Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smell

 Nutmeg and mace are the original twins on this planet. Derived from Myristica fragrans an evergreen tree – mace is the covering of the fruit – nutmeg. It is an essential ingredient of the ‘garam masal’ that is the basis of North Indian cuisine – especially Biryani that I love.





Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT - © Marie Gail Stratford

PHOTO PROMPT – © Marie Gail Stratford

A hungry mouse shall opt for cheese over sex. I will now demonstrate this.

A Y-maze was set up. A male albino-rat waited to enter the maze; one of the maze arms led to a piece-of-cheese and the other to a female albino-rat. The Professor clicked the computer-mouse and the lab-rat rushed in to the maze and after rejecting the female,   finally found the cheese.

You see – the Professor beamed.

An unconvinced student asked the Professor to change the female-rat.

The lab-rat opted for the female.

The striped-mouse wished it was in maze.

Words < 100


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


The conch-shell

Prompt –

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story that begins with: “The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood.”

The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood. At least the man with the conch-shell believed it to be so.

You can live here and find me the gold. He told the jinn in the conch-shell.

You are sure this place has no material from solid terrain.

That is what the Gold fraternity claims.

All right, I shall check for myself and reward you accordingly.

Thank you, sir.

Now, blow into the conch-shell.

People in the vicinity wondered at the loud and long OOOOOOOOOmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, though no source for it could be visualized.

The man waited for the jinn. He came back soon and handed the man a nugget and vanished along with the conch shell.
I wish to sell this nugget.

OK, let me just check the gold content.

Well, how much gold does it contain?

Less than 1 percent.

Words ~ 150


Mondays Finish the Story


Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © The Reclining Gentleman

PHOTO PROMPT – © The Reclining Gentleman

Once all the traffic on the bridge was in the other direction.

The bridge connected two ancient cities of Sumedhu and Kumedhu. The people of Sumedhu valued hard work, frugality, truthfulness and tranquility. The people of Kumedhu were violent, egoist and hedonic. There was a lot of migration from Kumedhu to Sumedhu.

In the second half of the twentieth century, people of Sumedhu realized the value of instant gratification. As the second decade of twenty first century got underway, the flow was reversed.

Mean while, white-ants gnawed away at the wooden pegs in the pillars of the old bridge.

Words < 100


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


A repose for …..

Prompt –

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story that begins with:  “She lived in a mango tree.”

She lived in a mango tree. A tree-house perched on an old mango tree with a balcony that looks through the foliage. The wooden bed room at the rear is semi-open with a stunning view of the river and surrounding countryside. The man from the Magical Structures completed his inspection.

Imagine an enchanting retreat high up in a leafy bough – a place to relax and enjoy a drink with friends and listening to the hoot of an awakening owl. The man flipped a page of the brochure.

I want a biggish-perch high up. The lady’s companion spoke.

That can be arranged, sir.
Why do you really want a perch here? She inquired.

So that vultures can eat away the carcasses of my victims.

What victims?

You shall be the first one.

Words ~ 150


Mondays Finish the Story

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people ~ Ezra Pound.

Often that is the only solace available to a human.