Three Line Tales

Three Line Tales, Week Twenty-Four

three line tales week 24

photo prompt by Emiel Molenaar – you’ll find the full resolution shot here

Employee Named Tract

Tract was named after a tractor named Red.

He moved like he was full of lead.

He got the job done, so no one cared.

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 07-05 through 07-11-2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan!


“Alan I see you have new neighbors since I was here last year,” Frank said.

“Yes, but Holly and I rarely see them.  The dogs are always outside, but we only see the guys as they come and go. They speak when we see them and seem nice. “

“Well, at least they don’t cause any problems.”

“That’s true.”

Alan was in his backyard one night and noticed a light on in the neighbor’s garage.  He was surprised at the things he saw through a small window!

The next morning just at daybreak,  FBI agents surrounded his neighbor’s house.

They arrested them after finding their garage full of guns, explosives, and several passports.

Alan knew something was wrong and decided it best to alert the authorities about the things he saw in the neighbor’s garage.

(Moral to this story:   If you see something suspicious, say something. It could save a life or lives. )

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Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 06-28 through 07-04-2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!


Little Toby wandered aimlessly in the field with his head lowered and tears trickling down his chubby cheeks as he pulled his wagon with his dog, Chip in it.

“Why are you sad?” the scarecrow asked.

“Because I need the power of life for my dog, Chip.”

“What happened to him?”

“He was bite by a snake. He will die and I do not know how to save him.”

“I will help you!” the scarecrow said proudly.  “I have a brain! “

Pull the green vine away from me and wrap it around Chip’s body.  It will help draw the poison from him.

Toby quickly did as the scarecrow said.

Hours later, the scarecrow saw Toby and Chip happily playing in the corn field.

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Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved



Don’t go for a whole story. Write just a scene—100 to 200 words—that is full of tension, anxiety, trepidation, and the unknown.



The Mountain Climb

John and Emma were climbing the grueling mountain for a couple of hours.

After resting for a while, they continued to climb and it began to rain.  Just as they turned a corner, a large rock fell from above them knocking Emma over the side of the mountain. Her body turned over and over as she went down the mountain side and John stood there helplessly watching her as he yelled her name in agony!

Emma landed on a flat area of the mountain side and John could see that her leg seemed twisted.  She lay perfectly still as he called her name over and over.

He tried in vain to use his cell phone to call for help, but there was no reception in that area.

Pulling off his backpack he quickly opened it to get the rope he had brought for emergencies.

While scanning the area for a tree or rock he could tie the rope around he noticed a mountain lion just two ledges above Emma.

Words (167)

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

Your Photo Prompt for Week #23 – 2016


The opening sentence for the June 2nd  Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: “It was instinct. I just let go of them.” Please use this sentence (or this thought) somewhere in your flash.

Egg Collecting

“Good morning, students,” Pipper said cheerfully.

“Today’s topic will be alligators.”

“I use to work on an alligator farm part-time.  My job was to help collect alligator eggs.”

“One afternoon I had picked up a handful of alligator eggs and all of a sudden, a large alligator appeared and hissed at me!  I dropped the eggs immediately.  It was instinct, I just let go of them.  Then, I quickly moved to another area of the marshes.”

“The alligator eggs are collected from the nests and hatched on the alligator farm.  When the eggs hatch on the farm, the alligators grow to about four feet in twelve to eighteen months and this helps them survive longer when  returned  to the wild.”

“However, when they hatch in the wild, it will take four to five years for them to grow four feet.”

“If the alligators are small, they are often times eaten by birds, snakes, raccoons, and other wetland creatures.  If they are large, they have a better chance of survival.”

“At one time they were an endangered species, but not any more.”

Words (181)

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


Blackout poetry:



This newspaper is Villages Daily Sun, May 29, 2016 Section C (18 words excluding title)




Riley   6 years old

energetic dog

love his face

he really is affectionate


love at first sight

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved



66th Challenge

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 05-17 through 05-23-2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan!

Dinosaur Truck

“Lynne, where did Calvin go?”  Adonis asked.

“The Connecticut Dinosaur Truck drove by and he ran after it in hopes of seeing some dinosaurs.”

“I remember when we chased after the ice cream trucks!  Now, kids chase dinosaur trucks,” he laughed.

“Mom, Dad, I’m home,” Calvin yelled.

“What kind of plastic and rubber dinosaurs did you see, Calvin?”  Adonis asked.

“Dad!  They weren’t made of plastic and rubber.  All of them were real!”  Calvin explained.

Calvin spoke breathtakingly, ” There were Sauropods and Raptors.  The Sauropod was a Brachiosaurus with a long gentle neck, and he was lazily plucking leaves off the top of trees. The Raptor was a Velociraptor with three-fingered hands and curved claws on each foot, covered with feathers.”

“Calvin, you know what I told you about exaggerating.  You have your facts right, but not the part about them being real.”

Suddenly, there was a loud noisy in front of the house.  Adonis looked out the window and saw a huge Brachiosaurus lazily plucking leaves off the top of the trees.

Words ( 174)

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Picture Prompt #53 and Retro TBP


 Zowie’s Buttercup Memories

Zowie, I’m so sad today.  I love this place and there are so many wonderful memories here.

We walked these fields and our favorite place, of course, is right here in the middle of these beautiful yellow buttercups.

I know, they are your favorite color.  Yes, I realize I am smashing a lot of them down while lying here, but they will recover, unlike my broken heart!

Life will be very different without Jodie around.  Remember when she first saw us?  She was actually scared of us, being a city gal and all.  But, once she got to know us, we helped her adjust to the farm life and our days were filled with fun and laughter

Now, she will go off to college and won’t be around anymore.

What will happen now, Zowie?  You’ve been gone for a couple of years now, but we still talk.

I know, I actually do all the talking, just like I’ve always done.

What?  Another foster child is coming!

I’m excited!  Yes, Yes, I will share our favorite place with her.

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 03-22 through 03-28-2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Uday, with the blog, Udayology. Thank you Uday!

“Raymond, are you sure this is the right place?”  Jackson asked.

“Yes, the place is old but it is the original photo centre.  They never bothered to change the name.”

“Alright, I’ll do it since it is the only photo centre that deals with life changes.  But, I think the name of their business is misleading.”

The saleswoman wrote down Jackson’s request and directed him to a  room.

Jackson walks out of the room, stands in front of a full length mirror, sees his reflection, which shows straight pointed ears, and fur all over his body!  He screams, but all he hears is a loud barking sound!

Jackson looked like the Rin -Tin -Tin dog!

The saleswoman didn’t understand why he was so upset, after all, he did tell her he wanted to look like  a famous actor.

Words (138)

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved