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Continue the Celebration (flash fiction)

June 17, 2013

Giving another photo prompt a whirl today: this time for Alastair’s Photo Fiction. There are great prompts out there to fire up sparks of inspiration for fiction. I’m really enjoying these!

Alleyway by Alistair Forbes

The pub’s closed sign like a stern father behind them, the three friends stumbled into the shortcut, their laughter booming up buildings’ backs, shaking slumbering residents.

“We gotta keep celebrating,” Tom said. “Better have somethin’ at your flat.”

“Swear I’ve got some beers left,” Billy replied.

“I’m in a whiskey mood anyhow,” Tom said. “How ‘bout we break into a store, take whatever we want?”

“One robbery’s enough today,” Billy said. Pickpocketing for pub money’s one thing, hitting a liquor store’s another. Probably has an alarm. Can’t push it, or you’ll get caught.”

Red dots shone in the dark walkway ahead, moving in pairs down the stairs. Closer, the furred bodies materialized.

“Rats,” Billy said weakly.

So many red eyes, like torches carried by a swarm of vengeful villagers.

“Let’s get the hell out of here,” Tom said.

The men turned and ran, the rats picking up speed after them.


Photo prompt given by Alastair Forbes. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo copyright Alastair Forbes
Story copyright Dave Williams

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2013 8:13 am

    Whoops 😀

    • June 17, 2013 1:53 pm

      Thanks for the invite. I’ll jump over with your link to check out the writing challenge. Not sure about fitting it into my schedule. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. June 17, 2013 11:43 am

    A nice twist at the end of the story…enjoyed it.

  3. June 18, 2013 10:49 pm

    It seems that rat’s don’t appreciate the street rats giving them a bad name. This kinda reminds me of the old movie, “Williard.” This was spooky and very entertaining. I liked it.

    • June 19, 2013 5:43 am

      I hadn’t heard of that movie, so I looked it up on IMDB. Talk about a creepy synopsis: “A young man with an unusual connection with rats, uses them at his own sociopathic will.” Yikes — what a gift to have. Thanks for stopping by and reading my story.

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