Friday, August 10, 2012

The Discovery

It's Friday Fictioneer Day, and as usual, I saw something far different than most in the photo. Thanks to FF founder http://madison-woods.com and to fellow fictioneer Susan Wenzel for this week's photo prompt.


THE DISCOVERY
by Beth Carter

The discovery was astounding. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Anthropologists, professional sleuths, and research scientists gathered from around the world. They stood in silence in the Hawaiian heat while peering at two fossilized ears. Earlier, someone had drawn swirls in the dark sand, careful not to disturb the prize find.

Sherlock scratched his head while making copious notes.

Holmes clicked his tongue as he stared through a magnifying glass.

Watson leaned forward and cleared his throat before proclaiming in a booming voice: “It has been proven and well documented. After all these years, we now know Dumbo fathered a child.”

29 comments:

  1. Wow that is hilarious. I'm not sure if you meant it to be, but my first reaction was to burst out in a deep chest laugh. It was so funny. THank you for that. mine is here: http://remakingme-atiyatownes.blogspot.com/2012/08/friday-fictioneers-sand-and-sea-shells.html

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    1. Ha! Atiya, yes, it's supposed to be funny. Glad you enjoyed my story. Heading to yours now.

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  2. Ah, I love it! I can even see the little elephant baby in the picture, now that you mention it. :)

    --Jan
    http://janmorrill.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/fridayfictioneers-flashfiction-shell-phone/

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    1. Thanks, Jan. When I first saw the photo, I thought of baby elephant ears. I tried to make the story go elsewhere but kept coming back to this idea. Glad you liked it. Loved your poem!!!

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  3. We've also had some big-eared presidents. I got a feeling Dumbo really gets around :) Thanks for the laugh, Beth. Glad you could join us today!

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  4. giggle...only the great Sherlock could discover that!!

    Very fun story

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  5. Another creative take on this prompt. I went back after reading your piece to see how many different ways I could envision this shell and its surroundings. Always love a writer who challenges perception!

    Keli

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    1. Thanks, keliwright! I usually try to take a non-obvious route with the prompts. When I first saw the photo, I thought elephant ears!Then, I immediately thought of Dumbo!

      Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to find yours.

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  6. Hi Beth...Welcome back !! Haha...How clever. Thanks for the chuckles. Missed your humor.

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    1. It's good to be back, Lora. Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments. Heading to yours now...

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  7. Thanks, everyone. For some reason, I have a hard time replying to each one separately so I'll do it here.

    Russell, yes, apparently that Dumbo gets around! Thanks for stopping by.

    Sandra and Carrie, glad I made you chuckle. I'll look for your stories. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  8. You are right--you did see "something far different than most in the photo". A fun take on a fairly straightforward picture!

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    1. I guess I'm weird like that. :) Thanks for commenting. I'll look for yours.

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  9. Ha, a totally unexpected take on the prompt. Very nice!

    Mine's here: http://pinionpost.com/2012/08/10/the-reunion/

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  10. Thank you, pinionpost. I love surprising readers. Heading to yours now.

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  11. Now that was funny and unexpected! I like the idea of fossilized ears...

    ~Susan

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I'm thrilled you stopped by since you are the originator of the cool photo! Your story was amazing.

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  12. nicely done, never saw that coming

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    1. Yea! I'm glad I surprised you, billgncs. Thanks for stopping by. I'll look for your story.

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  13. Hahahahaha. I laughed out loud. Creative take on the photo. Love it love it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on mine.

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    1. Woot! So happy I made you laugh out loud, Rochelle! I love reading plot twists--and especially writing them. Thank you.

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  14. The ending was a surprise and I enjoyed it.

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    1. Glad I surprised you, yaralwrites. I'll look for yours.

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  15. I tried posting from my ipad last night, but it wouldn't let me. So here goes. This is freakin hilarious. I don't know how you thought of something. My mind just drew a blank at this pic. Great job.

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    1. You made my day, Shirley! Thank you. I'm glad you thought it was hilarious. haha

      I've drawn blanks on some of the other prompts, believe me! This one just had to be about Dumbo, though!

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  16. Thanks for starting my morning with a laugh...all the more so when I imagine the Sherlock of the new BBC "Sherlock" coming to this conclusion!!

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    1. I'm glad I made you laugh, sustainabilitea. (Love your name, btw). I haven't heard of the new BBC Sherlock. Thanks for stopping by. I'll look for yours.

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