Flash Fiction #264

PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz


The air in Oklahoma is too dry, the wife said.  It’s like living in a clothes dryer, especially when a tornado puts you on spin cycle.  We can work from home anywhere.  Let’s move to Maine – Acadia National Park, gorgeous scenery, moist sea-breezes.

Then, along comes a Big Bad Wolf hurricane.  It huffed, and it puffed, and…. we used to have a house right there.  It’s alright.  It left us another – an assemble-it-yourself log cabin.  I hope all the parts are pre-numbered.  We need to assemble it soon.  That buzzard is looking hungry.  Be careful what you wish for.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story..

23 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #264

  1. Rivergirl says:

    Blasphemy! That buzzard is a bald eagle. Please leave Maine immediately.


  2. tony jones says:

    Hey oldman how is everything going with you hope all is well at the smith castle one day maybe we could go for a tea coffee

    Sent from my iPad


    • Archon's Den says:

      Sounds like a great idea! How soon would you like to do it? Wait for COVID to die a bit more – or right away? I have to vote on Monday, but I’m free any afternoon this coming week. 😀


  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    Magazines offer advice sometimes on the “best” places to live or retire. My take is that there is no best place, they all have good and bad points. We lived in Hawaii for 3 years when I was in the Navy. You might think that was ideal but the truth is that the climate can get boring and the island can feel cramped. Circling Oahu is a trip of about 60 miles and there’s not much variety to it. As for attractions, if you’ve seen them once you are pretty much done with them. Perhaps the most important qualities are crime rates, crowding, traffic and cost-of-living. And weather of course. Don’t go to Houston to live.

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  4. goroyboy says:

    In “the spin cycle” Love it!


    • Archon's Den says:

      I read a book once, “The Gods Hate Kansas” – among other things…. tornado alley. I launched this Ark from Oklahoma – actually, a tornado blew me there. I passed Dorothy, wearing her ruby slippers, listening to ‘Dust In The Wind.’ 😉 🙂


  5. trishsplace says:

    Excellent dry humour and twist. Good one.


  6. Bear says:

    If you build on the flood plain… just sayin’. Great story.


    • Archon's Den says:

      There are fools people like that around here, who insist on living without flood insurance in houses with no basements, on the river flood-plain. There’s gorgeous scenery when it’s dry, but every 5 years or so, the spring crest is higher than usual, and they have to discard thousands of dollars of food, clothing, books, electronics – rebuild a garage or toolshed. 😯

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  7. My family is from Maine, although I prefer the coast to the inland regions.


  8. michael1148humphris says:

    Maine or Yorkshire, home is where the heart is


  9. msjadeli says:

    The grass is always greener, or the wind is always calmer, or …. whatever 🙂 Fun story even though disastrous.


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