Tourists – Sunday Photo Fiction

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 chilling photo leaves me shivering.
In anticipation.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

Tourists

I love the ski season.
I have just bought myself a new Yamaha YZ125 with money I got from tourists.
It’s an off road bike, ideal for the treacherous icy conditions up here in the Cairngorms.
A lot of the mountain roads can be tricky to drive, especially for city folk.
I started earning on an old second-hand bicycle when I was only twelve.
I have come a long way in the last four years.
I grew up here, so I know all the dangerous curves and corners.
That is where I meet the tourists.
People react instinctively when they see a kid sliding on a patch of ice.
Sometimes they end up going into one of the steep little gorges.
They can be badly hurt sometimes.
I have even found one or two dead.
That is how I leave all of them.
And that is how I get money from tourists.

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About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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32 Responses to Tourists – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Dale says:

    A man’s gotta make a living…

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  2. Taking money from the dead – you’re such a bad boy! LOL!!

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  3. JS Brand says:

    Liked the story, but starting to wonder whether your main reason for leaving Scotland was the pursuit of better weather and fine wines, or something darker. The inside of your head is a scary place …

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  4. Susan says:

    Very dark story but excellent writing. 🙂

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  5. luckyjc007 says:

    Money from the dead or seriously injured…now that’s quite an occupation! I see it now…Financial Relief Collector! Great story! 🙂

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  6. Belinda Crane says:

    Oh dear … now that’s just charming! The dark-half has risen to write this piece!

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    • ceayr says:

      The dark half (three quarters, 95%) writes most of this stuff, it seems!

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      • Belinda Crane says:

        I think this is what I like most with your writing. Going from a seagull story using it as a metaphor for life to this, a cold hearted greedy serial killer. You just never know what you are going to get with your stories. You are like a bag of jellybeans. (I was going to say box of chocolate, but someone already used that one).

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  7. Corina says:

    I like this one. I don’t know why. It’s creepy, for sure, yet I do like it!

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  8. mandibelle16 says:

    Another creepy one. A despicable guy who steals from the dying or badly injured. Doesn’t matter though, they end up dead. I would want to be dead to begin with.

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  9. Nicely told as ever, and a great twist 🙂

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  10. joannesisco says:

    I now know to expect the unexpected from your stories and it’s always a delight to see what evil twist you’ve thrown in 🙂

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  11. emmylgant says:

    I slid right into the trap which I should have seen peeking through.
    Evil but clever tale spin. Bravo.

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  12. Niiiiccee. Lovely spot of conscience from him. Love the twist

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  13. Dear CE,

    Charming young man. I’ll be sure to look him up as a tour guide if I ever make it to the Cairngorms. Well constructed with the usual twist in the ayr.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • ceayr says:

      A boy has to have something to give his old mum at the end of the week, don’t you think?
      Glad you liked my wee twist, Ma’am, and thank you for your kind words.

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  14. Nice twist – I hope he comes a cropper himself (is it bad I’m assuming the mc is a male?)

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  15. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant take part in Winter Sports
    Although some ladies outfits do look rather nice
    But what his complaint here is
    They look rather dangerous
    AnElephantCant skate on thin ice
    http://anelephantcant.me/2013/12/19/splintered-thoughts-on-winter-sports/

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  16. Steve Lakey says:

    A sporty bike for an unsporting activity! Nicely done.

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