The Darker Side of Daylight

Β© A Mixed Bag
Β© A Mixed Bag

Larry perspired profusely in the sweltering mid afternoon sun, despite the gentle breeze that blew through the park. It was almost as if that weird comet passing by the earth was cranking up the thermometer. The scientists on the news had warned that it was emitting bursts of strange radiation. People had been warned to stay inside while it passed. Larry had scoffed at that. He never missed his daily walk.

With the sun at his back, he glanced of his shadow. Frowning, he noticed a tail protruding from his backside. He spun around, trying to spot whatever was causing the illusion. Just trees and park benches. When he returned his gaze, he saw the tail had disappeared, but now there were two strange spikes atop his shadow’s head, like horns. His hands felt his scalp. Nothing. He checked behind him again. The scene remained the same.

Puzzled he turned back and gasped. Only grass greeted him. He no longer cast a shadow.

How?

Larry felt a cold stinging on his legs. His heart beat wildly in his chest. Slowly he cast his eyes downward.

Larry screamed at what crawled up his leg. He’d found his shadow.

Word Count: 197

[This is my entry into the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Alastair Forbes. Write a short story of 200 words or less from the photo prompt provided.]

~V

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26 thoughts on “The Darker Side of Daylight

  1. Wow, terrifying for Larry. Doesn’t seem like the smartest guy, not staying inside to avoid radiation, that’s Cancer causing Larry! But what is truly scary about this story, is that he can’t see his shadow until it is crawling up his legs! Surprising and has me wondering what happens to poor stupid Larry. Well written:)

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      1. Hehe. He’s a good character. I’m wondering what I should call you? You always call me by name and I’ve been on your blog and can’t find one. Is there a name/nickname you like to be called when you blog? Thanks.

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