Eye of the Beholder

© Barbara Taylor
© Barbara Taylor

“This next one I call ‘Frozen Skyline’,” said Paul gesturing to the framed photograph.

Trevor regarded the image with a keen eye. It showed the back of a person sitting on a snow covered bench looking out at the tall skyscrapers of Manhattan.

“This seems a bit… mundane for you, Paul,” said Trevor. “I mean, considering…”

Trevor gestured around the gallery at the dozens of macabre pictures that adorned the walls: Close-ups of bloodshot eyeballs, a hearse with a long funeral procession following it, chipped gravestones covered in vines. The painting before the two men seemed out of place.

Paul laughed. “It would seem that way, wouldn’t it? But I came across that man, a bum, sitting on the bench, frozen to death. I have no idea how long he’d been there, but people just walked past him without ever noticing he was a corpsesickle. So I took the shot.”

Knowing he was staring at a dead man forever captured in time sickened Trevor. He savored that feeling.

“And you want how much?” asked Trevor

“Ten thousand.”

“Sold,” said Trevor.

[This is my entry this week into the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge, hosted by Priceless Joy. A photo prompt is given and writers are encouraged to create a short story of 100 – 150 words, + or – 25 words.]



19 thoughts on “Eye of the Beholder

  1. Yeeks. Imagine having that on your wall and actually enjoying the knowledge that you’re looking at a dead person.
    I need to incorporate “corpsesickle” into a story somehow. Shouldn’t be too hard!

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  2. Okay, I’m torn between wanting to laugh at “corpsesickle” – I’m going to have to borrow that word from you every now and then – and wanting to be slightly horrified at the thought of a dead person sitting there for who knows how long and nobody’s noticed.

    As always, you’ve penned another twisty and well-written piece!

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    1. I’m begging to think I should change the title of this story to “Corpsesickle”!

      I think humor and horror go nicely together, like peanut butter and jelly or chainsaws and funny masks made from human skin. Enjoy both. 🙂

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      1. I think Corpsesickle is definitely much more attention-garnering than Eye of the Beholder.
        And I take it you’re somebody who enjoys peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while wielding chainsaws and donning human-skin masks? o_o


  3. Corpsesickle! 🙂

    Great story, but also a reminder to look up sometimes. Sometimes we are so into our phones, our own life and problems we don’t see suffering going on right under our noses.

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