Debbie Whittam sets this challenge every Thursday, to write a poem or story in 50 words, or multiples of 50 up to a maximum of 250 words, inspired by a picture and include some particular lines.
This is the story I wrote last week:
All Things are Possible
‘Just like two peas In a pod’ People said. My Twin and I were Identical before life separated us. I stayed at home and he went to study Architecture in Rome.
I had given up hope of having a different life. Mine was a life of drudgery, I woke up at six, went to the office, came home, ate then went to bed. Then over and over like some kind of Groundhog Day.
Then one day, as I was walking down a dark alley, A man appeared suddenly. He was wearing a green long-tailed coat and fingerless gloves. He reminded me of a character from a book by Charles Dickens, like Ebenezer Scrooge, except he was grinning at me in a friendly manner and not rubbing his hands together shouting ‘Bah Humbug’.
“Tell me, my boy,” he said, in a booming voice “What wish would you like me to grant you? Name it, and it’s yours.”
I decided to play along.
“Well, my Brother is in Rome, and I’d love to visit him. I’ve always wanted to see Rome. Can you make that happen?” I asked withholding my scepticism.
“Easy as Apple pie my good fellow” The man then snapped his fingers.
We no longer stood in the alleyway, I stared in wonder at a grand white marble building.
The man laughed at my expression and said “You see. Around here, anything’s possible.”
“Where are we then?” I asked.
“In your dreams, of course” He said, and everything went black.
Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 20/December/2018