Ink Blots – Prose

Written for the  Friday Fictioneers led by Rochelle     A 100 word  (or so) story based on this photo prompt.

Ink Blots

It was a July afternoon in New Orleans.  Hotter than the hinges of hell.  In the office,  a ceiling fan whirred.  The air conditioner,  an ancient window unit,  sputtered.  Buck had waited a long time for this day.  A similar afternoon,  last July,  had not fared well for him.

“What do you think of when you look at this photograph?”  the psychologist asked?

Buck stared at the photograph.  There was a lot riding on his answer.  Maybe he’d finally get discharged.  “Eating a garlic pizza and sushi by candlelight after a day at the beach collecting sea shells.”

It wasn’t any cooler on the outside than it had been inside.


photograph Copyright Douglas M. Macllroy

23 thoughts on “Ink Blots – Prose

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  2. Dear Ellespeth, I like the wish and everyone thinks the grass is greener on the other side. So would I. If it leads to more of the same – at least, he’s free. Nice story for thought! Thanks, Nan 🙂


  3. Be careful what you wish for. Yes?
    I love that you mentioned the shell. I noticed it later, when the picture “became larger” in other FF stories. Sometimes my FF pictures come through cyberspace very very small. Great take on the prompt.


  4. Ellespeth, Good story. At least he got out. It’s hot where we are but not as bad as New Delhi. It’s about 117 F there and there’s no electricity for fans or air conditioners because of a recent bad storm. I’ve never been to New Orleans. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


    • Thanks for passing by, Susan! Yes, we’ve gone without electricity in New Orleans, too, after storms. Old joke there is it’s 100 degrees in the shade 😛
      He got out!


  5. We meet again, Ellespeth. I’ve been in New Orleans in August. Now I live in Florida. It’s 90 degrees at night. Great take on the prompt. Maybe he should have stayed inside. Lucy


    • I’m pretty sure Buck thought too long. It was hot. The psychologist was probably ready for Happy Hour and a Bloody Mary. Thanks for reading, Charles – and for your comment 🙂


  6. Dear Ellespeth,

    Fooling the doctors is always fun. I used to do it to avoid having my sinuses vacuumed. A well written story. Glad you noticed the seashell.




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