ETERNAL FRIENDS

Pen n tonic Creative Expressions

Each week on Tuesday Pen’n’Tonic will post  a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

For this week’s challenge, a black and white photograph (owner and girls unknown) of three school friends at a rural schoolhouse.

https://penntonic.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/creative-expressions-9-black-and-white/

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ETERNAL FRIENDS

By John Yeo

The three friends were all Land Army girls during the second world war. Betty and Cissy worked on the land and Lil drove an ambulance. They all met up one day to visit their old school for the school reunion day.
Lil borrowed the ambulance and gave Betty and Cissy a lift. The snow was thick on the ground and Lil drove very slowly and cautiously to avoid skidding out of control. Laughingly she joked, they would be safe in her hands as she was a first class ambulance driver usually driving as fast as possible.
The three friends had a wonderful time catching up with their old school chums, bringing  all the old memories of happy schooldays to life again. I took a photograph of the three of them together, promising faithfully I would send a copy on to each of them. They drove off in the ambulance laughing cheerily and waving goodbye.
Sadly that was the last anyone saw of them.
The German aircraft seemed to come from nowhere, strafing and bombing the vehicle and the houses nearby. We heard later that the bomb that hit the ambulance was a direct hit and  killed the three friends instantly. The funeral was a very sad solemn occasion that will live long in my memory.
I had the photograph developed and it was used in the obituary in the local paper, I saved this copy as a sad remembrance of my three dear school friends.
Eternal friends lost through war.

(250 Words)

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Mysterious Island (10)

I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story 09/02/2015, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words.

The link below takes you to Part Nine

https://johnandmargaret1607.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/mysterious-island-9/

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MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (10)

by John Yeo

Dropping her line into Fools Lake, she patiently waited for something to bite.

Hillary was on leave, visiting friends in Arizona. Fly-fishing was a passion of hers from way back.

There was a piercing sound from a cell phone in her rucksack. ‘Damn! I’m sure I turned that off,’ she thought.

Marg, her employer who owned the investigations agency she worked for, had had a narrow escape and needed her help.

Hillary picked up a flight from Phoenix to Anchorage in Alaska and 6 hours later, collected a package from Marg, at “Humpys,” a restaurant in the airport complex.

Marg related her miraculous  escape from the secretive Dickus’s lab that blew up after explosive charges detonated, when she retrieved some documents from a large safe. Marg needed to get back to London to meet the Brigadier, as she was now a target of the organisation. Hillary agreed to deliver the package to their office and returned to Arizona.

A motorcycle roared up ~

(150 Words) ~ To be continued….

The link below takes you to Part Nine

https://johnandmargaret1607.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/mysterious-island-9/

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Picture it and Write ~ Girish

This is the latest Picture it and Write prompt from Ermilia’s blog

https://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/__picture-it-write-100/

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As usual the image is supplied and credited by Ermilia

THE MESSENGER

by John Yeo

My Mother was very sick with an incurable cancer, our faith has always been very strong, indeed we had her to thank for our strong belief in God. They say miracles are possible and we continually prayed for her in church. Mother had already outlived all the estimates of her life expectancy by months.

Mother was devoted to her granddaughter, Anne, six years old and very bright. The teachers at Anne’s school swore she knew the answers to the questions before they were asked.

We were woken by the sound of Anne’s musical laughter and her voice talking to someone in the middle of the night. We rushed into her room to find her awake sitting up in bed, “Mummy, Daddy, this is Girish, an angel!” We could see nothing and she was completely alone. “Over there by the window!” We could see nothing there.

“Believe me Mummy, there is an angel standing, just there, smiling and watching us. Can’t you see?”

My wife in a moment of inspiration said, “Describe the angel, does she have golden wings? What is she wearing? Does she have robes of pure shining white material?”

“No Mummy, Girish has no wings and he is wearing a suit, like Daddy does and he is a young man.”

“What did he say that made you laugh?”

“He said, to tell you not to worry because Grandma will be alright, she has gone to heaven and the pains have all gone.”

I immediately telephoned my Mother’s house and a very surprised medic said, “I was just about to call you! Sadly your Mother died peacefully half an hour ago.”

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Five Sentence Fiction ~ Villainous

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word.

This week’s word: Villainous

http://lilliemcferrin.com/five-sentence-fiction-villainous/

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THE VOYAGE

by John Yeo

We joined the ship in Tiger Bay, the docks were pretty run-down, redevelopment was planned.

The Captain, a smooth talking elegant fellow, smiled as he welcomed us aboard his three-masted merchant ship.

Shipshape and ready for sail, the crew were lined up for inspection, men from many lands and backgrounds.

The first mate’s name was Lefty he had lost his right arm in a brawl in Calcutta, rumour had it he had killed a man in a fight over a woman.

This villainous collection of thugs and gangsters who were recruited to operate this cruising vessel instantly became cooks waiters, busboys and stewards as the ship sailed away.

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EMOTIONS ~Three Word Wednesday~

THREE WORD WEDNESDAY
http://www.threewordwednesday.com/2015/02/3ww-week-no-413.html

DESIRE~SHIVER~WILT
Write something based on and including these three words.

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EMOTIONS

by John Yeo

The plane crashed in the icy wastes and we were trapped in the ice fields gripped in the ferocity of a violent storm. We began to shiver, we were confined to the interior shell of the crashed aircraft for shelter. Tempers were frayed and on edge as the situation began to take a relentless hold. Even the strongest personalities among the passengers and crew began to feel the strain and to wilt under the prolonged pressure. There was a distant whirr of the blades of an approaching helicopter. Instantly a ripple of excitement fluttered throughout as everyone became aware that rescue was here. There was a rush to clamber outside as everyone’s desire to get to safety fast surfaced and just one person remained in control. The Captain was the last to leave.

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THE BEWITCHED BOWL

Pen n tonic Creative Expressions

Each week on Tuesday (as time permits), I’ll post a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

And now for this week’s challenge. Use the following photograph to write a story of 100 to 150 words that ends with

…as the dust settled around the crystal bowl.

https://penntonic.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/crystal-bowl/

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THE CRYSTAL BOWL

by John Yeo

It was the wedding of the year. Dinner served on a golden crystal dinner service with solid gold utensils was served in the main hall. The nephews and nieces who acted as pages and bridesmaids were playing with an empty crystal bowl under the long dining table.

There was an uproar among the servants as the guests were leaving, the missing crystal bowl had been noticed by the staff. Morwenna and Esmerelda were with the children and stole the bowl after the children had left. The bowl was to become a golden chalice for the celebration of the order of white witches.

The police were called with no result.

His lordship smiled and said. “The whole service is forged, the originals are safely in store”

Her ladyship however had swapped the fakes for the originals to honour their daughter.

The witches smiled as the dust settled around the crystal bowl.

(150 words)

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HEADLINES

Imagine Part Of Your Body Has A Voice

 Decide on a particular part of your body and imagine it has a voice – what do you think it would have to say for itself – humorous or sensible – your foot, your mouth, your ear, your head, etc.

Your piece of writing might include detailed description, facts, names and technical details. Or just Imagine it can tell us about itself and what it feels like to be it.

THE INEVITABLE AGEING PROCESS

by John Yeo

The inevitability of the ageing process.
As the body begins to slow down
The mind continues to function on regardless.

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Millions of brain cells communicating
Talking to each other and remonstrating
Generating a hubbub of noisy chatter.

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The continuation and maturation
With ongoing natural development,
Brings the added inevitable complication
Of slow diminution and deterioration,
Leading to insidious mental retardation.

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As brain cells enter a mode of self destruction.
The process is slow but sure degeneration
Forgetfulness brings further complication.

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Leading to the hopeless realisation

Although getting old is inevitable

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Silence can be golden.

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Mysterious Island (9)

I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story 02/02/2015, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words.

The link below takes you to Part Eight

https://johnandmargaret1607.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/mysterious-island-8-2/

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MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (9)

by John Yeo

Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake river.
Jack a wolf whisperer was famous for his efforts to reintroduce the gray wolf into the wild, 300 miles away in New Hampshire. The Brigadier had recruited him to go on ahead and prepare the way for the assault on the Alaskan laboratory.
Marg and Angelo boarded a small boat and approached the complex by water. A torchlight twinkled as arranged and they landed to find Jack. Grinning he said he had taken out the wolves using knockout drops delivered by darts and they had just one hour to do the job. Angelo and Jack went off to deal with the guards, and lay the explosives leaving Marg to infiltrate the building alone.
Shooting broke out in the grounds. A figure dashed out followed by a large wolf. The firing got closer and Marg took the opportunity to enter the lab. Suddenly there was a mighty explosion!
Some days later……………

(150 words)~to be continued

The link below takes you to Part Eight

https://johnandmargaret1607.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/mysterious-island-8-2/

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Picture it and Write ~ Space

This is the latest Picture it and Write prompt from Ermilia’s blog

https://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/picture-it-write-52/

imageAs usual the image is supplied and credited by Ermilia

SPACE

by John Yeo

Lift off and the journey had been perfect so far, trouble free and smooth.
The spaceship was halfway to Mars when the asteroids and space debris started to approach. The captain knew instantly that he would have to take immediate evasive action to avoid a collision.
His second-in-command arrived with a steaming cup of coffee and adjusted the seat cushions. The captain was in full control as he removed his spectacles, closed the book and said; Thanks darling!

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