A short story…

for Sunday Photo Fiction







‘You said we were having CCTV installed’

‘It’s cheaper than a security camera!’

‘Do you honestly believe a face on a tree will deter burglars?’

‘Well, they’ll think they are being watched’.

‘You’ll be telling me it’ll shout at them next!’

‘Of course not, trees don’t talk they bark! Get it? Bark!’

‘You are so funny … not!’

‘Seriously though, I’ll sort out the CCVT tomorrow, I promise’.


In the early hours of the morning, they were woken by loud yapping.

‘Don’t tell me, that’s your tree’ groaned Sally.

‘What?’ yawned Mike.

‘Never mind, go back to sleep’.


Overnight there was a spate of robberies in their street. Next door even had their security camera stolen!


‘See, it worked’.

‘What worked?’

‘The face, it scared the villains away and we lost nothing.’

‘I hate to tell you this’  said Sally peering out of the window.


‘The tree’s gone.  How did that happen?’

‘Goodness knows. I’m stumped! Get it … tree stump!’

‘It’s not a laughing matter Mike’.


‘You said ycouples-marriage-and-relationship-counseling-houston-tx-221x300ou were getting a garden table’.

‘This is cheaper than one from the store’.

‘It’s a tea tray screwed to the tree stump’.

‘Okay Sally, I’ll get a table tomorrow, I promise’.



Thanks to Donna for hosting and to DC Stultz for the photo

16 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. Christine Goodnough Jan 12, 2020 / 23:40

    Those burglars really when out on a limb to steal a tree. Too easily identified; no fence would touch a hot tree with a ten foot pole. 😉

    Talk about a cheapskate! Sally better start ordering things herself.

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  2. Melissa Rena Russell Jan 15, 2020 / 01:01

    Keith, it’s great to see you still blogging. It’s like coming home from a long absence.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 16, 2020 / 12:51

      Missy, it’s you! Yep, 13 years and going strong. Great to meet up with you again.


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