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.

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

© 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.

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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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