The Sunday Yarn ~ A new beginning

Prompt ~


Copyright Joe Owens 2015


The man from 2098 watched the waterfall along with his ancestors. He had made the backward journey in time to prove history wrong. He was researching the third world-war that had decimated 99% of the world population. The visitor had never believed that water was the cause for 3rd world war.

He had assiduously documented his findings – wastage, industrial usage, poor resource management, pollution sources and the clandestine water trade ……. till he reached 2015.

His findings indicated that the history was in fact true. If he reported his findings honestly, he would lose his hard earned reputation as an expert. No spin would work in this case, He pondered on the problem and finally thought of a solution.

He used his psychic teleportation powers on the huge water body and successfully teleported it to his fellow survivors residing in a little valley in Asia. The Niagra fall vanished leaving behind a stunned group of tourists.

An aspiring leader in 3013 addressed his fellow beings, “We have just a thousand years of history and it began after the waters from great flood receded, rest is just myth. “

Words  < 200


Sunday Photo Fiction

Thanks Joe for the lovely prompt.

Trifecta: Week Ninety Nine ~ Poison!

Prompt ~ 99 words from any word, any definition on 9th page of Oxford English Dictionary.

34 musicians of a band (Belgium, 1895) were poisoned (3 died) by eating ham at an inn. Now we know that the poison was a protein produced by a bacillus.

Less than a century later, Jean Carruthers, a Canadian ophthalmologist, treated a woman (1987) suffering from a rare and debilitating eye ailment with extremely small doses of same. The woman’s eye condition improved and the wrinkles between her brows seemed to disappear. Jean’s husband, a dermatologist found the story intriguing and explored how it could be used to remove wrinkles.

It was over pillow talk that Botox was discovered.

Words ~ 99

Besides cosmetic usage, Botox is now days used for many medical problems like migraine, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, muscle spasms, tennis elbow and many others.

On September 11, 2013, the FDA approved  Botox  for cosmetic use to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. The FDA originally approved Botox in 2002 to minimize the appearance of frown lines.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection ~ H G Wells.

An over bridge on a river bridge

Look carefully and you may spot a monkey or two in one of the pics.   😉


Just one of the many horror stories he had written was published. It had recieved severe criticism from readers and aficionados of the genre.

How to be sure that it was not a coincidence?? There was only one answer. He would write another tale, one featuring even greater detail, and if it happened exactly as he had written then he would know for sure. 

He identified one of his critics and crafted a story in which that individual was raped and murdered in a robbery gone bad. Once again he felt drained as he typed and upon waking he noticed some grey hairs in the mirror where the day before there had been none. 

He had almost given up hope and began to believe that it had been a mere coincidence when he came to know that his critic had surprised a burglar as he was robbing the critics home – she was raped and murdered exactly as he had written. 

Aware of the power he had stumbled upon he started to exact revenge upon those he felt had wronged him. All he cared about was his own dream to become a famous writer. He concluded that if all the other horror writers were dead then the publishers would have no choice but to publish him and his genius would be recognized by the general public. 

Over the next year he wrote the deaths of hundreds of horror writers of short stories and best-sellers including amateurs who wrote for the popular penny rags. They died by drowning, fire, poison, noose, blade and a myriad of other horrific ways. 

He, however, remained unpublished. It seemed that for each writer he struck down another popped up to take his place (in spite of the risk to their lives). 

He did pay a toll for his crimes, each life he took drained more and more of his own life force until at the age of thirty-three he looked to be a man of eighty, his remaining hair grey, his skin dotted with liver spots and wrinkles. 

Frustrated at not getting any attention he actually sent in letters to the local London Newspapers. He taunted the police and to ensure the attention of the newspaper, sent letters to editors – “The next job I do I shall clip the lady’s ears off and send to the police officers just for fun. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife’s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.” 

Mean while he wrote stories about murder of prostitutes from the slums of Whitechapel. The victims throat was cut prior to abdominal mutilations. These were considered to be a work of a butcher or surgeon, however, he had to just imagine and type it. He was given many names but Jack-the-Ripper caught public fancy. 

The victims that made him famous were – Mary Ann Nichols – 47 years old on August 31, Annie Chapman – 42 years old on September 8, Elizabeth Stride – 44 years old on September 30, Catharine Eddowes – 46 years old on September 30 and Mary Jane Kelly – 25 years old on November 9 in 1888. 

Similar crimes in other areas were also ascribed to him; however an investigation into a series of brutal killings in Whitechapel up to 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888, but the legend of Jack the Ripper perpetuated. 

Finally, he was famous and successful ,,,,,,, and tales of his exploits still sell. The awful power granted to him ensured that Jack the Ripper was never caught. 

English: Whitechapel, Dorset Street, Miller's ...

English: Whitechapel, Dorset Street, Miller’s Court No.13. Photograph taken the day of the murder of Mary Jane Kelly of the outside of Mary Kelly’s room (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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