Face-Palming – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Photo by: Dawn Miller


It was the first beautiful day after a long, hard winter. Park managers placed red umbrellas out beside the picnic areas. The park trees opened red blossoms. People flocked to Basco Park to enjoy the sun and some barbeque.

The serene scene broke suddenly when a jet of water burst from the city’s man-made lake. Another burst erupted, and another.

Everyone turned from their roasting hot dogs, steaks, and ears of corn. Many tried to reason the cause of the unexpected fountain.

“It’s a whale!” exclaimed one man.

A nearby marine biologist face-palmed. “The lake is land-locked. How would a whale get here?”

Another man chattered angrily. “It’s a goll-danged Russian sub. The Russians are invading!”

A nearby ex-Navy man face-palmed.

“It’s aliens!” howled a homeless man. “They’re coming to take me home!”

Everyone face-palmed.

Only two women knew what was really going on. Both mortified women face-palmed.

“Mom?” said Cindy. “Next time Dad wants swim in the town lake…”

“I know, I know,” interrupted Diane. “You father will never again eat barbequed beans!”
Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge. Look here to see what others wrote about the picture prompt above: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/fffaw-week-of-07-01-2015/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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29 Responses to Face-Palming – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. Hee hee! Reminds me of the Transylvanian nobleman who lived exclusively on a diet of beans and cabbage. Count Flatula. ☺

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  2. Hahaha! Those barbequed beans are gassy bugars! LOL! Liked how everyone was “face palming!” Haha Great story!

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  3. Lyn says:

    I shakes my head and rolls my eyes. LOL, only Eric, could come up with this little beauty 😀

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  4. List of X says:

    I’m sure all that gas inside helps him to stay afloat. 🙂

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  5. joetwo says:

    Tee hee! Good one!

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  6. luckyjc007 says:

    LOL’s !!! That “ending” was totally unexpected. Wow! The power of beans! 🙂

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  7. This was funny. Have you heard of the children’s books by Jo Nesbo called Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder? He invents a potion that makes you fart and is able to propel you…


  8. Indira says:

    It took sometime to understand. Very unexpected. LOL.

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  9. phylor says:

    As my father would say: Beans, beans, the magical (or musical) fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot.
    Great ending. Always the humourous twist

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  10. rogershipp says:

    Giggles and Giggles. I thought little kids peeing was bad!

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  11. Ameena k.g says:

    Hahahaha, Oh my! What a creative take on this prompt. Job well done! 🙂

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  12. ah, Dads. If its not gas, it is something else!

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  13. married2arod says:

    Lol! That’s just silly and awful. Poor guy. 😉

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