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For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #153, where we write about the image below from Li.

A picture containing grass, outdoor, nature, smoke

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“We have ten battalions – a hundred thousand troops – in place, sir, just waiting for our orders.”

“Good. Very well, this is what I want them to do.”

The president moved to the table and picked up one of the models. Setting it down, deliberately onto the large map, he stated:

“I want you to send one of your battalions here.”

Considering for a moment, the president rested his ageing hand onto his chin.

“And another here.”

On a roll now, he continued:

“One here.”

The deferential general pulled on the lapels of his flawless uniform and raised his thick-set eyebrows but said nothing until he surmised that the president had finished.

“Thank you, sir, we will position our units exactly as you instruct.”

A smile spread onto the president’s steely face.

“This will fuck those fucking Ukrainian bastards.”

“Yes, Mr Putin, sir.”

The Monday Groan

Last year on vacation
I saw a seabird dancing.
A pelican-can.

Making you groan… any day of the week!

Mixed Feelings

Clipart image of an old man with a cane

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 24 January 2022, handbook.

Remember, my 80yo grandpa has just taken up with an 18yo.

On their wedding night, grandpa was stuck,
On the one hand, could not believe luck,
But he got into a stew,
He’d forgot what to do,
Had to search out the nearest handbook.

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Clipart image of a parked car at night

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 23 January 2022, dogged.

A couple whose sex life was nil,
Tried to spice it with some outdoor thrill,
So they then dogged until dawn,
It was better than porn,
And they enjoyed it so much they’re there still.

I’m sure this must be a name specific to the UK, but given that people are the same the world over, maybe you could tell me what it’s called where you live?

Dogging. It’s a sex thing. I never tried it so here’s what I think it is:

A couple drive someplace in their car. Nominally, a car park somewhere. At night, so it’s quiet. I was told that the local “dogging site” to me (in the nearest city) is the car park of an actual park – grass, trees, etc.

The couple proceed to have sex in their car. I don’t think anybody else is involved in the sex bit.

But, while they are doing the deed, there is a voyeur aspect. Strangers armed with torches come and look into the car and watch the couple performing.

Anyway, I read the prompt and my juvenile mind took me straight to dogging.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Life through the Lens (23 January 2022)

I’ve been sharing my own photos now for eighteen months so I thought the end of the year was a good time to call it a day.

If you wish, you can find the published photos by following the tag “LifeLens” on the main page of my site, or by hitting this link.

I thought I’d just round off the series by re-presenting a handful of my favourites.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

I just loved the Alpenglow here. Not visible as I took the shot, but picked up by the sensor. This is the summit of the Matterhorn, Monte Cervino, Mont Cervin, call it what you will, standing at 4,478m on the Swiss/Italian border. One of the most imposing images I ever saw.

Here’s a wider shot, taken with a different lens and different filters:

A photo of the Matterhorn mountain

The Sunday Groan

For her lunch, the golfer ate
A Sand Wedge.

Making you groan… any day of the week!

The Waiting Game

I had a bit of time this weekend so thought I’d write. So I headed over to DeviantArt and found the image below. My flash came in at about 950 words, about a 6-7 minute read, so be warned!

“Have a look, Mrs Brennan, is he coming yet?”

Continue reading “The Waiting Game”

The Saturday Groan

The young fish
Went to Plaice School.

Making you groan… any day of the week!

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