Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge now presented by Susan Spaulding, who has just taken over from my old friend Al Forbes.
Welcome aboard, Susan, and thank you for continuing this great weekly prompt.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
The photo this week is by me – hooray! – taken in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on a recent visit to my native land.
It shows the bahookie of Sir Roger the Elephant who has resided there for over 100 years.
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A taxidermist, I tell her again, I preserve dead animals.
Oh, how horrid, she says.
No, not at all.
I explain to her that it is a scientific process, requiring much knowledge and many skills.
And there is quite a demand for it.
Not only from museums and other exhibitors but, increasingly, from people who want to remember a beloved pet.
I invite her to visit my workshop in the basement of my house.
I want her to view my art, as I consider it, and to appreciate it.
She is dubious at first, wants to know if I live alone.
I reassure her that she will meet my parents there.
I don’t mention that they died years ago.
Well, I had to start somewhere, didn’t I?