What’s in a name ….

Prompt –

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story that begins with:  “The cemetery spread along the area known as Devils Abode.”

The cemetery spread along the area known as Devils Abode though there is no cemetery and no devil. It is just a notorious slum.

Devils abode got its name from the many illilicit activities like manufacture and sale of illegal drugs and counterfeit goods; human trafficking, arms trafficking, counterfeiting currency, etc. However, this was a product of social transition and lopsided development. The migrants from nearby areas settled here and learned to survive as they could.

The interesting part is the cemetery where no remnants of humans long dead could be found. It was excavated by a group of archeologist but not even a shard of human-bone was found. Later a paleontologist invaded the site and found fossilized skeletons and a skull that did not match any known earthly species.

An astro-biologist has recently postulated that it was the burial gound for aliens from one of the recently discovered earth like heavenly bodies.

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Horrible truth

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PHOTO PROMPT - ©Claire Fuller

PHOTO PROMPT – © Claire Fuller

I fear that just before we die it is not our whole lives that flash before our eyes – only the parts we have hidden in the deepest recess of our minds.

Why these morbid thoughts? His wife asked.

These vaults remind me of all the bad thoughts and deeds that I have locked away in the most secure places of my mind.

Strange that bank lockers trigger such thoughts in you.

One of these is closely related to the one in my mind.

Have you hidden some loot here?

Something much more hideous.

I believe you.

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


A kwaka……….

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2015-08-24 - Photo taken of an old photo in 2014 - Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story that begins with:  “The family had no idea that little Luigi would grow up to be…”

The family had no idea that little Luigi would grow up to be the richest man of the universe. None of them suspected that the absent-minded, day dreaming Luigi would command all the stock markets of the universe.

How did he earn it?

He invested in Galactic stock markets.


SgrA Black-hole Power Corporation, that is the only source of man made energy in our galaxy.

What is his financial worth?

No body really knows but he is suspected to be kwakabazillionairre.

In what currency?

Luigi-dollar the only currency that survived the transformation to galactic stock trading.

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Cover up!

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The slum across the road was bulldozed yesterday. Little Wu had watched it from his balcony. He saw Kai and his sister being pushed aside; their belongings scatter as mud walls of his house fell. Kai’s parents running helter-skelter to save what they could. Wu wanted to help but the hundreds of men in Khaki scared him. He asked his father to help them but he said – Good riddance.

He knew a blue or green canvas with some eco-friendly painting would hide the profanation – just like the one this side of road adjacent to their high rise.

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


The conman who saw all

Prompt –

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story that begins with:  “I see absolutely everything.”

“I see absolutely everything.” The conman reiterated.

The skeptic Arabpati (billionaire) tested him thoroughly. The conman succeeded but a sliver of doubt remained in Arabpati’s mind.

The conman’s eye sparkled with a furtive gleam. “Shall I tell you the number of the single bank-note placed in a secret-pocket of your wallet?”

The Arabpati nodded.

“5DAJ32334,” he answered, in a slow tone, “One thousand rupee note.”

“He can see all,” a lady commented. “What is in this?” She held up a little silver box.

“Diamond earrings”.

The lady turned pale, “You mean paste diamonds”

The Arabpati was staring at the man with the lady.

The conman looked surprized and then spoke, “Thanks for correcting me, friend”.

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Government Policy

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Ruins - © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story that begins with:  Where did they go?”

Where did they go? Why did they walk out of their homes?
Narrow roads and deserted homes – heaps of hay, dung-cakes and piles of dried leaves. Drains choked with runoff. Old and arthritic trees welcomed them.
What happened here? They asked the tour guide.
Nothing happened here.
Then why did the inhabitants walk off?
The government acquired this village and resettled the villagers in other places.
A super secret military base was estabilished in the adjoining village and this village is off limits for security reasons.
Then, how did you get the clearance for this tour.
No problems with permissions for the incoming.

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