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).
Today’s aerial photo was presumably taken when he was jaunting round London’s Westminster with his other pal, Superman.
Very cool, Al, that you give us a perspective very different from the usual face on view of this iconic, if somewhat unattractive, structure.
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Click here to hear me read this 1 minute 20 second story: Torture
This is not a good place to be.
Wrists and arms bound tightly to a heavy metal chair.
Blinded by a light.
Or total darkness.
Then the light again.
I see his sneering face.
The most evil of all their torturers.
And the most successful.
The word is that no one has ever stayed silent under his hands.
No one has ever survived his interrogation.
I have seen the videos.
He is very good.
Or very bad, depending on your point of view.
So I figure I am in trouble.
But I have been in trouble before, and I am still alive.
When he eventually dims the light and stands before me, I reckon it is game on.
What is it going to be, hero, he rasps, the easy way or the hard way?
Oh, I ponder for a moment, the hard way, I think.
Then I grin at him.
Because, of course, I have a plan.