Renewal – Scribe’s Cave #8

The Mistress over at the Scribe’s Cave has given us a rather scary photo prompt. Write a piece of flash fiction 50-200 words in length and post your link over at The Scribe’s Cave My story begins after the prompt.

Old Pool Table

“This place gives me the creeps.” Jack looked around the room and shuddered.

“It should,” Thomas looked up from measuring the walls. “it was a morgue.”

Jack’s jaw dropped. “And you intend to live here?”

Thomas grinned. “You have to admit, it has atmosphere.”

“You’re insane!”

“Funny you should say that, because the whole building was an insane asylum.” Thomas picked up an axe and swung it. Jack watched as the pipe on the end wall fell to the ground with a loud CLANG.

“You are going to get rid of that…that table aren’t you?”

“Nope.” Thomas grinned. “It’s staying. Cleaned up with a false top, some holes drilled and a layer of felt, and you have a pool table.”

“You have got to be kidding!” Jack was convinced his friend should be locked away.

Thomas looked at him seriously. “No. I’m not kidding. This place has caused so much pain and sorrow over the years, I’ve decided to make it into a haven for the homeless – especially those suffering from a mental illness.”

Jack looked at his friend with new respect. Losing his younger sister to suicide had changed him – for the better.

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10 Responses to Renewal – Scribe’s Cave #8

  1. Skye says:

    Great job on putting a positive spin on this rather creepy photo!! :)

  2. firnhyde says:

    Oh, awesome! Loved how much you said in so few words here, Lyn. You did a great job of taking the dark and spooky photo and *not* trying to sugarcoat it, in fact, the beginning was distinctly creepy, but the positive ending felt real. Loved it.

    • Lyn says:

      Aww, thanks Firn :-) Yes, the picture had a feeling of “oogyness” about it. In fact, it gave me the creeps. I had to write something to change that.

  3. AR Neal says:

    Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. The Mistress is pleased. ;)

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