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Photo Prompt Story: The Duggan House

Posted on: March 1, 2020

Pete has done it again. I sent him a picture of the house my great grandfather built over 100 years ago and it prompted him to write a fabulous story. I didn´t tell him the house was in Alberta until after.


This is a short story, in 1350 words.
It was prompted by the above photo, sent to me by Darlene Foster.

When she split up with Joanne, the first thing Carrie wanted to do was to get out of Vancouver. She put in to the RCMP personnel department for a transfer to anywhere, and it wasn’t long before Alberta was offered.

Edmonton, somewhere she had never been. She accepted it without a second thought, and told them she would stay in a motel until she found an apartment to rent.

It was an Inspector’s job with the detective branch. Most of the others were well established already, and she knew she wouldn’t get anything high profile until she proved herself. After a couple of weeks getting used to the place, and settling in, Carrie found a decent apartment, then set about getting on with the job. She arrived early…

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16 Responses to "Photo Prompt Story: The Duggan House"

Thanks for reblogging, Darlene. I still can’t get over that Alberta coincidence. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.

It was such a great story too.

What a fabulous photo – and how amazing it must be to have this evidence of your grandfather’s skill and determination. So many questions… Is it still standing? Did you take the picture?

It is a great picture, I think I took it, although perhaps a cousin did. We share pictures a lot in our family. I often use it as a prompt when presenting writing workshops. Unfortunately, it burned down 2 years ago in a prairie fire. I wrote about it here with more info. Thanks for your interest. https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/what-was-lost-in-the-fire/.

If those old buildings could talk…

I know, there are so many stories in them.

And in many ways, the old buildings DO talk with our help! so

Those houses were wonderful. I read a lot about them in my Westerns. It is impressive what your great grandfather did.

It was a typical western house! I love the story Pete conjured up.

Darlene, What a wonderful Alberta coincidence! Your photo of your great grandfather’s house is a family treasure. I enjoyed reading Pete’s story from your photo prompt very much. Thanks for sharing it. #senisal

Thanks, Natalie. It was an excellent story based on this picture.

This was a fabulous story!

It is amazing the stories Pete can create from a picture.

He truly is able to pull together a riveting story from most pictures!

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