Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s photo of a building of dubious provenance leaves me rather confused and undecided.
I bet you didn’t expect that.
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The Next Room
I lie awake, scarcely breathing.
When I need air, I inhale quietly.
It is pitch black, but my eyes are wide open.
I hear nothing.
I am terrified.
I know there is something in the next room.
I do not know what it is.
It may be human.
Surely not a woman.
If it is not human, then what is it?
Like a bear or an ape, savage and terrible?
I don’t think so.
Some being from across the galaxy, seeking who knows what.
Or a monster?
But is it real?
Or is it a creature from our nightmares?
Has it been created by a latter day Dr Moreau?
Or has it escaped from our collective imaginations?
How long till first light, I wonder.
Maybe three hours.
I can survive that, no problem.
Is that a noise?
A floorboard creaks.