50 Word Thursday – Missing the Point


And the words:

“I gasp and jerk my hand back, but it’s too late.” – The Archived – Victoria Schwab


The train wove its way through the jungle and native habitat, a popular tourist attraction. The train climbed through the canopy and suddenly there was a breath-taking view across the lush vegetation. I got out my phone and took a picture but it doesn’t do the scenery justice. You just can’t duplicate the beauty of nature. As the train gathered speed back downhill, I decided to try to take a picture of the train itself. I reach out, arm extended and then I gasp and jerk my hand back, but it’s too late. My phone was gone, knocked away by something unseen in the dense jungle. I’d forgotten the fundamental rule of riding on the train, you must never put your head or arm out of the window.

Then I notice the blood streaming from my wrist and feel the excruciating pain as I realise my hand is missing too.

[150 Words]


This story was written for the 50 words Thursday challenge, this week hosted by Deb Whittam, click on the link below to see her post and take part in the challenge. The results are posted tomorrow.



I have also included the following word prompts:



FOWC with Fandango — Duplicate



Finish the Story – The House on the Lake

This story is part of the Finish the Story Challenge that Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosts. I was tagged by the lovely Sadje of Keep it Alive,

Finish The Story Challenge 2019#7

The House on the Lake 

Part One from The Haunted Wordsmith –


A house sat perched precariously on the edge of Clearwater Lake. It was a house that should not have stood, yet stand it did. It had been there for centuries and locals swore the same couple lived there the whole time. Locals never knew how right they were until the day the rains started.

“It’s just a little rain,” Susan said, watching the couple pile water and canned fruit into their shopping cart.

The couple looked at the checker and smiled politely. “The rain will not stop,” they said, “we’ve seen this before.”

No sooner had the couple left, Susan but dropped her smirk as locals poured into the shop chaotically looking for food. The once spring storm skies has turned …

To be continued………

Part Two – Sadje – Keep It Alive. 

……..dark grey, the rain increasing in intensity. The deluge continued for that day and night. By next morning the people were getting very concerned and the shopping for groceries and bottled water increased to the extent that the selves were barren of most edible goods.

Some of the locals were thinking of getting in touch with the couple in the hut to get some information about these rains, because some of them had overheard their comment about the rains not stopping and that they had seen it before.

So a group of the local elders went to speak to the couple, at their house at the edge of the lake. But when they got there they were surprised to see that…….

Part Three – My Addition

the couple were missing.

As they searched the house by the lake, the rain continued to fall, splashing into the lake. The wind caused the water to spray against the glass window panes.

Two skeletons were found lying in an upstairs bedroom. The hands were clasped as if they had died holding hands. Next to the body was a leather-bound book.

One of the Elders, Mrs Marianne Penniment, picked up the book and opened it.

The writing inside was elaborate and regal, not like the writing you see now, but like something out of a bygone age, where people wrote with pen and ink rather than biros.

The last entry in the book was telling. It read

“The flood waters are getting higher and we have little food left. There is nothing that can be done now except warn those who come after.”

It was dated April 1869, exactly 150 years before.

The other Elders gathered around as Elder Marianne continued to read from the diary,

it said…….. to be continued.


So the rules of the challenge are:

1. Copy the story as you receive it.

2. Add to the story in some fashion.

3. Tag another person to contribute to or finish the story.

4. Please use FTS as a tag so I can find it or link back to part 1.

5. Have Fun!


So, who shall I nominate?

How about Li, from Tao Talk?

Dream haibun




FOWC with Fandango — Regal