All is not Lost

Friday Fictioneer!

Every week, we get a chance to write a 100-word story about the photo prompt shared by Rochelle. This week, the photo is provided by Rochelle herself. Check more takes on the prompt why clicking here.

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He put it all in one corner. Trying to keep all of them in front of his eyes as if they’ll run away if he didn’t. His prized possessions.

He clapped twice. Nothing. Snapped his finger once. Nothing.

The reality sunk in. He’ll never be able to hear himself play again. The accident took everything from him. His music. His escape.

He sat down on the floor and picked up his guitar. Tears were streaming down his eyes.

But then, he struck the chord. The vibrations from the guitar reached every bone of his body. For now, he’ll live.


(99 Words)

The Outsider by Stephen King – Review

CaptureSupernatural thrillers are my favourite. They have the feel of a proper whodunit with a large scale possibility to turn in around with a ghost, demon, angel etc. This kind of surprise element is almost always welcome by readers. But Stephen King’s fans are always on the lookout for it. Those who are familiar with his Bill Hodges Trilogy knows how elusive those first few chapters can be. It throws you completely off track of what will happen next and this adds to the effectiveness of the ending when it hits you. Also, the characters are made to be fall in love with. If you’ve read this trilogy, you can’t say you don’t just love Holly Gibney. So, for Holly’s fans, King has brought us a surprise package with his new novel, The Outsider.

The Outsider is about a heinous crime which shook the small town of Flint City. The case became more mind-boggling when it was found that the suspect has an airtight alibi. Now, detective Ralph Anderson has to find the actual killer whose victims, it seems, are not limited to the boy who was killed. It’s not a one-man job and thus, non-other than Holly Gibney herself will be joining him. The stakes are higher than they were ever before.

It kind of seems like a sequel to The End of Watch (Book #3 of Bill Hodges Trilogy). Mostly because Holly played such a big part in it. This doesn’t mean you put this back as you’re in no mood to go through 3 other books. The Outsider is a strong independent novel which takes a little time to take off, but then you can’t get enough. The initial few chapters are a little overdrawn with too many characters and very less momentum. It picks up right after we get a little hint of the supernatural. Its like we can see how comfortable King is with this kind of a plot. The main characters, the one involved with the crime or the case, the accused and their family are memorable. They make a pretty good team and are easily capable to be brought back for a sequel. One thing which nag me a little is how much the story depends on Holly’s involvement. It felt like the protagonists, which is clearly Ralph Anderson, is pushed back to the backseat. Many a times he is just a spectator. Nevertheless, it seems alright as its Holly who we adore.

The second half of the novel is when it picks up the pace. The killer/entity is intriguing. Best thing is, it has a legend attached to it which brings it as close as it can get to being authentic. I would definitely check all about it just to make perfectly sure that it’s not real, as it was creepy as hell.

The ending did not give any indication of a sequel lined up. But we can’t be so sure with King. He might come up with one when we least expect it. I know I will be waiting eagerly. Ralph’s journey can go so many different ways. As we know, there is no end to the universe.


 

Clearly, He’s Done This Before

Friday Fictioneer!

Every week, we get a chance to write a 100-word story about the photo prompt shared by Rochelle. This week, the photo is provided by Roger Bultot. Check more takes on the prompt why clicking here.

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She smiled at me. I smiled back. She seemed shy, totally my type. She was alone too. There were so many roaming around but my eyes were fixated on her.

I walked towards her. We came face to face behind a pillar. She said she’s called Sharon. I told her she has something on her nose. I offered my handkerchief which she took. I forced my hand on her nose.

It didn’t take long for the chloroform to do the job.

She fell in my arms. I shouted, “Help! My wife fainted. Can someone help take her to my car?”


(100 words)

No Matter What! Stealing is Bad!

Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers!

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yarnspinner!

For more takes on the prompt, click here.

Something is wrong. They’re not letting me board the flight. I see it. It’s right there! All the other passengers have boarded, one of my friends too. Is it because I was late? It was just 10 minutes! I asked an employee but he was so nervous he couldn’t answer properly. He said there is some maintenance issue, we’ll let you know but till then stay here.

Oh my god! They know! Their camera must’ve caught me stealing that book from the bookstore. It was $45.99! For a book!

Now what?

An Indigo ground staff employee is coming towards me. What should I do! And why they’re not flying? Obviously, they are not going to let me on board, a thief. Oh! What have I done?

“I’m sorry ma’am. You cannot board this flight.”

“umm… Okay.”

“Actually, we got some Intel that some terrorists are on the flight. When we confronted them, they took out their guns which they’ve hidden on the plane itself. The plane has been hijacked.”


(167 Words)

Thelma by Joachim Trier – Review

Ones life choices are affected by a number of factors around us. One such factor is society and their customs. Religion is one such factor which defines many aspects of our behavior. Some type of behavior might be prohibited by certain religions. They proclaim it to be sinful desires. One can easily get behind it and choose between either the religion or the desire. But what happens with those who struggle with it as they don’t want to believe themselves that they have similar desires.

Thelma is the story of a young Christian girl struggling with the fact that she has a crush on a female student. Her life is made even more complicated when she discovers she has psychokinetic powers which create unexplained disturbances whenever she goes out of her comfort zone.

I was eagerly waiting for this movie. The premise seemed interesting and the Joachim Trier’s direction is refreshing. I loved Louder Than Bombs and Oslo, August 31st. It is evident that he knows how to portray complex emotions. In all his movies, the emotional upheaval always takes center stage. Similarly in Thelma, in disguise of her uncontrollable powers, we see how difficult it becomes for someone to suppress forbidden feelings. It’s like trying to hold a ticking bomb down instead of diffusing it, hoping it won’t blow. Because of it being a spiraling emotional roller coaster ride, the film gets darker by the minute. At one moment your happy, and then suddenly something happens which makes you sad, even scared in case of some scenes.

The movie is visually gorgeous. It’s intense theme is well supported a cinematography which is like a psychedelic dream.

There are plenty of reasons to watch Thelma. Whether you find flaws in the acting, the story, the direction, you will end up with a unique experience which you won’t regret having.

6 Feet Under

Friday Fictioneers!

Every week, we get a chance to write a 100-word story about the photo prompt shared by Rochelle. This week, it seems that we have a photo taken from her own collection. Check more takes on the prompt why clicking here.

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Old Rick wanted the farm to be ready for sowing by next month. He always wanted a small vegetable farm. When this guy was willing to give his for a steal, Rick grabbed the opportunity. So what if the guy seemed a little shady, who doesn’t have a few skeletons in their closet!

Rick called the police and told them what he found when he dug the ground. Apparently, that guy did not believe in putting the skeletons in closets. After the call, Rick started crying. 20 years ago, his teenage son was last seen playing around this farm.


(98 words)

Bad Luck

Friday Fictioneers!

Every week, we get a chance to write a 100-word story about the photo prompt shared by Rochelle. This week, it seems that we have a photo taken from her own collection. Check more takes on the prompt why clicking here.

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“I’m asking for the last time! Where the hell did you get this plant from, Jim!”

Jim used to go for walks in the forest nearby. One such day, he found which looked like a meteor fallen on the ground. A small plant was casually growing on it. He brought the plant home, put it in the glass bowl and proclaimed that it’ll bring luck.

Now, they are being suffocated by the branches of the same plant which seems to have covered up everything in the house.

“I told you, honey! You were watering it too much!”


(98 words)

Cargo – Martin Freeman’s One Man Show (Review)

We are expected to live in the society in a certain way. Living in a family, we are expected to set aside some of our wishes to fulfill those of people around us. Before we die, we try to gather as much resources for our family for them to live with ease. We make sure that people dear to our heart are taken care of. But what if the world is not what it is now and society as we know it doesn’t exist? What would you do if even all of your efforts combined cannot ensure the safety of your family after you die? In a world infected with a virus that turns people into flesh eating zombies, what are you willing to risk so that your children won’t have to?

These are the kind of questions Cargo answers. It’s a race against time for an infected father who is desperately trying to find a safe home for his infant daughter to live after he’s gone. On his way, he meets a variety of people whom he assesses to be his daughter’s guardian. Cargo is not your run on the mill zombie flick. It dwells with the humanities part of it – loosing empathy towards others, taking advantage of others who need your help, helplessly watching your loved ones dying, constant fear for your children etc. Cargo takes its time to conjure up an emotional climax enough to make your heart heavy. Some might call it slow, I’ll call it a necessary build up.

I’ve never seen Martin Freeman in a leading role before this. He mostly plays the clumsy friend or uptight English gentlemen who needs being saved from something or the other. Here, he is the star and his character is the movie. He proved he can singlehandedly carry an emotionally charged movie on his shoulders, that too with ease. All this with the harsh, arid landscape of Australia and the tribal music which is eerie and magnificent at the same time, the movie becomes a real treat.

Instead of creating high budget low rating movies like Mute, The Outsider and The Cloverfield Paradox, Netflix should come up with more of movies like this and I Don’t Feel Like Home in This World Anymore and promote them instead. Now that it clearly looks like the new season of 13 Reasons Why is not as taut as the first one, Cargo seems like a better alternative for one of your lazy evenings.


 

Dawki

DailyPost Weekly Photo Prompt: Liquid

Where the crystal clear Umngot river flows: Dawki, Meghalaya

Unconditional Love

Friday Fictioneers!

This week’s photo prompt is submitted by Courtney Wright! 

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My daughter was standing at the front door with duct tape in her hands. As soon as I entered and saw her, I couldn’t help but sob. She must’ve overheard the conversation I had with her mother the other day about how my shoes are ruined and the thumb sticks out. I don’t know how my 7-year-old daughter understands that I cannot buy new shoes. We sat down and fixed my shoes together with the tape. When it was done, she gave me a smile and said she loved me.

I’ll work harder now. My little princess deserves better.


(99 words)