Watched – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’
s slightly freaky prompt is provided courtesy of Roger Bultot.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Roger Bultot


Click here to hear the writer read his words:

Watched

I am innocent, I have nothing to hide.
But I don’t like being watched.
There are eyes everywhere, always watching.
I began to feel like a specimen, under surveillance, always being studied.
At work.
In the street.
Even at home.
So I quit my job.
I only go out on the darkest of nights.
I scurry like a rat through the shadows.
I keep the blinds closed, and the lights out.
I barely move.
But still I am being watched.
I know it.
Okay, I admit it!
I am not innocent.
But they can’t possibly know that.
Can they?

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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61 Responses to Watched – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Getting caught will be a relief!

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  2. 4963andypop says:

    I scurry like a rat through the shadows. Perhas im the paranoid one but all of these statements rung true in our camera-crazy age. Funny last segment, changing from Jeckyll to Hyde, from victim to perpetrator, in the blink of an eye.

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  3. I’m not paranoid but I know you lot think I am! Good stuff

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  4. They know… they always do… but why bother with justice if the guilty one will bring the rope himself?

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  5. i b arora says:

    the guilt will keep hurting, even no one was to watch

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  6. lisarey1990 says:

    You’ve written a very vivid & authentic piece about paranoia. Great job!

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  7. Excellent. We are never alone. Someone is always watching.

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  8. I’m intrigued by the last line, “ But, they can’t know that,
    Can they?”
    Who are they? Authorities? Villagers? Purple people eaters?

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  9. draliman says:

    This guy is on a downward spiral for sure. Then, maybe he has cause to worry…

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  10. You should be watched. There’s no telling what you’re planning to do next.

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  11. There’s no hiding place. You’ve really got me thinking now……

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  12. pennygadd51 says:

    You portray the man’s gradual deterioration very vividly.

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  13. michael1148humphris says:

    It is true, the domed building is like a giant eye, for ever watching. No paranoia here🙂

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  14. I think his guilt possibly drove him to paranoia that he was being watched. A very interesting story!

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  15. subroto says:

    It’s probably curtains for the narrator then 😉

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  16. They see everything, they know nothing. Or do they?

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  17. Abhijit Ray says:

    Some mind game is being played with the poor soul. Gradually his lifestyle is changing and he is admitting his crimes. Who is this big brother? Nice story.

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  18. jillyfunnell says:

    You can’t put your conscience in a cupboard and leave it behind.

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  19. Evidently, they can.

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  20. Dear CE,

    Apparently someone knows. Puts me in mind of my paranoid cousin in his failing years. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  21. It is difficult to keep secrets these days. More and more the paranoids are correct. Reminds me of Rockwell’s song “Somebody’s Watching Me”

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  22. Lots of levels to ponder here! Clever take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  23. The unfortunate thing about paranoia is that it’s so very believable. Your story really brings that out.

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  24. That uncomfortable paranoid feeling is expressed so well here. Or they are actually watching him!

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  25. trentpmcd says:

    The eyes are everywhere… great paranoid take.

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  26. granonine says:

    I tried to counsel a victim of paranoia some years ago. Tough going. This is very well written, and catches the paranoia perfectly.

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  27. Rowena says:

    Perhaps it’s not paranoia…Don’t worry. I’ll still be your friend, CE. Your cheque arrived last week.
    Well done.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  28. The sky above is the biggest eye. Good story, Ceayr.

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  29. Iain Kelly says:

    One big eye in the sky. Everyone has their secrets…some more than others!

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  30. neilmacdon says:

    Nice depiction of paranoia

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