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MTFS – What Could It Be?

Here is my contribution to Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. We get a photo, 150 words and an opening sentence, which is in bold in my story.

This week’s other stories can be found by clicking the blue froggy.

I have no idea what this photo is. Maybe the DraliFiction team have an idea? Let’s listen in…

Copyright B.W. Beacham

Copyright B.W. Beacham


“I see absolutely everything.”

“Well, I see absolutely nothing. What the hell is it?”

“Dunno. Could be a lizard, maybe? Or a fish?”

“Hmm, let’s see. A fishy story. Let’s brainstorm some titles. ‘Close Encounters of the Fishy Kind’.”

“’Rebel without a fish’.”

“’Live and Let Fish’.”

“Ha ha!”

“Ha ha! Or maybe it’s an alien?”

“What, like, ‘insert-name-here’ sneaks across the border, and pursued by police his only chance to survive is…”

“A space alien, dumbass.”

“I seriously doubt our Babs got an actual photo of an actual space alien. We would’ve heard. There would’ve been news stories, failed attempts to communicate, exploding cities, the last vestiges of humanity struggling to survive in a broken world and whatnot.”

“So we’re back to ‘fish’, then?”

“’Spose so. Typing fingers on standby? This is gonna be epic.”

“Ready to go! Bring on the epic.”

“Righty-ho… ‘Once upon a time there was a fish named Pete’…”

“Awesome opening, mate!”


  1. August 17, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    ha ha fish it is! Clever take! 🙂


  2. August 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Hey, no one got killed or splattered. I liked it anyway.
    I agree with the above, cute and cleaver.


  3. August 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I chose fish, and wrote my piece around it. Lots of folks see a dog though? Don”t know how, but hey to each his own. 🙂 Enjoyed your piece! I’m sure when Barbara shares with us the true beast, we’ll all be surprised!


    • August 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      A lizard, maybe. I don’t see a dog. I hope we do find out what it is! If we don’t we’ll all have to get a petition together to get to the truth.


  4. August 17, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Haha loved this hilarious take.


  5. August 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    LOL’s I really love the puns! Great story.


    • August 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  6. August 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Best take on this perculiar prompt. Love the humor in it.


    • August 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Thanks! I thought if I didn’t know what it was, that’s what I’d write 🙂


  7. August 17, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    LOL Ali! How did you know? About the fish that is? Be well and thanks for another excellent story…. ^..^


    • August 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

      You mean it really is a fish? It’s a strange one (or a strange angle!).


      • August 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        Kidding…it is a knot in a tree and I rotated the photo… 🙂


        • August 23, 2015 at 6:07 am

          Ah, some people did guess at “knot in a tree”. That never even occurred to me but I see it now 🙂


          • August 25, 2015 at 12:50 am

            The tree is a Madrone. 🙂


            • August 25, 2015 at 6:44 am

              Never heard of it, but I looked it up. Nice looking tree!


  8. August 17, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Great story! You chose fish and now I believe you are right! (Even before I read Barb’s comment). After all, she is the Salmon Fishing Queen! LOL


  9. Graham Lawrence
    August 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Clever and amusing take!


  10. August 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    So clever!! Love this… delightful dialogue!!!


  11. August 18, 2015 at 1:35 am

    It’s the eye of the giant squid, the ancient Kraken and it’s come to EAT YOU! Just saying.


  12. Susan Langer
    August 18, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Such a sense of humor. Loved the conversation about choosing a title. LOL. 🙂


  13. gentlestitches
    August 18, 2015 at 2:43 am

    A fish called Pete! Who knows what he will get up to?


  14. August 18, 2015 at 2:43 am

    The first thing I thought of when I saw that pic was Barnes and Barnes’ video for “Fish Heads”, so I agree, it’s a fish!


    • August 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

      The “fishes” have it by the looks of it. A fish by popular demand.


  15. August 18, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Oh you did this so smartly! Great way of incorporating this picture of god knows what into a story… Niftily done! 🙂


    • August 18, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thanks! I even zoomed in on it and still wasn’t sure what it was! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  16. August 18, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like the process you really went through with that picture and sentence. That’s an odd one, kind of creepy. It looks like leaves on top, so maybe it’s one of those strange walking fish. Well done, Ali.


    • August 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

      That’s exactly what happened in my head! It does look like leaves which is why I thought maybe it’s a lizard instead.


  17. Lata Sunil
    August 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

    hahaha you got Babs also as a character. Loved it.


  18. Lyn
    August 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Quirky and enjoyable. When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was the limb of a tree or perhaps its trunk with a knot in the wood that looks like an eye — one that someone has painted blue.


    • August 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      That could be it as well! Quite an intriguing photo this week. Glad you liked my story!


  19. August 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This is great and made me smile, loved the humour.


    • August 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! When in doubt, I always fall back on humorous dialogue 🙂


  20. August 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I thought all fish were named Pete?


    • August 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Mostly. There’s one called Dave at the far end of the pond, but we don’t talk to him.


  21. August 19, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Or a fish named Wanda!



    • August 19, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I was going to pop that in and then have “that’s been done” but didn’t have enough words 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  22. August 19, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Wonderful! You had me hooked from the first ~ “Look into my eyes” ~ Clever bait this week Ali 🙂


  23. August 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    A very clever take on the prompt, Ali! You never know, all those stories that Babs has written about alien abductions could be based on real events and it could be a picture of one of her aliens! 🙂


    • August 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

      In a flash of light I could be serving drinks aboard their spaceship!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  24. August 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    If it is a fish, it is a fishy one, indeed. I’d go for a tree with a knot, – it reminds me of a creepy wooden statue of a devil I once saw. Great dialogue, Ali. Really made me chuckle.


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:51 am

      I hadn’t thought of that, but another person thought it might be a knot in wood as well. Looking at it again I think it probably is.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  25. August 21, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Nicely done! Maybe it’s an alien fish?


    • August 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Yeah, I like that. Let’s combine all the theories and go for “wood-based alien fish-lizard” 🙂


  26. September 21, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Bet teh guy who liked your opening was named “pete”… nicely done.


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