Lost in Translation

PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg


Kevin reached into his backpack. “I’ve got a surprise for you.”

My heart raced. A proposal? At last?

He pulled out a strange-looking sign.

“What’s that?” I asked.

“It’s to keep anyone from ‘rounding that curve we just passed.” Then came his impossible-to-resist wink. “I’ve always wanted to do it in this spot.”

“Do it?”

But my sighs of disappointment melted into sighs of desire. After all, he was impossible to resist.

Right in the middle of our “doing it,” a hiker walked by, grinning. “Sign says not to wave, so I’ll just nod and be on my way.”



You know what I love about Friday Fictioneers? I love that when I first wake on Wednesday morning and look at the photo prompt, I think, “Huh? What in the world am I going to write about this one?”

Then, after staring at it, after drawing on memories (I won’t say if I drew on memories this week!) a story comes to mind and I begin to write. Invariably, I have to cut words, though it’s my natural instinct to add more color to the simple sketch.

But the 100-word limit forces me to tell the whole story without all the fluff. It’s like putting together a puzzle without all the pieces. Still, I look forward to the challenge every week.

A big thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, our creative leader. And this week, the story-inspiring photo was by Björn Rudberg.

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21 Responses to Lost in Translation

  1. neilmacdon says:

    That made me laugh. Thanks, Jan

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  2. Dear Jan,

    I nearly spewed my coffee when I got to the last few lines. Oh my. I’m such a visual person. Good story and thank you for sharing your process. We do tend to feel our words are too precious to cut, don’t we?



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  3. Great story. That sign is ambiguous indeed.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    That last line is wonderful, raised a good chuckle Jan.

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    What an entertaining story! I love that last line! You’ve written that with wonderful skill. Good title, too.

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  6. jillyfunnell says:

    Very imaginative! I do like a man who knows what he wants and plans ahead. Reminded me of something I saw in Metro on Monday – Extreme Sleeping – people settle down for the night on these sort of jutting beds attached to the sides of cliffs.I think Kevin would like that.

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  7. Varad says:

    Haha! That ending was terrific. Thanks for the laughs. 😀

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  8. granonine says:

    I’m really trying hard NOT to visualize this rather risky bit of risque behavior 🙂

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  9. Ha.. yes that is a great alternative… and of course that was bound to happen.

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  10. Dale says:

    That was a burst-out-laughing ending! I so loved it… Brilliant, Jan.

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  11. Meena says:

    The last line brought the house down. Thanks for the laugh, Jan

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  12. James McEwan says:

    Lovely tale, you just can’t win.

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  13. Ha ha ha ha ha, that was so much fun.

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  14. curtmercer says:

    Funny read! Nicely done.

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  15. subroto says:

    So he was trying to stop others from coming. Very creative and funny take on the prompt.

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  16. lisarey1990 says:

    I love this. Great story and excellent humour.

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  17. Moon says:

    Such a fun last line!
    Loved the ‘ disappointment melted into desire’.
    A great read!🙂

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  18. Thom Carswell says:

    I love the way this story changed track right at the end with a really funny and unexpected last line! Hopefully the absurdity of it all helped to distract your character from her disappointment!

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  19. You certainly raised a lot of emotions in these few words and ended on a laugh. Yes, these signs can take on many interpretations. Well done! 🙂

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