Mondays Finish the Story…THE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB



‘Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River’.  Ethel, I’m not reading this trash?”

“It’s historical fiction, Cheryl. Set in the Old West.”

“Historical fiction, my ass! Look at the tv antenna on top of the house on the cover. How old is this West? Are they riding horses and robbing stagecoaches?”

“I haven’t gotten that far yet, they’re just hiding out.”

“Well, that’s what hideouts are for. When you signed us up for a book club, I thought we would be reading best sellers, not dime novels that cost $15. And you know I don’t like Westerns.”

“That’s not so, you like Clint Eastwood.”

“I love Clint Eastwood, but not because he was in Westerns.”

“Well you have to be in the book club.  Just pretend he’s Diamond Jack and read the damn book! There’s sex too, and don’t tell me you don’t like sex. You read Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

“That was historical, Ethel, no television antennas!”



Trying to make time to write some stories again and thought I’d try this group my friend E. A. Wicklund of Momus News writes with.

Here are the instructions… “Are you ready for Mondays Finish the Story challenge? This is a flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story.Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Don’t forget to use the opening sentence…Diamond Jack had his hideout next to the Rattle Snake River”.  Get creative and have fun finishing the story!”

Look here for other stories for this week’s…  MONDAYS FINISH THE STORY

Photo by Barbara Beacham

35 responses

  1. You are the only one so far to notice the TV antennae! The windows too are new…I loved your story! What a great take on the opening line! Thank you for participating and I hope that you return next week! Be well… ^..^

    1. Wow… you are fast. I just posted the story. Thank you for the warm welcome… are you Babs as in Barbara B? I’ve read Eric’s stories before and always wanted to do one. I’ve got to go read everyone else’s now.

      1. LOL! I just happen to be checking the MFtS comments and additions…I am Barb…When I was called Barbara, as a kid, I was in trouble… 😦 Happened a lot.

        I am glad that you saw the stories that Eric has written and that you were interested enough to look into my flash fiction challenge!

        We have fun! My challenge is coming up with a photo and the first line…but then, I have to write a story too! I hope that you enjoy everyone’s flash! Again, welcome to the challenge and I hope that you will join in again next week! ^..^

    2. lol. It was the windows for me. I also read too much Dwell…

      1. As soon as I saw the antenna, and I wasn’t sure that’s what it was until I got a magnifying glass, I knew I had to write a story.

  2. Interesting concept for a flash fiction group, and nicely done, Ted! I like how you pulled your own followers along for the ride by using our favorite two, old biddies. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Dawn. It’s a fun concept for a prompt. I can’t imagine Cheryl reading a book like that, can you?

      1. Mmmm…. Ted, you might be surprised what levels of interest we “older women” still have under the hood…. 😉

      2. One of these days I’m coming to find out…

  3. Wonderful to see your writing again Ted.. the flare for finding the right detail in the photo.. I’m sure he’ll like it once he comes to the sex 🙂

    1. Thanks, B! Good to be back.

  4. Hysterical. Loved it!

  5. I like your take on the prompt! I feel like I get your characters!

    1. Thank you, Emily. This was one of those that came pretty quick, at least the initial germ. I’m glad you like the girls, they go way back together.

  6. Great take on the prompt and wonderful use of dialogue to tell the story. I feel for Cheryl. 🙂

    1. She is tested at times. Thanks.

  7. My ass… hehehheheh! I do love the occasional swear! 🙂

    1. I never would have guessed that from reading your blog… probably one of the funniest travelogs on the web.

  8. Great story Ted, really enjoyed your take.

    1. Hey thanks. I thought you hit a home run with yours.

  9. I am so glad someone else saw this was a modern house! fun take and I feel like these characters have history (and future)

    1. Thanks, Kate. Those two have a lot of history, and hopefully a lot more to come.

  10. If you can’t fight them you have to join them. Just read the book! Loved your take on the first line story. I am very new.(First time I tried it. 🙂 )

  11. Ha… thanks. I’m glad I did.

  12. A brilliant take on the prompt Ted ~ The conversation is priceless ~ Well written ~ 🙂

    1. Thank you, John. It’s funny what one finds in a photo prompt.

  13. Cheryl seems to be very discerning about the type of book she will read!
    I thought book clubs were all about the drinking and the gossiping anyway 🙂

    1. I’ve never been in one, but I can imagine. Cheryl probably would have criticized Dickens.

  14. Funny story, Ted. Those ladies are friends even though they argue. That doesn’t seem to affect their friendship one bit. You caught things about that picture I couldn’t see. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne… if they stopped arguing, they probably would stop being friends.

  15. Loved the dialogue, Ted. It was so well done and very funny. Your perceptive eye came in very useful. I would never have noticed that antenna! The final reference to Lady Chatterley’s Lover and historical fiction is excellent. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I’ve always enjoyed writing them. Thanks for your last line, too.

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