Teddy Bears’ Picnic – 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 charming little snap takes me, unsurprisingly, to my happy place, where the sun always shines and the sky is always blue.
It is where I live!
And Happy Birthday to Mr Presley, wherever he is today.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

If you go down to the woods today
It is always fun in the toy department.
Children get so excited, squeal, shriek, throw tantrums.
All the normal emotions of growing up.
I watch the shoppers carefully.
They fall into different categories.
you better not go alone
You see the elderly ladies, sometimes with a reluctant man in tow, obviously looking for a gift for a favoured grandchild.
Then there are young women, who might be mothers buying for their own little darling, but perhaps for a nephew or niece.
And there are families.
These are my favourites, especially if they have more than one child.
The more the merrier, as they say.
It’s lovely down in the woods today
Some, of course, are just browsing, letting the kids amuse themselves for a while.
They are of no interest to me.
But it is of critical importance to see who buys what.
I want to be sure that the best teddy bears go to the most appropriate homes.
For maximum impact when they are activated.
but safer to stay at home

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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39 Responses to Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Dale says:

    I cannot believe I did not know that particular nursery rhyme… I love how you weave it in at just the right spots to send a little tingle up the spine… all to confirm that all is not well at the end.
    You are a master.

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  2. sana538 says:

    Love this

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  3. Ooo…pretty cool the way you wove that rhyme in there.

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  4. Dahlia says:

    This brought back memories of the eighties and nineties when there was a spate of terrorist attacks with bombs hidden inside abandoned toys and other items.

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  5. Always the twist! I’ve been absent from SPF for a bit, but I definitely haven’t forgotten that this is your specialty. Well done.

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  6. What a masterly buildup to the sucker punch of a last line. You seem to own this kind of an ending.

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  7. mandibelle16 says:

    As usual, you deliver that last line with a punch. I picture some terrorist planting teddy bear bombs at some poor family’s house, just because they had five kids. How awful. Hugs CE.

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    Chilling. As others have said weaving in the nursery rhyme (which has always seemed quite sinister to me) is excellent.

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  9. Dark and delicious! The kind of story I love to read.

    Click here to read my tale

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  10. k rawson says:

    The familiar song woven through really built the tension. Excellent story.

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  11. I love the working in of the song teddy bears picnic. Very clever tale told in so few words.

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  12. Graham Lawrence says:

    I admit I was waiting for the last line and it didn’t disappoint. Well constructed with nice buildup.

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  13. I’m with you. I saw the bears and immediately jumped to the most horrible thing I could conjure. Well done.

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  14. I used to have a yellow 45 of Teddy Bear’s Picnic– wonder if that was an activation key — I never did have a teddy bear.
    Wonderful tension build to mass destruction ending — well done.

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  15. Cara Hartley says:

    Cool and creepy. There is nothing quite so adorably homicidal as a Teddy Bear of Mass Destruction.

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  16. Just enough of the hinted at massacre there. I like it.

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  17. Dear CE,

    You have a knack for transforming the most innocuous object, ie a snuggly teddy bear into something sinister. Makes one afraid to snuggle. Very well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  18. emmylgant says:

    Terrific tale!
    I love the construction. Evocation of fairy tales terror that builds with the narrative.
    With a monster lurking in both.

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