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Friday Fictioneers – Monster

10 June, 2016

Writing is a strange, elusive pursuit. Rochelle sent this week’s prompt pic


as normal: This week a re-run image from Douglas M. MacIlroy. All day I was trying to find a way in, a usable plot I could build my 100 words on, but no joy. All I could think of was the story I wrote last time, and I was on the verge on reposting and having a week off when my internal centipede found what it was looking for. I had, for an unknown reason, been humming “All you have to do is dream” by the Everly Brothers all day. And suddenly the connection was made, and from nowhere a fully-formed plot appeared. Thanks centipede.

You can read everyone else’s stories over in Frogtopia. And then, read mine below. Don’t forget to comment!


It’s always the same dream.

I am hiding behind the cushion sanctuary I have built in the conservatory; curled into a squealing nine-year-old ball, legs coiled inside my skirt. Dad, on leave from the sub, is searching for me, chasing me. He’s wearing that old diving helmet, the one that terrified me, and he’s a roaring sea monster. He finds me and as he lifts the helmet, I wake. Relief engulfs me.

For a moment.

Then I recall the day the commander came to the door. Mum, her voice strained and shaking, sending me upstairs.

And then, always, I remember.



  1. Omg the feels in this one. From happy to sad in barely a breath. Great piece

  2. The scary Daddy motif used with great effect here. You could almost miss out the penultimate paragraph and leave us to fill in that tragic detail

    • Thanks Neil. I did consider taking out that sentence, but there was the suggestion then that the father was not innocent and I didn’t want that.

  3. Very sad, and quite realistic.

  4. The internal centipede did it again – excellent little tale.

  5. I do love the tragedy of this.. the playfulness going over to the tragedy and to games never played again

  6. Would you mind if I quoted this (with credit and link to your page, of course) in a blog post?

  7. Awww…that’s so sad.

  8. Sad story . I like how you connected the memory of dad playing to the loss.

  9. Good story, RG. How sad to remember like that. A great twist at the end. Ah, the Everly Brothers. They were my favorite group. “All You Have to Do is Dream “. Is one of my favorite songs. Well written. —- Suzanne

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