Wednesday, 9 May 2018

KING KONG - 100 word story

As soon as I saw this week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompt I started thinking about the reasons why we visit iconic cities.




PHOTO PROMPT ©Jill Wisoff




KING KONG

Soft focus. The city coalesced out of the murk. She sat in the taxi, straining to pick out the building she had come to see.
'Your first time?' said the taxi driver.
'Yes. I must see the Empire State Building.'
'Why?'
How could she explain how her first cinematic experience had impacted her life?  Nearly eighty years!
And there it was! Breaking through the fog.
'Could you slow down, please?' she said.
'He doesn't exist, Ma'am.'
'Pardon?'
'The big ape. You won't see him up there.'
The old lady laughed in delight. 'No, you're wrong. I can see him already.'





I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 

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64 comments:

  1. Yup. He's right next to the unicorn

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  2. Ha ha - in your dreams, Neil.

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  3. Dear Susan,

    I suppose if a person squints. Love this.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle. We all see what we want to see sometimes.

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  4. What will the taxi-driver say? Can he see what she can?
    Imagine the thrill when reel becomes real!
    I love movies and can feel the excitement :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Anita. Maybe she's seeing everything through the blur of old age.

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  5. New York is like that, as a film student I spent my visit to NY recognising all the places and scenes I had seen in movies! Good fun Susan :-)

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    1. I know what you mean, Iain. I've visited my fair share of cities and I have to say that New York tops the charts for recognisable places from films.

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  6. Love this, Susan. It is so true that we search for those places we come to know from the big screen...

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    1. Absolutely, Dale. It's why people are currently flocking to my corner of Ireland to see where Luke Skywalker was hiding out in the latest Star Wars film. :)

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  7. When I started reading, for a second, I thought this was going to reference the "Empire State Building" scene in the 1993 film "Sleepless in Seattle." Someone should remind this women, that Kong always falls to his death at the movie's climax, the beast slain by beauty.

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    1. For sure she knows the ending, James - which might be why she needed to see him up on that spire.

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  8. It's all in the mind... interesting take on the prompt! Well done! :-)

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  9. She believes it, anyway, and who are we to argue? Thanks for commenting, Courtney. :)

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  10. That's so sweet. A life's ambition fulfilled and not a jot disappointed. Lovely tale Susan

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. Yes, I think she's thrilled to have finally made it in her twilight years. :)

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  11. That was fun.

    I think she would have "seen" him no matter what her age.

    I've seen the original and the 2005 version. (Never saw all of the '70s film.) For some reason, the "beauty killed the beast" line just comes off as corny in the newer remake, yet works nicely in the original! I guess lines like that just fit better in the older-style movies.

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  12. We were in Hollywood a couple of years ago. It's always fun to look for recognizable sites when traveling.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Russell! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  13. Of course King Kong is there... just waiting to pick up his lady.

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  14. What a lovely story about the power of dreams!

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    1. Thanks, Penny - I think we all dream about places and things we want to see. :)

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  15. A beautiful story, Susan. I'd like to see few of the landmarks which were in the movies I saw as a kid as well.

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    1. Thanks, Varad. This story reflects about how I felt the first time I visited New York. :)

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  16. Ha ha ha. What a sweet little tale.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Anurag - glad you liked it. :)

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  17. Imagination is a wonderful thing. Or is he really up there... :-)

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    1. He he - well, I'm not sure - but she thinks he is! :)

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  18. I love this. Think of revisiting something so life-changing after all those years!

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    1. Thanks, Linda - glad you loved the idea behind this story.

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  19. Nice one Susan - made me laugh!

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    1. That's nice to know, Lizy. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  20. This is so sweet. After so many years she can finally see the place and combine reality with her imagination.

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    1. Thanks, Gah - that's how I saw it when I wrote the story. :)

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  21. Lovely story. And I think I can see that big ape now ...

    Jilly, Sugar on the Bee

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  22. Cute story. Enjoyed this cinematic take.

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    1. Thanks for commenting - glad you liked the story. :)

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  23. Loved this flash! I can fully understand. I had an amazing sensation the first time I saw some of the emblematic buildings in NYC. You captured that special moment.

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  24. Thanks for your feedback, Luccia. Always good to know when a story works for someone. :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa - glad you found it fun. :)

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  26. I felt connected to your hero.Strange as it may be, my first and only trip to New York City was almost two years ago. Only for a day, but the Empire State Building was my first stop. Not sure I thought about King Kong however, but I loved every minute of it.

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    1. Thanks, Spauldis. Yes, I wrote this based on my own experience (no, I didn't see Kong) but it was wonderful to see all those iconic buildings.

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  27. He's there alright! :) The imagination gets the pictures in our mind onto reality at times! Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Vinay - yes, he's surely there in our imaginations! :)

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  28. Sounds like a wonderful old lady who still has a lot of life left in her. A zest for life.

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    1. Yes, I think she's doing her bucket list! :)

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  29. Shame on the taxi driver for trying to spoil her moment and good on her for letting nothing spoil it for her

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    1. No, she's not going to let anyone ruin her dream! Thanks for commenting, Michael.

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  30. Wonderful how the taxi driver knows, probably sees it on the faces of lots of his rides. This one left me smiling, although he could have let her down a little more gently.

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    1. Yes, that's New York taxi drivers for you! Thanks for commenting, Sarah. :)

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  31. She certainly loves King Kong. But it's not coming. I hope not.
    Thanks,
    Norma.

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    1. No, just her imagination, I'm sure, Norma. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  32. Love the way you set the scene, with the Empire State Building breaking through the fog. Long live King Kong in her mind's eye! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Magarisa - glad you liked the story. :)

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