Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 8th of September – It’s Not Real

If it is Sunday then it is time for Alastair’s Photo Fiction Prompt.  Using between 100 and 200 words you spin a story out of the supplied photo. While you will feel justified to use the 1000 words the photo suggests, you must be strong and deny the urge. Alastair always gives us a great photo from which the words flow so easily.



“What keeps them from falling through? Macy asked.

“It’s not real,” Gracie grumbled. She was hungry, like always. Carrie could always tell when her tallest triplet was hungry because she began to declare her opinion.

“It doesn’t look like the clouds we saw from the plane,” Stacie chimed in.

“It’s not real,” Gracie repeated.

Carrie knew it was time to find the food court, but her girls seemed fascinated by this display.

“Look there is wires holding it up. I did not see any from the plane,” Stacie said. “We would have run into them, right Mommy?”

“Yes honey,” Carrie replied.

“Read my lips, it is NOT real!” Gracie said even louder.

“You don’t know everything,” Macy replied. I think it would be fun to stand on a cloud and look around.”

“I wonder how we could do that?” Stacie said.

Gracie drew in a deep breath, signaling she was about to erupt. She didn’t get the chance, because before she could a deafening clap of thunder reverberated through the room. All three girls scrambled for their mother as their eyes went wide.

“It’s not real,” their mother said with a smile. 



I want to point you flash fiction writers to another options. It is Flash in the Pan, where you right short fiction 50-150 words respectively to words chosen and posted each week. Of the total submitted, 250 responses will be collected and published by Redmund Productions. You can check the details at the following link: Flash in the Pan.

About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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11 Responses to Alastair’s Photo Fiction – 8th of September – It’s Not Real

  1. RoSy says:

    LOL – I would be so like Gracie!

  2. misskzebra says:

    Does Gracie know she isn’t real? That she’s just a figment of Joe’s imagination?

    • Joe Owens says:

      Shhhh. Do you want the poor child to have to have counseling? Actually she is one of the characters, along with her siblings and mother, from my first fiction novel. I hope to begin shopping it later this fall.

  3. Everything is real, everything is imaginary.
    Great story.

  4. There always seems to be a skeptic in any crowd. Great story.

  5. It’s not real until it is, then who knows? 🙂

  6. high five and raspberries says:

    Are you sure it’s not real???

  7. Alastair says:

    It’s not real 😉

    Excellent story Joe.

    Hmmm, I thought I was already following your blog. I am now

  8. summerstommy2 says:

    Good one Joe. Of course it wasn’t real, was it?

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