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).
Al’s photo prompt this week made me think of Fireball XL5, a children’s television program from back in the days when Queen Victoria was just a wee lassie. It has the best theme music, and lyrics, of any TV program ever – see link at end of story.
I have no earthly excuse for what I wrote.
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The children will come back.
They always come back.
They will love me as they always do.
I will give them pleasure, as I always do.
I know what children want.
I know what they think will make them happy.
And I know what they are prepared to give in return.
The things that make me happy.
I never take anything that they cannot live without.
So Susie gave me her smile.
Laura gave me her love.
And Benny gave me his soul.
They, of course, are never happy.
Because teddy bears never grow old.
I wait patiently, contentedly, among the other toys at the bottom of this big cardboard box until they come back.
Sometimes it takes a while.
The last time was almost twenty years.
But, I know, the children will come back.