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That One Minor Detail

sunday-photo-22-aprilIt was Walpurgis Night.  The Angelus bells at St. Gabriel’s tolled, reminding the villagers that the Moment of Truth had at last arrived.

 

“You understand the tradition, Braithwaite,” Lilith bluntly reminded her nephew.  “The hundred years are up.  Drink one.”

 

 

Each century, on this date, the oldest unmarried Earnshaw man is required to decide which, among these glasses, he will drink from.

 

“Remember, Old Boy,” she continued. “One will render you a madman. One will merely result in the death of someone you don’t know.  The remaining glass is quite harmless and does nothing.”

 

Braithwaite had spent many long, sleepless nights pondering the consequences of his inevitable decision. There was one detail he simply couldn’t understand:  Why was each liquid, in each glass, tilted at such an odd diagonal angle?

 

“It’s quite funny,” he thought, “How one minor detail~or was it minor?~can be so distracting.” All the while he sat motionless, quite mesmerized, wondering what Uncle Basil might have done when his turn arrived. He reached out , at the decisive instant, for a glass.

 

“All is lost no matter what,” he thought. “I shall see you soon, Uncle Basil,” as he took an inevitable sip.

 

Here’s me very first attempt at Sunday Photo Fiction .  Each week we are to write a 200~word (or fewer) story based upon a photo prompt. Mine is 197~words.  Thank Al Forbes for this week’s photograph.

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Their Satanic Majesties’ Request

“You know those novels and short stories, like Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, and Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis?’  Elzo asked his friend Ennio on the phone.

 

“Yeah?” the unsuspecting sidekick admitted.

 

“Well,” the former tried to explain, “I think we have to talk.”

 

“Hey,” Ennio stammered. “I’ve been trying to arrange this blind date for you and Sharon for the past six months!  She’s such a sweet girl. I’m sure she’ll humor you.” 

 

 

Reluctantly, Elzo agreed to meet her at a nearby restaurant for supper.

 

First there were the introductions.

 

 

So,” she started. “Ennio says you’re a history teacher.”

 

“Yes,” he chimed in. “How do you like being a nurse?”

 

Amazingly the otherwise inevitable small talk went on quite well. The friends gawked back and forth at each other, wondering how she could possibly not have noticed anything’s being amiss.

 

 

Eventually Ennio and his girlfriend Mabel excused themselves and left early so the two could be alone.

 

Sensing that now was his perfect chance, Elzo asked Sharon for an explanation.

 

 

“Why haven’t you even so much as flinched?” he wondered.

 

 

“Friend,” she replied slowly, “I am a minion from a Satanic cult.  I merely assumed you were one of us. Haven’t you ever heard that Vishnu was once incarnated as a boar?”

 

 

From there she proceeded to explain to him all about Manicheans, gnostics, gods ranging from Pan to Moloch.

 

 

The befuddled swain tried, as gallantly as he could, to humor her for as long as it was unavoidably necessary.  At the end of the evening he politely said his good~byes and left.

 

 

The next day Ennio and Mabel couldn’t wait for a full account of all that transpired over the course of the fateful tryst.

 

 

“Well maybe I’m in no position to be picky these days, considering my circumstances,” he explained, “but have you ever gotten the impression that maybe someone’s just not quite all that nice of a catch?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome back to MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie , where we, weekly, write a story based upon a photo prompt. This week Nekneeraj, our host, gives us an image by Igor Morski.

Novel Mode Of Transportation

Why are you staring at that car in the air?

O do you think it is somewhat abnormal? 

 

O it does not matter, no, nor do I care

 

For my manners are so very informal.

I try to behave with a casual flair

 

And I shan’t freak out aloud as a storm’ll.

 

Unlike the other fuels, so tried and true,

 

Balloons, you see, at least are something new.

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This is my very first attempt at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

 

It’s also my very first attempt at Ottava Rima

 

Photo credit goes to Vincent Bourihon.

 

 

Michael and Erin

On the weekend of my fifty~seventh birthday my nephew (and Godson) Michael, and Erin, got married. The wedding was at Nostrano Vineyards in Milton, New York.

The scenery was perfect. I got a chance to hobnob with our relatives and Erin’s.

I couldn’t help being smitten by the view. Milton was named after the seventeenth~century Jacobin poet, author of “Paradise Lost”.

 

 

the showers of blessing

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sue bee and kat

coming down fast but I’m miles above you

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allison’s written words

the everyday photographer

hopeful boy

I spent a few hours this past weekend at the Long Beach, New York, annual Arts and Crafts Fair on the boardwalk.  Yesterday I wanted to try to take a picture of a plane with either a banner or skywriting. Unfortunately I wasn’t quite fast enough.

birthday girl at yankee stadium

This picture was taken on my sister’s birthday in 2014.  She, her family, and I went to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.  I’ve never been a sports fan, and considering that I’m originally from Jackson Heights, I’ve always told people that I’m an honorary Met fan. I took the picture with my Canon digital camera. As good as that camera is though, I now take pictures exclusively with my Tracfone LG Android camera.

curve ~the daily post photo challenge

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superjangames

myfirst1000photos

toora loora loora

27083019280_7b2fc4c319_hThis past Monday was Memorial Day.  Long Beach, New York, always has such an especially nice parade. As always I made sure I marched in it with my Knights of Columbus Monsignor Cass Council 2626. Alas, when I took a picture of my council’s banner, our number didn’t make its way into the picture. However I got quite a nice photograph of our local division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Believe it or not my ethnic background is only half~Irish.

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what’s your favorite number?

gems and navigating the city

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on the boardwalk in long beach

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”

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This is a picture of a building on the boardwalk in the West End in Long Beach, New York. The old fellow sitting down is a Hasidic Jew. I don’t know any of the people in the pictures. Daily I make sure I ride my bicycle along this boardwalk in order to get enough exercise.

http://humanrightswarrior.com/2015/09/01/from-every-angle/

http://todaysgoodlife.com/2015/09/01/squirrel/

http://theoutershores.com/2015/09/01/angles-on-a-landmark-in-the-sand/

http://viewfromafrenchhillside.com/2015/09/01/blackberry-tuesday/

https://theeternaltraveller.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/weekly-photo-challenge-from-every-angle/

https://aditimaithreya.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/how-do-you-see-santa/

garbage

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

IMG_0170 I was at the local soup kitchen on Pine Street in Long Beach, New York this morning. This horrendous sight was in the garbage container outside when I first showed up.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/creepy/

https://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/weekly-photo-challenge-creepy-ghosts-of-children/

https://belohorizontedailyphoto.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/wp-weekly-photo-challenge-creepy/

http://pondertheirrelevant.com/2015/08/15/wpc-creepy-end/

close up of a local creek

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

This is a picture of a creek (pronounced there as crick) in northeastern Pennsylvania, on the borderline between the Boroughs of Wyoming and West Wyoming.

https://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/close-up-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://terriwebsterschrandt.com/2015/07/24/blue-light-special/

https://msdiplomacy.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/close-up/

https://davidwetzelsfineart.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/close-up-view-of-patience-wpc-challenge/