The Beads – Sunday Photo Fiction

 AnElephantCant remember how many
Of anything it takes to change a light bulb
Because he ain’t too bright
So if you need some light
Stay well clear or he may accidentally squash you to pulp

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Alastair.
Follow the link to see a discotheque of stories shine a light on your best moves.
But please read AnElephant’s switched on submission first.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

The Beads

She sits anxiously sipping tea in her neighbour’s front room.
The police are searching her home and garden again, this time much more thoroughly.
She has given them every detail of her daughter’s appearance.
Her hair and eye colour (blonde, blue), her height (3 feet 3 inches), the clothes and shoes she looked so pretty in, even the plastic birthday jewellery she was wearing for the first time.
Old Rob pats her hand sympathetically, supportively, he has been such a comfort for so long.
He was there to help when they moved in, there when Connie was born, five years ago yesterday, there as a shoulder to cry on when Steve left.
She smiles back gratefully, strained but sincere, and clears the dishes into the kitchen.
At the back door, reflected in the light bulb, lies a single pink bead.

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27 Responses to The Beads – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Old Rob gives me the creeps.


  2. Steve Lakey says:

    Clever story, that ties in well with the Photo Prompt.


  3. Oh, how horrid. Clever tale telling though. 🙂


  4. misskzebra says:

    Very clever creation of the image that links to the prompt.


  5. J. Milburn says:

    Of course he was supportive. Helps to throw off suspicion. Very chilling tale and great story!


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  7. Wonderful tale with a twist in the tail. 🙂


  8. Anja says:

    Ohhhh you devious AnElephant (laughing as I love to hear)…very good. But I am still not sure I need to add a tally…..


  9. Sinister brilliance. I really like this piece, you’ve done a great job of creating the atmosphere.


  10. emmylgant says:

    The tale is well told.
    Emmy is freaking.
    Attention to details in the telling
    Stopped my heart cold.


  11. Al says:

    It took me a couple of reads to get that. I thought the bead was at her back door until I reread it and saw that she sits in the neighbour’s front room.

    A very good chilling tale.


  12. I love this and I would like to invite you to my page…there is a link at the bottom of my last offering. A group project that is looking for more voices. One of the characters is named Elephant and I thought of you 🙂 I’m not involved but it just might be a perfect thing for AnElephant such as yourself…cheers 🙂


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