Dressed to Kill – 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).
Is it just me, or is Al’s photo of toys a bit on the creepy side?
Whatever, it took me down a strange side street.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

Click here to hear me read the story:
Dressed to Kill

I breathe deeply, prepare myself mentally.
Then I dress.
I put on the specially designed undergarments.
I put on the suit.
I pull on thermal socks.
I shove my feet into the heavy, inflexible boots.
I slip on the head covering, followed by the helmet.
I fasten it slowly, laboriously, into place.
My hands wriggle into the inner gloves, for warmth.
And the gauntlets, for protection.
I move like an ungainly, awkward robot, staring out through my little window.
I am ready.
Ready for anything the hostile environment can throw at me.
I breathe deeply, one more time.
Then it happens.
My worst nightmare.
Not decompression.
Not an attack from an external source.
Not even a lack of oxygen.
Much worse.
My nose starts to itch.

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25 Responses to Dressed to Kill – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Dahlia says:

    Hahah – loved loved this one. Superb 😀


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    I like this CE. Rather funny. But that’s a very relevant and real life thing that would happen to a soldier completely covered in armour.


  3. julespaige says:

    Oh, for the itch of it! Someone needs to make an app for those helmets to have something like a windshield wiper come out to a) clear the visor and b) scratch a nose!


  4. Ha, ha, ha. Due to your usual genre, C.E., this also caught me totally by surprise. I also laughed out loud. Listening to you read it was even funnier. 😀 — Suzanne


  5. Dear CE,

    I suppose it could’ve been worse. He could’ve sneezed. Seldom do I toss out the word ‘brilliant.’ This is one of those times. You made me laugh out loud. If I’d been drinking something I’m sure it would’ve spewed from my nose.




  6. Mask, eye shield, gown and gloves …. “Uh nurse, can you please scratch my nose?”
    It happens.


  7. This is so great. Love that. My favorite part is listening to you read.


  8. Sally says:

    You made me laugh too! Well done.


  9. Joy Pixley says:

    What a funny twist, loved it! Great title, too.


  10. HAHA That made me laugh out loud. Brilliant.


  11. emmylgant says:

    Sometimes the danger comes from within.
    Very well paced tale.
    Nothing to sneeze at.
    I know, I know. Couldn’t help myself!


  12. Graham Lawrence says:

    It’s great to have a belly laugh on a Sunday Morning. Entertaining story CE 🙂


  13. Anja says:

    Brilliant. I didn’t see that coming. Oh, the humanity….

    Liked by 1 person

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