The Bar

Photo copyright: Jade Wong

Photo copyright: Jade M. Wong.

The decor was certainly unusual, but that was how Chloe wanted it, so Sam said nothing, as long as he had his piano he was happy. Anyway the customers kept coming as did the drinks, an array of green cocktails stretched along the top of the piano. Each one held some strange concoction of plant life and a good measure of gin that Chloe had dreamed up.

Sam was expected to try them all, some days he did, usually when he wanted to forget something bad. But today he was watching, watching a beautiful dame. As Chloe spiked her drink, Sam smiled.

Michael Humphris.

Sorry about the screen shot of Jades photo: I am having difficulties saving the prompt photo. I will update my screen shot of Jades interesting photo as soon as I am able to.

Each week on the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers web site, a new and quite different photo challenges writers to come up with a story in under one hundred and fifty words. Thank you PJ for managing this site and thank you Jade for the unusual photo. At first I did not think that this weeks photo would engage my creative juices. How wrong I was. For better or worse here is my response to this weeks prompt.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Nice take Michael, it certainly is a prompt that will give some very different responses. Enjoyed yours, hope it works out for Chloe and Sam – I can picture the bar scene, like a modern version of ‘Casablanca.’

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, I am glad that Casablanca came across, as I was attempting to write a modern version of the play it again scene, with an evil twist.

  2. neelwritesblog

    Very interesting attempt, Michael. Liked that.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Neel

  3. Lynn Love

    Well, that’s truly sinister! What are they planning to do with tht poor girl? Actually, I don’t want to know. A creepily effective story Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Neither do I Lynn, your comment was spot on. Thank you. Mike

  4. angietrafford

    That’s a very nice take on the prompt. I really enjoyed reading that one 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that you enjoyed reading the story. There are so many varied and interesting stories posted. Thank you Angie,

  5. athling2001

    Great take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is kind. I loved how you saw – a white bat – in the prompt photo. I really struggled to see anything but colour and light which took me to decoration and then a bar.

  6. Priceless Joy

    Great story, Mike! Seems Sam has his eye on Chloe. I wonder why? LOL! I had another person write to me and tell me they were having trouble copying the photo prompt. So, you using a screen shot is fine.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you PJ. Chloe is really in charge and is dangerous. Sam is controlled by her, deep down he is not happy.

      1. Priceless Joy

        Great story, Mike! Thank you for explaining to me.

  7. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    Spiked gin drinks …. set me up. LOL
    Nice take on thre prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Isadora I think Sam is being set up to.

  8. Jade M. Wong

    Inspiration does come from curious places. Great story! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jade. That’s true about inspiration.

  9. Grant-Sud

    Nice story with crystal clear imagery. Your descriptions are mint!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, Mike

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