Friday Fictioneers – The Collector

Copyright- Jean L. Hays

Photo Copyright- Jean L. Hays

The Collector (99 words)

“And this one here…”

“Um, I should probably…”

“Oh, but you’ve only seen half of them.” Mrs. Mullins reached for yet another sun catcher. “This one here I captured on the west coast of Florida. Dolphins, they’re fantastical in real life. Couldn’t bear to leave without a souvenir. This one…”

On and on she went, sun catcher after infernal sun catcher, most of them appearing to have captured more dust than light. Beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds. Dolphins, kittens, puppies.

It was the cherubic child with her hands over her mouth that caught my breath. I could have sworn she blinked.


Friday Fictioneers (n): A world-wide community of writers addicted to writing 100 word stories based on a photo prompt provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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25 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Collector

  1. What began quite mundanely resolved into a chilling tale! I like it. I do a lot of encaustic art, where embedding (in wax) plays an integral part, so I understand the ‘urge’! 🙂

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