Sunday Photo Fiction – There’s A Dragon on my Bedpost!

Photo Prompt for This weeks Writer’s Challenge:

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photograph © Alastair Forbes

My Entry:

Dragon On My Bed Post

Briefly opening my eyes, I rolled over on my side and considered staying in bed longer. After all it was Sunday.  Dozing off, I heard a loud cough and a caustic voice which had me reopening my eyes and sitting up in bed with pounding heart.

“Would you mind, terribly, waking up, I’m getting bored sitting here.” The creature attached to the voice said.

There at the foot of my bed, sitting atop one of the bedposts was a miniature dragon, a surly look on his face.

I stared, rubbed my eyes and stared again.

“Yeah, yeah, I’m real.” He responded to my obvious expression of disbelief.

“Um, you’re a dragon.” I said incredulously.

“He speaks and has some intelligence,” was the dragons reply.

“Wh … what are you doing here … are you real?” I asked.

“Hmm, I spoke too soon,” the dragon added. “Yes I-am-real, you’re talking to me aren’t you? And I’m here doing penance for something I shouldn’t have done, so I have to stay with a human for twenty four hours. My punishment.”

“Staying with me is a punishment?” I asked.

“You have no idea,” he said. A great deal of derision in his voice.

“Why me?” I asked.

“Why not?” He answered with a smirk.

“Why Earth, then?” I said, continuing to ask what I thought were fair questions upon finding a dragon in your bedroom.

“Because this is the worst place the Committee for Criminal Offenses could come up with on short notice.”

“Earth the worst place, ah, come on now,”  I said, preparing to defend my home planet.

“Gee let me see …” He held up one of his claws and ticked off each point he made. “Well, you not only kill each other out of hatred and greed, but you consume far more than you should and are systematically killing off other life forms on your planet and…”

“Okay, okay,” I sighed. “You’ve made you’re point.” Changing the subject I said, “So you have to stay here for 24 hours?”

“Yeah, 24 lousy hours. Say you don’t happen to have a cigarette on you … well not on you but… do you smoke?” He asked, looking hopefully around the room.

“No, you can get lung cancer from smoking,” I answered.

“Dragons can’t.”

“Oh okay, and no I don’t have any cigarettes. So why are you in trouble?”

“For smoking.” He replied.

“That’s a criminal offense?” I said.

“Yeah, just one cig. and my fire breathing capabilities go out the window. I become useless in the defense of my lair, not enough flame left to even light a cigarette.”

“Well I can see where that would be bad. So do you have a name?” I asked.

“Yes, yes I have a name. You have a name don’t you? Of course I have a name!” He was back to being rude and surly again.

“I’m called Puff, I’m Puff the magic dragon and don’t say a word about that stupid song. I’m still living that one down … frolicking? FROLICKING? Dragons don’t friggin’ frolick.”

He let out an irritated sound with a blast of steam and said, “The next time I sneak a smoke …” He paused but I could see he was really worked up so I kept my silence as he finished with …“I’ll make gosh darn sure no one can see me. Oh, just go back to sleep.”

“Earthlings!” He muttered, sticking his head under his wing, steam seeping out.

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Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed,

~ Penny

To have a Post or not to have a Post … that is the question!

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“Hey Joe, that’s my post (post – get it all you bloggers, lol)!

“Well excuussseee me! I don’t see your name on it, Dave!”

(Stay tuned to see how this plays out. Will Dave be able to keep his post? Or will Joe hang on to the post he now considers his own. Actually they both see a cute chick and leave in just a little while to see where she’s heading – so having a post becomes a moot point!)

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Just a little humor here, hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

~ Penny

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Hey, who took my glass half full …

… and replaced it with one half empty!

 

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Glass Half Empty

I’m simply not sure how it happened
It was there for all who could see,
But now it has changed
things all rearranged
My glass is half empty to me.

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I’ve always seen things from the plus side
A most agreeable place one can be
But now alas
I view all I lack
And wonder what next I will see.

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I’m hoping it soon will be half full
The glass that so fills with delight
But right now I despair
It just isn’t there
Completely gone from my sight

~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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Even during the times when it seems as if things are more than you can handle, hang in there. During adversity there will be others who care, showing up to make the difference, if you let them.

Keep your heart open, your courage strong, and your faith undiminished. Know this too shall pass. Be good to others and take care of you. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you may not be there for the ones who need you!

With great affection,

~ Penny

Sunday Photo Fiction: Ancient Alien Theory Proven at Last!

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photo by Alastair Forbes

…breaking news …. Ancient Alien Theory … proven at last! More news to follow.”

POPULAR TELEVISION SERIES – We regret to inform you that this will be the final “Ancient Aliens” episode. It is with much sorrow that we play for you the final filming of this show.

(View shown in background is that of newly discovered ancient ruins.)

The narrator’s voice begins, as persuasive as always. “But perhaps humans didn’t construct these ancient walls. What if celestial beings from outer space were, in fact … responsible.”

Giorgio Tsoukalos, popular host of the television series “In Search of Aliens” is shown bent over digging into the ruins of this new archaeological find. “This is simply amazing. What if we’ve finally uncovered the evidence of ancient alien involvement, at last. Erich, I am so excited.”

