Dead – 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’s
cool prompt is supplied by Kathryn Forbes, perhaps a relative of our exalted host.
I went to a predictably dark place.

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© Kathryn Forbes 2009

Click here to hear the story read by the author:

I am bored.
It is really dull being dead.
I am stuck inside this sacrof, safroca, em, coffin, a big stone thing, not a lot of room to move about.
Did I not tell everyone when I was alive that I was claustrophobic, yet they still just bung me into this wretched box?
And I am not allowed out, that is one of the rules.
There are lots of rules when you are dead, I bet you didn’t know that.
Like, for instance, I can’t tell anyone about what happens when you die, about the light and the tunnel and the clouds and everything, none of that stuff.
And I can’t just nip out for a bit of haunting, there’s a few folk I could cheerfully scare into a change of undergarments, I can tell you!
Not even just a wee look round, maybe pop in on the pretty girl next tomb down, might be nice.
But no, stay put until you are told, or else.
I can’t tell you what or else means, that’s against the rules too, but it sounds quite hellish.
Ah well, I better just relax.
At least it will soon be Hallowe’en.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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25 Responses to Dead – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. I enjoyed that. Halloween certainly sounds like it could be a spot of spooky fun for them.


  2. James says:

    So he gets to go out each Halloween? I once wrote a small story like that, but it was about a person who was horribly disfigured. On Halloween, people just assumed it was a mask.


  3. Excellent poetry! Excellent picture and great voice! How I wish I had time to write something about today,.


  4. Mandie Hines says:

    That was quite a humorous piece for being so dark. I have to say, I’d rather enjoy hearing more of this story. I’m sad it’s over.


  5. emmylgant says:

    Fun read CE!
    I’ll stay home on Halloween and lock windows and doors.


  6. Hmmm, pretty girl tomb. Are you sure she wouldn’t be worth a little bit of peril?


  7. Reena Saxena says:

    I like this. Many of us are bored of being dead, and do something just to feel alive.


  8. I’m intrigued as to how you know so much about being dead – is there something you haven’t told us?

    Click to read my PhoFic!


  9. and i thought rules have to be followed in one’s life-time only. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Nice to read from the point of view of a dead person.


  10. Good story as always. It would be sad to shame if you had to lie in the same place for an entire year at a time. Mind you, it would make Halloween a lot of fun!


  11. JS Brand says:

    Darn! I suppose I’ll have to finish all my acts of revenge while I’m alive. And I was so looking forward to a posthumous career as a vengeful poltergeist. Good story CE.


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