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Friday Fictioneers: THE TRESPASSERS

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THE TRESPASSERS… A Drabble for FriFic

“This place looks creepy, do you think it’s safe?”
“Of course, no one’s here but us.  I think there’s an opening around the side somewhere.”
“Perry, it’s dark in here.”
“Don’t be such a baby, Rene, you still want to do it don’t you?”
“Yeah, I guess, but it’s gross in here.”
“Look there’s a mattress!”
“Yeah, that’s real romantic, along with the needles and used rubbers.”
“It’s not so bad.  Wait!  Did you hear that?”
“It snarled, like a dog. I’m scared!”
“No, more like a wolf. It’s getting close!”
“Oh Nooooo it’s… THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES!!! 
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Now, you are probably wondering about the ending of that story.  It is a followup to the story I wrote last week… INVITATION TO A RIDE… after I had received this in the mail…
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I promised a full report… I boarded the MV Chelan as requested shortly before 8 a.m.
IMG_1778 This is actually not the real ferry-boat (I forgot to take a photo), but a stand in.  The model can be seen at Seatown in Seattle.
I settled into a booth and my daughters showed up with a delicious breakfast of quiche and fresh fruit… after arriving on the mainland we readied to depart the ferry…IMG_1727 After a stop at the first of many Starbuck’s we had an exciting car wash… IMG_1729 and upon reaching Seattle, my Birthday got off to an exciting start in the make-up department at Nordstrom…IMG_1731 somehow this was a familiar theme throughout the day.  We stopped to admire the Christmas windows at Tiffany’s (designed by my friend Christopher Young in NYC)…IMG_1734 After a delicious lunch at PF Chang’s, we boarded the famous Monorail… IMG_1742 and headed for the Seattle Repertory Theater to see a matinée performance of…IMG_1745 It was an excellent production and lots of fun… IMG_1752  Checked out the Space Needle on the way back to the Monorail… IMG_1755 We went back to the Mayflower Hotel… IMG_1760  in the heart of downtown Seattle and got ready to go out to dinner at one my favorite Tom Douglas restaurants … IMG_1763 A fabulous meal of Pork Chop and Garlic Sausage followed with a nice birthday dessert… IMG_1767 A restful sleep at The Mayflower and a day of shopping finished off the Birthday Bash.
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This week’s Friday Fictioneer’s photo prompt is courtesy of Randy Mazie.  Rochelle-Wisoff Fields chose it to be this week’s inspiration for some 100 Word Flash Fiction.
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I promised my friends at the Still to finish my story of the ransom note… 

Friday Fictioneers… ROAD TRIP


Two smart-ass California kids weren’t about to wait in line to see her. Hey, that line had stretched for blocks yesterday.

Snuck onto the near deserted grounds and realized it would be pretty easy to get caught, and the security guards wore Trooper Hats.  So we made our way to the entrance, and hid between the concession stands until a crowd gathered. We mingled with and rode up on the first elevator to see her.

Looking out, there she was… Seattle.

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This is actually a true story, so a Friday Memoir instead of Fiction.  In 1962, my best friend and I left Sacramento in his 1956 powder blue Thunderbird to see the Seattle Worlds Fair.  Two 18 year old kids on their first Road Trip.  We stayed with his cousins in Seattle and went to the fair every day.  The line to go up the Space Needle was worse than Disneyland and took hours.  We did hop the fence one morning and joining a group of suits, we went up on the first elevator of the day… which included the Governor of Washington. (True Story)  The fair hadn’t even opened and the dignitaries probably thought we were someone’s kids.  That was a fun road trip.

Last year I went up the Space Needle again… first time in 50 years.  I don’t remember what it looked like then (I don’t think we were too impressed)… now, it is a sight worth seeing.  And the souvenir  shop in the base of the Needle is the best gift shop I’ve ever been forced to exit through.  I bought some glasses…  

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This edition of Friday Fictioneers is somewhat special for me. I took the picture used as this week’s Photo Prompt.  I didn’t know that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields was going to use it… but then I did tell her she could use any of my photos, and gave her the link to my PhotoLog… Oh, here it is, btw… TedBook’s Daily Pics.

To read some great stories by talented writers based on the Sunglasses Booth, go to…   

To join us and write your 100 Words, go to the Friday Fictioneers blog  and visit…  Rochelle…

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