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Here and There and Back Again

Here is my contribution for Mondays Finish the Story, hosted each week by Barbara Beacham. The goal is to write 100-150 words in response to both a photo and an opening sentence.

Of course, me being me, I wrote a story but forgot about the opening sentence. And there was no way to alter what I’d written to make it fit. So in disgust with myself I spent 15 minutes speed-writing another story. Never have I typed so fast. Maybe I’ll post the other one separately in a day or so.

Click on the blue froggy for the link-up. The opening sentence appears in bold in my story under the photo.


Copyright Barbara Beacham


Little did they know when the photographer took their picture that they would find themselves trapped in a painting. It came as quite a surprise to the photographer as well. Still, this “camera” thingy hadn’t been around very long. Perhaps this was supposed to happen? He wished now that he’d read the manual but, as his father had always said, “Real men don’t read the instructions.”

For years he struggled to find a way to release the little band of players. Their desperate faces as the years went by haunted his dreams. He pushed this button, he pressed that lever. All for naught.

Then it struck him. Opening the camera, he reversed the mirrors and activated the shutter. With a flash of light, the band was free! In celebration they began to play a jaunty tune.

The photographer covered his ears. What a racket! Quickly he reconfigured the camera and pressed the shutter, once more imprisoning them in the painting, never again to pollute the world with their annoying “oom-pah” parping.

  1. February 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    That would be SO convenient. I want that camera!!


  2. Lyn
    February 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    You never disappoint, D-man Oooh, imagine the fun you could have with that camera if certain politicians were in the vicinity 😀 Better still, imagine if you took photos of food, or schools, or homes, or hospitals and then reverse the mirrors…


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

      I could have fun moving all sorts of things around the place! I don’t think there would be any need to let the politicians out, though 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. February 17, 2015 at 2:36 am

    What a wonderful tale! Where do I get your camera? Well done again my dear! Thanks for participating and see you next week? Hope so! Be well… ^..^


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Every one wants a go with my camera. I’ll have to rent it out!
      I’m glad you liked my tall tale 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. gentlestitches
    February 17, 2015 at 5:35 am

    You would make a fortune selling this to parents. 😉


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

      “Eat all your vegetables or it’s back in the painting with you!”
      “Aw, Mum…”

      Liked by 1 person

  5. February 17, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Cool! Nice hearing the photographer’s side of the story 😀


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:41 am

      I thought it might make a nice change, though I haven’t had time to read any of the other stories yet (since I had to write this one twice, stupid me!).
      Glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. latasun
    February 17, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Thats a good one.. a camera to capture people.. good idea.


  7. February 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

    For a spur-of-the-moment story, that was great, Ali. I tend to agree with the photographer’s decision to put them back. 🙂 That camera would make a great secret weapon or device for 007. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • February 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      It would be ideal for capturing the evil geniuses and letting them out again in a cell 🙂


  8. February 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I can imagine the expression on the photographers face. Nicely done.


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      His initial surprise, his desperation through the years, his elation at rescuing them, his horror at the racket – it’s all there!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. February 17, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Wish I had the same power to employ against the boom box blaring car beside me.



  10. February 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    A fortune awaits the inventor of such a useful piece of equipment~ I count about six sales above~ As brilliant as ever Ali ~ Well written ~ 🙂


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      I’ll have to get my thinking cap on. Fame and fortune await!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  11. February 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I like the humor in this one–even though I feel bad for the band. : )


    • February 17, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Don’t feel too bad, they were pretty rubbish 🙂


  12. February 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Great story! I laughed out loud at the ending – all that time trying to get them out just to photograph them again! Brilliant. 🙂


    • February 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

      I expect he was pretty miffed spending all those years trying to free them 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. February 18, 2015 at 12:53 am

    This is your book, now you need a few characters and away you fly.

    It would be interesting to read about one man with what type of character traits handles the camera or is the camera handled by more than one person?

    Blood and gore?


    • February 18, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Yes, maybe the camera has been passed down in one form or another through the ages. Perhaps a demon is behind it all?


  14. February 18, 2015 at 4:44 am

    So for years he felt all the guilt for nothing! LOL! I really enjoyed your story.


  15. February 19, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, the other side! And funny, too. Poor photographer, wasting so much time on freeing them. Nice take on the prompt, and more than respectable for 15 minutes!


    • February 19, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Yeah, I feel a bit sorry for him 🙂 Maybe he should have paid more attention to their music when he first took their photo.
      I’m glad you liked it!


  16. February 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Nice! I love the solution for reversing the effect. It’s too funny that he immediately put them back. Fun story!


    • February 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

      After hearing them play, he felt he had little choice 🙂


  17. February 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Ha! Where can I buy one! Had to smile and the men and instructions quote 😉


    • February 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Have you ever known a man to read the instructions? 🙂


      • February 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

        If I’m perfectly honest, no! My husband certainly doesn’t – he tells me that’s part of the fun 🙂


  18. March 8, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Well done! Expertly creative…. and scientifically sound? Enjoyed!


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