The Head – 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 the picture (below).
This week Al provides us with
a slightly bizarre photo, which made me think of a great Marvyn Gaye song, Wherever I Lay My Head.
Or it might be Hat.

Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Al Forbes

Click here to hear the author read the story:
The Head

There is a head on a shelf.
The youngsters jump, squealing and shrieking.
Amanda and Angie grab each other, wide-eyed in fright.
Calm down, says Al, always the brave one, it’s just a head.
It looks almost human, muses Joy, I wonder who put it there?
It hasn’t been there very long, suggests Neel thoughtfully, there isn’t much dust around it.
We should examine it, says Al, the oldest, and clearly the leader.
Um, hold on, says Amanda, let’s not be hasty. What would Scooby Doo do?
Doo do, says Joy, and they all laugh, but nervously.
Come on, says Neel, moving towards Al.
Together they approach the strange object.
The girls crowd behind them, less afraid of an unattached head than of being teased by their friends.
They are within touching distance now.
Is it real, asks Angie, uncertainly.
Al reaches out a hand, his finger brushes the nose.
Boo, says the head.
In the hysterical scramble for the door, Amanda’s Canadian ice hockey pedigree shows.
Elbows flashing, she is first to escape.
The others fall over, scramble up and out.
I pull my head out of the hole and walk round the shelves.
Man, this place smells bad.

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27 Responses to The Head – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Great story CE & very funny to use us all in your story. Yes you are right I would be terrified about the head. I don’t know about the Scooby Doo line but there was a Scooby Doo series on Saturday mornings called ‘Scooby Doo and the Thirteen Ghosts’ which was very entertainng for my brothers and I aroun 10 or 12 years old.

    Very funny you playing the head CE, and tthe head that would freak me out indeed.Ashamedly I do not skate despite being a hockey fanatic but I do know how to use my elbows and fight if I must; the jersey pull over the head works every time but many of these skills have been learned from basketball in junior high and high school. If you’ve ever seen senior high or even university basketball, girls basketball, is much more vicious then men’s.

    Pulling hair, scratching with long nails left long, earrings being pulled out (though they should’ve been removed and much use of elbows, shoving and whatever else. Useful a time or two in the bar, but nothing too bad 🙂

    Thanks for including me in your story and Hugs to you as always CE. You too Al as you were so afraid!

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  2. Haha I loved that. Not sure if Mandi would have been the first out of the door, or if I would have scooby-dood before her. Great story. Made me laugh


  3. Mandie Hines says:

    Haha Great story! Mystery, intrigue, a dash of horror, and a fantastic ending. I enjoyed the inclusion of the Sunday Photo Fiction members as characters in your story. 🙂


  4. What a laugh riot of a story. Laughing my guts out though am unsure how others of the SPF firmament feel about this utterly delectable tale. Well written Ceayr, and with your usual wry sense of humour.


  5. lol…and still laughing. Love it.


  6. James says:

    Ha! Got ’em.


  7. Fame at last 🙂
    A Very funny story involving some of those Sunday photo fiction crowd. I noticed you were giggling too by the end of reading that aloud! Well, so was I!

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  8. I can always rely on you to inject a bit of humour into the proceedings. Nice one CE

    The Dummy – a creepy short story


  9. Varad says:

    hahaha! That guy is one hell of a prankster. Absolutely loved this one, CE. Cheers, Varad


  10. Love this, especially the end


  11. a bit frightful in the beginning and then funny at the end.
    Loved the way you included the SPF members into your story.


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