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.
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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.