AnElephantCant always rise early
Sometimes he likes to be lazy instead
He scratches his tummy
And thinks it is yummy
If someone brings him his breakfast in bed
This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Alastair.
Please follow the link to let the sunshine into your Sunday morning with this sensational selection of stories from celebrated scribes.
But please first read AnElephant’s cloudy catastrophe.
It is a small town on the Cote d’Azur, less than ten thousand people, but the summer visitors inflate this number, incredibly, to close to forty thousand.
He arrives in June, start of season, and frequents a small café where the regulars are all locals.
They assume he is a vacationer like the others, then, after some weeks, ask why he is still there.
He tells them he is there to stay, he is a writer, it suits him.
He writes continuously, sitting alone at a table.
His grasp of the language is limited, but he is polite and friendly, so the French are, as always, polite and friendly in return.
So he is accepted, even embraced, into this small world.
He is seen occasionally around town, at the beach or library, in a different café or a restaurant.
But this is his haunt.
After the end of the season there are only locals there.
He is by now part of the furniture, still writing, still smiling, still communicating in simple French, still baffled sometimes by the thick Provencal accents.
Early one morning, as the sun rises over the Mediterranean, the police swoop, arresting 27 members of the ‘Marseille Mafia’ here and in several similar towns along the coast.
He packs and leaves, his job done.
Usually I prefer the Mafia to win, but enjoyed this one nonetheless.
Great job. He had an amazing cover.
Great story. Or are you coming clean about your new job? A lovely portrait of a writer a fun a under cover agent.
That should have read, writer-cum-under cover agent, but autocorrect thinks it knows better than me!
Brilliant. The why you never trust a writer.
Très bien Monsieur AnElephantcant! Très bien.
Quite a cover. He must have got a promotion for that!
Nice twist – you got me!
More cheerful than your usual work, no? 😉
Somebody is always watching, great story 🙂
I never would have suspected him and I guess they didn’t either. Great cover, and great story.
Oh Yeah! Captured the small town feel and demeanor of locals to perfection.
AECan sketches a complete story in such ligh touches that we follow the mellow mood and smile still, when in the end, we find out ( or remember) that in AnElephant’s world, things are almost never as they seem.
Delicious tale …and I think I know those guys on handcuffs.;-)
I spy with my little eye …
Beautiful photo and lovely words.