Three Line Tales, Week 193

three line tales, week 193: a man beside a map of New York

photo by Tony Wang via Unsplash

The stories he would tell would have been enthralling, if anyone bothered to ask him.

How he arrived this place, how he was trapped here, how he was patiently waiting while his people worked hard to bring him back and how different his home was – of the exotic animals and fantastic inventions.

Too bad everyone thought he was a lunatic when he claimed he arrived here in a scientific experiment from a parallel universe 500 years ago.


They are out there…somewhere…LOL

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 193

Three Line Tales, Week 191

four boys playing football in a lush green meadow

photo by Robert Collins via Unsplash

The boys were having fun, jumping and trying to catch the ball.

It seemed like a normal game of catch to them, but their parents would have freaked out if they saw what was happening.

The ball was bouncing from and falling back to the sky before it could reach the boys.


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 191

Three Line Tales, Week 190

three line tales, week 190: an old winding staircase with a person standing at the bottom

photo by Alina Fedorchenko via Unsplash

She had been following him for weeks, tenaciously and doggedly appearing in front of him no matter where he went, her haunting eyes trained on his every action, his every movement and he was unable to rid himself of her despite involving the police – she had not harassed him, neither had she broken any laws by being in the public.

He was close to breaking down.

Would it be easier for him to suffer her emaciated presence wherever he turned or would it be easier to confess he murdered her husband?


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below:

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 190

Three Line Tales, Week 189

three line tales, week 189: a cat peeking out of a cardboard box

photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger via Unsplash

Little Gem

The little kitten, once abandoned and listless, began to regain its strength and playfulness under the care of its new owners.

It peeped out from the box, studying its prey with its unwavering gaze.

Pouncing onto the denim shorts of its new owner, it quickly climbed upwards until it was resting on the shoulders, not budging until it was ready to – it would not be denied!


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below,

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 189

Three Line Tales, Week 184

three line tales, week 184: rainbow brick road leading towards an Icelandic church

photo by Dave Herring via Unsplash

Next Stop, Happiness

With each colourful step she takes away from that church, chaining stress and caging expectations unshackled.

She turns back only for a briefest moment to look at the conservative culture managing every aspect of her life, before she turns around for good to continue her journey.

Religion doesn’t bind; it frees.


If there is one thing I cannot understand, it is why people like to enact their expectations on others under the facade of religious rules. I’m a Buddhist, but there are no cardinal rules on diet, or women, or sexual orientation. Only a series of karmic causes and effects, as well as philosophical scriptures which requires guidance or risk mis-interpretation.

But when I was younger, I have been approached by many Christian missionaries, with the opening lines of “Do you believe in Jesus?” and rapidly spiralled into “Only do you believe in Jesus can you be saved” rhetoric. I was impressionable then and my takeaway from those interactions was “Christianity seems very enthusiastic about Hell and condemnation.”

Until some of my Christian friends raised their eyebrows at me when I candidly asked them about Christianity years later. That’s when I realised, Christianity never asked to convert anyone by fear; those “missionaries” I met were going out to convert people because they wanted money for their church.

Hence the story.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 184

Three Line Tales, Week 183

three line tales, week 183: the Ashes at the Adelaide Oval watched by people on the roof

photo by Marcus Wallis via Unsplash

The Last Stand

They are the last line of defence, standing against the barrage of attacks which threatened to destroy everything they ever know.

But things are changing; the flag is not what it used to be and the attacks are becoming more vicious, more insidious.

Ignorance has never been a bliss, only a threat to society.


“And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

Henry IV, Part II, Shakespeare

Society is the crown and all of us are its monarchs. But since when have we become ignorant as one and allow various societal issues to become threats to the crown?

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 183

Three Line Tales, Week 182

a faery in a field for three line tales week 182

photo by Rikki Austin via Unsplash

Queen of Spades

Perceptive intelligence lurks in her eyes but she has no desires to pass practical judgement.

Take all the pictures you want, she seemed to say, but I’ll not change myself, nor yourself, for you.

Fools will never understand what that closed mouth smile means.


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 182

Three Line Tales, Week 181

Landing on exoplanet TRAPPIST-2g7 in the TRAPPIST system was the moment of greatest triumph in humankind’s deep space exploration, opening up opportunities to rare resources.

Reports of the planet as habitable was favourable; the developments of inter-galactic gates was already commissioned and several multi-national companies, Starbucks and McDonald’s among the strongest contenders, were bidding for inter-dimensional expansion.

The collective human civilisation fell when cannibalistic aliens, waiting patiently for their livestock to expand, attacked.


When the mantis is preying on the cicada, the oriole is just stalking behind. How often are we unaware of the dangers around or behind us when we are pursuing for short term gains?

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 181

Three Line Tales, Week 180

three line tales, week 180: Patrouille de France in the sky

photo by David Peters via Unsplash

Aerial Dance

Months of intensive training have finally led to this chance of a dazzling aerial show and he is determined not to mess things up.

The difference between success and failure is the ability to hold the wheel in face of stressful times.

He messes up.


Aerial shows fascinate me, but I could not help but wonder, at what price are the pilots paying to produce such shows? I could not even drive a car properly, much less fly a jet in such close proximity to another…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 180

Three Line Tales, Week 179

three line tales, week 179: a castle in a lake

photo by Richard Clark via Unsplash

The castle guards its secrets; there is no way of entering or exiting as the castle stands alone in the middle of the lake.

Dying to find out the mystery of this impossible construct, generation after generation expends futile efforts to understand the castle.

And generation after generation of the alien race living at the bottom of the lake praises the wisdom of their ancestors.


When you want to hide things, you hide it in plain sight. When I saw this image, what attracts my attention is not the castle but the waters. Such magical qualities of the waters must speak for themselves!

After all, we have heard of Lady of the Lake, so why not Aliens of the Lake?

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 179