REDUCED TO MATTER (fiction/realistic)
By Neel Anil Panicker
‘SIX HEAVILY DECOMPOSED BODIES FOUND; MASS SUICIDE SUSPECTED’.
Sebastian slammed the newspaper aside and then launched into a tirade.
“It’s not this godforsaken city or its netherland neighbourhoods or even the narrow secluded near dark alleys that spiral out of nowhere. It’s not even the lone decrepit house or even the four asymmetrical rooms that it holds within its folds human lives that once mattered but have or soon would reduce into matter. The fact of the matter, the starkly, brutally disturbing fact of the matter is that human lives have turned into the lowest forms in the entire totem pole of life beings.”
‘You sound excessively rattled today, Sebbie. Pray, did you take your tablets?’
“Exactly, did I take my tablets? Did I have meals? Am I feeling well? Has that abdominal pain that had been troubling you for the past fortnight now lessened? You ask me umpteen questions, and I reply back to each dutifully. We do this all day and well into the night. And guess what we do this because we care. We care, therefore we inquire. At times we also fight, and may be cry, and then like we laugh it all of. Right, dear. And we’re pushing out seventies. But then there are some out there who have none to care of and care for and share their lives. Ultimately their benumbed minds grow gnarled roots from which birth skeletal claws that spring forth and squeeze out the last single breaths of their luckless, loveless lives.”
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Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s photo is by Fandango, about whom, I am embarrassed to say, I know nothing. But I did once skip a light one before turning cartwheels across the floor.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.