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!”
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/