Sunday Photo Fiction – A Scary World Out There (in your head)!

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photograph © Alastair Forbes

Trapped in A Vortex of Negativity

“Hey, I tell you it’s a scary world out there.” Jerry said.

“I think it’s all in your head.” His best friend replied. The two were sitting in the warm den near the fireplace, mugs of coffee in their hands.

Paul waved toward the window. “Just look outside into the forest. It’s frightening. Weird sounds and I’ve heard people are going missing. Bad things are happening everywhere.”

“You’ve heard, yes. but has anyone actually been lost in our forest?” Paul held his fearful friend’s gaze with his own level one, waiting for the response and then he motioned to the window and the beautiful forest scene unfolding outside. “The sun is coming up, it’s going to be another great day. Enjoy the day Jerry, enough with this negative crap, already. There are always bad things going on somewhere, but no more so than at any time in history, maybe less.”

“Yes but they say…” As Jerry stopped for another drink of his coffee Paul interrupted him.

“They say, they say … it’s all in their heads too. You know what Jerry, I’m sick of all this.” He stood up banging his cup down on the table. “You all need to come to your senses. I’m going home.”

Jerry watched as his friend headed for the door calling out to him “It’s dangerous out there Paul, would you like me to walk with you to your house?”

Paul snorted, shaking his head sadly as he looked back at his friend before heading to the doorway, derisively adding “Jerry, I just live next door.”

Paul could be heard to mutter to himself as he slowly opened and then closed the door behind him. “An emotional epidemic, that’s what this is and it’s contagious, everyone thinking, saying and writing all these negative things. When will they see it’s all in their heads.  Thoughts are things and they’ve created this condition with their thoughts. They’re trapping themselves in a vortex of negativity.”

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For more information about Sunday Photo Fiction where the photograph is the prompt to your imagination, click here for the details. Alastair will be your guide. And, while there, be sure to click on the little blue guy for more short stories by some great writers!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great Sunday and week to come,

~ Penny

12 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – A Scary World Out There (in your head)!

    • Hi Danny, Thank you. I was speaking in general, and not at any one person, but I know you knew that too, and are just having fun with anelephantcant, who does write some gruesome ones, sometimes! 🙂

  1. It is a great story and one so true for today! One thing of note: Your last sentence…the first they’re maybe should be a they’ve? Reads easier that way…Hugs and loved your story Penny! ^..^

    • Thanks Alastair, actually I admit to being a little tired of it all. btw, I am seriously thinking about making Thursdays sci-fi day on my blog. Do one book or movie review, classic or modern sci-fi/fantasy (no dystopian) and then post a second blog that is a sci-fi writer’s challenge based on the style or story from the review and yes with a photo of same. What do you think. I respect your opinion on this. Thanx! 🙂

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