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 the picture (below).
This week’s intriguing photo is provided by Jade M Wong, with enough elements to inspire and confuse a million tales.
This is what emerged from my tortured brain.
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Click here to hear me read aloud this 90-second story:
Looking forward to tomorrow, my father asks.
I stare at him in disbelief.
Is he serious?
I am thirteen years old.
This is the sixth school I have attended.
I am the new boy again.
I have the strange accent and the suntan.
I come from the other side of the planet.
I am different.
That is the single biggest crime in my world.
Tomorrow there will be new examinations to be faced.
New conflicts to overcome.
New fights to be fought.
Battles to be won or lost.
I have learnt that it doesn’t really matter if I win or lose, so long as I damage my opponent.
No one likes to be hurt, even the fighters, and there are always a few.
So I have to gouge an eye, or bite an ear, inflict severe pain.
Then there will be time to make alliances, become accepted.
Fortunately it is the rugby season, so I will fit in there.
I’ll be okay, I tell my father.
I know, he says, you are tough.
I shrug, head to my room to prepare myself.
Tomorrow there will be monsters lurking.