Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below.

Credit: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes

Reading is Fundamental

“Where are we, Harry? It’s creepy.”

“Never you never mind Otis. Your job is to bag valuables, not to ask questions. For god sake try not to break anything this time.”

Turning to opposite sides of what looked like a church but not like any church Harry had ever seen before, the brothers began stuffing their sacks with objects. Harry had watched this place for the last week and when he saw a group of oddly dressed people climb into a van including the strange man who he’d seen daily, he decided that tonight was as good as any.

Harry and Otis have been alone in the world for ages having lost their parents at a young age.  Harry always looked out for his younger brother. He knew Otis wasn’t quite right in the head and would always need him. Otis never learned to read or write.

“I think we’re done. Grab your sack and meet me at the van, “ said Harry.

Otis frowned at a weird piece of cloth with writing on it. The goblet with the skull had been on top of it. He shrugged and placed it in his sack too. Harry could read.

Harry would never read these words…





12 responses

  1. One word … oops.

    Very good Maryann. I can Harry may be a little startled at a visitor who will turn up. Maybe it’s a different Beelzebub. One who sings and dances on the road. LOL


  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ah, if only he had taught his brother to read… Nice take.


  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Bummer for Otis that Harry is supposed to be the smart one – this venture had “disaster” written all over it. And wow, what a terrible time for Otis not to be able to read….


  4. James says:

    I’d say Harry and Otis are toast. There’s true value in learning how to read.

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  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oh Harry, he might regret not reading those words lol


  6. Reading really is essential. I’m lucky I can read things like this story! Nice work.


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