff and twisted it.”

Alex laughed jovially and added, “Thank God Anna is here and you don’t need to be worried about not having the perfect wedding now.” He grabbed Anna’s hand and smiled at her.

“Anna, I just thought of something! You and Alex look perfect for each other. Why don’t you two get married with me and Harrison?”

Anna almost choked on her tea. Trying to keep from choking, Anna replied, “Melissa, stop being so silly. Alex and I are just friends.”

Trying to change the subject, Anna turned to Alex and asked, “Where are you staying Alex?”

Alex, trying not to look embarrassed, sheepishly replied, “I am going to get a room at the hotel on Main and 7th Street.”

“Nonsense!” Anna retorted. “This house is huge and there are plenty of empty bedrooms. You can stay here. My parents will be delighted.”

Looking at Melissa then to Anna, Alex agreed. “All right then, if you are sure it won’t inconvenience you or your family, I will be pleased to stay in this beautiful home.”

Mellisa excitedly added, “Oh Alex, you will love it! This home has special powers.”

Both Anna and Alex looked at Melissa with shocked expressions. “What are you talking about Melissa? “

Melissa smiled mischievously, “Oh, just something I heard years ago. Never mind it.”

Anna demanded, “No, I won’t never mind it. What is it that you heard!?”

“Just..just… that cupid’s spirit resides in this home.”

“Oh, hogwash Melissa! Where do you come up with these silly trivial imaginings!?”

Alex looked down at the floor trying to hide the smile that had crossed his lips.


What is this “spirit of Cupid” that Melissa was talking about? Could it be true and if it is, will Cupid’s arrow hit its mark? What will happen now that Anna and Alex will be staying under the same roof for three days? Will Melissa’s wedding be perfect after all or not….? What is in the future for Anna and Alex? Stay tuned for part 4 by:

The Traveling Hat

Tag: Team Flash Fiction Chain



Rattle Snake River

Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River in Latchahatchi County, Texas. My grandpa use to tell me stories about Diamond Jack and his motley gang. His legend began in the early 1800’s during the time folks were moving west to homestead land in order to own the title free and clear. Diamond Jack and his outlaw gang would lie in wait hiding and hold up the unsuspecting wagons as they were coming through.

Legend has it that as the gang were coming around a hill to surprise a wagon train, they were met head on by a tribe of Apache Indian warriors that shot the gang members with poison arrows, damn near skinned them alive before they could take their last breath. Everyone said that thieving gang got just what was coming to ’em and no tears were shed for their brutal demise. One wagon train coming through found their rotting bodies, all of em’ missing their hair. (150 words)

Monday Finish the Story Challenge. Write a story of 150 words using the photo prompt and the first sentence of, “Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River.” Link your story’s url to inLinkz little blue frog for, Monday’s Finish the Story, which is kindly hosted by Barbara. If you would like to join in this flash fiction fun, click here for more information.


Friday Fictioneers Jan 30, 2015

Dusk was falling fast on the high security prison, filling Ray's cell with an eerie dusty light. Anticipating his last meal, Ray knew he had chosen well, T-bone steak, baked potato; corn, a whole wheat bun and apple pie ala-mode.

Later, the guards came and led him down the long hall to the electricity room, where they put him in a chair and tied a black hood over his head.

After making sure he was secure, the old guard yelled, “Ready! Set! Power the juice!”


(Ray wasn't dead).


(Still wasn't dead).

“Oh hell! Get em' up. He lives.”

  • ~100 words~

copyright: Ted Strutz

It is time once again for Friday Fictioneers, which is graciously hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Our challenge is to write a story, using the photo prompt given, with a beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. It's fun. Join us.

If you are interested in participating, click:

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple



Flash Fiction Chain #5 – Jithin of PhoTraBlogger

This is my first attempt at Flash Fiction being written in a continuous Chain.

This Flash Fiction, titled, Toy Soliders, is being written by a motley of some fabulous writers. These are the writers that are contributing to this story:

Part 1: Written by Abirami

Part 2: Written by Sona

Part 3: Written by Yinglan with “Hidden Stars Fiction”

Part 4: Dr. K.O.

Part 5: Austin

Part 6: Phaena

Part 7: “Itchy Quill”

Part 8: Priceless Joy with “Beautiful Words.”

Our galant host is Jithin with “PhoTraBlogger”.

Part 1by Abirami

Part 2 by Sona

Part 3 by Yinglan

Part 4 by Dr. KO

Part 5 by Austin

Part 6 by Phaena

Part 7 by Itchy Quill


The Story Characters are as follows:

Protagonist: Rick: No so ordinary boy, 10 years old

Jenna: Social Services employee

Jack: Jenna’s Boss (introduction into this scene).

Mrs. Montgomery: Foster Mother to 13 children and her only child, a son.

Jake: Mrs. Montgomery’s only child, a son.

Sun (Sunne): “The” Monkey

*** Elaborated Characters ***


Mesa (boy) 14 years old; Toro (boy) 12 years old; Wheeze (boy) 8ish years old.

Table 2:

Danus (boy) 11 years old; Makaya & Kumba (boys and twins) 7 years old.

Moses (boy) 6 years old.

Table 3: Marilyn (girl) 11 years old; Britney (girl) 8 years old; Kanya (girl) 6 years old.

The Tiny Toy Soldier Part 8 Fiction Chain #5

From part 7:

The phone answered with a click. It was a man’s voice on the other end.

“Jack, it’s happening.”


“Where are the kids?”

“I don’t know. They aren’t here. No one is here. And, there is a half eaten banana on the floor.”

“The kids could have left that there.”

“No. I don’t think so. The place is a complete mess. They all had a food fight. You know as well as I do what that means.”

“I’ll be there in fifteen minutes. Don’t leave. You need to be there if someone comes home.”

Just as the phone clicked, Jenna heard the sound of the door knob turning. The place was thick with dread and fear. When the door squeaked open, Jenna about jumped out of her shoes.

As the door opened, there stood Mrs. Montgomery,

“Oh my Dear God. What has happened here?” She dropped her bag of groceries on the floor and covered her mouth with her hand in stunned silence.

“Mrs. Montgomery, where have you been? I went to the Post Office looking for you? How could you just leave the kids like this?”

“I…I’m..I’m sorry. I didn’t want to tell you that our power got shut off. I went to the church to get a payday loan to tide us over until my next check comes in. I… I just didn’t have the heart to tell the children that was where I was going. Please tell me. What is going on here?”

“Mrs. Montgomery, I don’t have time to tell you right now. I need to go find those children right now. It is very important. Jack is on his way here. Please keep him here until I get back.”

“I’ll make a pot of coffee and start cleaning this mess up. Oh Jen, I just don’t understand… her voice trailing off.

“Mrs. Montgomery, it’s that monkey again and at this point that is all we know. I don’t have time to explain right now. You just have to trust me.

“Jenna, please be careful and please bring me my babies back safe and sound.”

Those words had barely left Mrs. Montgomery’s mouth before Jenna ran out the door and headed for the jungle……

Part 8: Beautiful Words

Part 9: http://soulnspiritblog.com/about/