Lyon – 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 photo is, to my great surprise, by me.
It shows Scotland’s River Leven, just above its confluence with the River Clyde.
So I wrote about somewhere else.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© C E Ayr

© C E Ayr

Click here to hear me read the story:

I love Lyon.
It is a 2,000 year old historical and cultural centre, with superb architecture on steep hills which provide spectacular views.
And its two magnificent rivers converge here.
The Saône runs down Eastern France, under a series of great bridges in great towns, including personal favourites Chalon and Mâcon.
The Rhone rises in the Swiss Alps and passes through Lake Geneva before heading south-west for another hundred or so miles into this beautiful city.
I am here for two weeks, all expenses paid.
Life is good.
Not only that, but the job is an interesting challenge.
They are a lovely couple, Ronnie and Sandy.
They have two lovely kids.
A lovely Golden Labrador, some lovely rabbits.
You get the picture.
A perfect life.
But it isn’t, of course, or I wouldn’t be here.
On the face of it, quite straightforward.
But the client, for his own reasons, wants them drowned.
One in each river.
No problem.
Ronnie and Sandy, the Rhone and the Saône.
Guess who goes where.

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27 Responses to Lyon – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. The dark side had erupted again I see. Your killer is strolling about, C.E. The client has a whimsical bent the time. Thanks for the lovely picture that led to so many great stories this week. 🙂 — Suzanne


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  3. julespaige says:

    Oh, my…I wasn’t expecting the ‘Job’.
    Hard to imagine any client wanting to take out a whole family.
    But then I do like a good murder mystery. Especially when the crime gets solved! 😉


  4. Sally says:

    What a job to have! Those poor children and animals left without a family.


  5. Some people have such interesting jobs! Nice one.

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings!


  6. handmadejewelryhaven says:

    How macabre!

    – Lisa


  7. Of course Sandy has to go in the Rhone.

    It’s a good story to start the donated photos. As it was your suggestion and you sent me them before I asked, I had to use one of yours first 🙂


  8. EagleAye says:

    A story of great contrasts: the beginning versus the end. I love the way you point us one direction and then suddenly turn a corner. A great read. Lovely photograph too!


  9. emmylgant says:

    Lovely photograph CE, so serene…
    And then you go and spoil it all by rubbing out a lovely couple. Jeesh!
    As usual, superb misdirection. Reminds me of French road signs!


  10. Nice photograph. Everyone has a job to do so when the atmosphere for the job is pleasant all the better. Great story.


  11. akaushiva says:

    Oh no! Didn’t see that coming after such poetic and beautiful description of Lyon.



  12. Iain Kelly says:

    What a dilemma to resolve. I would mix it up and put Ronnie down the Saone and Sandy down the Rhone.

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  13. Dear CE,

    Only you could take such an idyllic scene…lovely rabbits…and turn it into a murder. Delightfully grim.




  14. Dale says:

    Such lovely descriptions of the rivers – too lovely. A poetic assassin..don’t see that every day!


  15. Poor Ronnie and Sandie. Well at least they had a picturesque death.


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