“It is as I always suggested,” said Erich von Daniken, author of the widely acclaimed, worldwide best selling book Chariots of the Gods. “There can now be no question. We have been visited by aliens. Here is indisputable proof.”

A pause in the conversation and then …

,,,Um Erich, I’m stuck here … I mean actually physically (his voice raises) … STUCK HERE. The rocks are sticking to me and those monoliths are edging closer and you, well you look as if you’re sinking into the top of the stone wall.”

“This is possible”, Erich replied, continuing to sink. “I always knew they had a method of melting the rock. This is so fascinating.”

“Erich, could we discuss these theories after we extricate ourselves, I’m getting a little worried here.”

“It is not to worry Giorgio, my friend.” Erich looks encouragingly at his long time associate before continuing:

“They must have had a way to remove themselves from the rock or we would be finding their own bones … no wait … here are some bones now.  And look at the shape of the skull, it appears to be elongated. And here’s another bedded down even deeper into the wall. Even more proof! Eric’s final words are ones of jubilation, “ … at last … I am so happy to be vindicated.” 

Giorgio’s final words bearly understood, “and I am so dead!”

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Well this story was just a ton of fun to write (based on the photograph by Alastair Forbes, host of Sunday Photo Fiction) and much longer than it should have been. Just couldn’t help myself. For more great stories or to add one yourself, visit Alastair at Sunday Photo Fiction

Hope your week has started off well for you,

~ Penny

Sunday Photo Fiction …But Mommy it was just one small bite!

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The Dragon, photo by Alistair Forbes, 2014

Herbert the Dragon’s Lesson in Life

“Honestly, I don’t know what the big deal is?” The little dragon said, crouched in the most submissive position he could think of. The last thing he needed right now was to tick his mom off even more.

“We ALWAYS play nice with humans, Herbert.” His mom said sternly.

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Mommy Dragon

“But it was just one little bite,” Herbert whined. “I don’t know why I have to be grounded on account of a stupid bite.”

His mother sighed. “You’ll learn little one. One bite leads to another and before you know it, humans begin to taste good. And then your addicted. One is not ever enough!”

“Well this human didn’t taste good at all!” He said with a disgusted look.

“Good, because eating humans is not a smart thing. The fatty cholesterol in their body clogs our pores and you can get very sick. Haven’t you ever wondered where the rest of the dragons went?”

Since Herbert had been curious about what had happened to most of his species he nodded.

“They got sick and died from humanitis, so avoid them if you can, but if you do decide to play with more humans, for goodness sake … no biting!

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Thanks to Alistair for providing this great photo of a dragon. I immediately knew where I wanted to go with the short story line. Click on the link below or check out more great flash fiction at Sunday Photo Fiction. Or even better – write one yourself. Excellent creative fun. Come on, join in. 

Hoping your week has started off well.

With affection, Penny

Rock Humor – You gotta’ love it!

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Rock Humor – To be taken with a grain of sand!

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First Rock: “Hey, you’re gonna love this one!”

Second Rock: “I doubt that very much but go ahead I’ll humor you!”

First Rock: “What did one human say to the other human?”

Second Rock: “And I’m supposed to be interested in this … why?”

First Rock: “No, trust me, you’re going to laugh out loud. You know those humans…”

Second Rock: “Not particularly well nor do I wish to.”

First Rock: “Seriously, this is to die for … it’s so funny!”

Second Rock: “Okay, okay, so whats the joke?”

First Rock: “What did one human say to the other human?”

Second Rock, “Ah… we’re talking about human beings here – they don’t communicate with each other!”

First Rock: “Oh … you’ve heard that one!”

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Hope it’s good for a few laughs and that your weekend has been a good one for you!

~ Penny,

(Hi, this was first posted a year and a half ago – but I wanted to share something fun and funny with your guys! – Hope you enjoyed!)

“My Portions Are Magnificent!”

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As most of my friends and blog followers know I have two ‘substantial in size’ cats. They are “my guys” I have had them with me since they were 5 weeks old. They are now almost 7 years old. And as I say they are substantial.

Franky and Jonny

Both Franky and Jonny are gental and gracious, easy going (unless cornered) and pose in a manner that lends itself to great beauty. So I was most astonished, the other evening, when I came upon them where the light was rather dim, to find them in disagreement with each other.

As the lighting is bad the two photos are blurry but here is Jonny who is distinctly portlier than Franky and he is definitely taking exception to Franky, who off-camera appeared to be smirking at him. Truly, Jonny is in a most unattractive, undignified pose. (although if you look in the first picture at the top you’ll notice Jonny has always liked to sit in that pose, LOL)

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Jonny showing his, um muscular physique.

and the second blurry photo is Jonny pointing out to Franky that he is not a chub!

Franky giving Jonny the word.

“I am not chubby, My portions are magnificent … is that clear?”

In a little while all was made up and the evening ended amicably between the two.

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Animals are amazing and I love them all. I hope you enjoyed my playful take on my two favorite felines.

I hope all are have a good week and taken a little time out for fun!

With Affection,

~ Penny