The World’s Most Expensive Diving Helmet

PHOTO PROMPT Β© Douglas M. MacIlroy
PHOTO PROMPT Β© Douglas M. MacIlroy

The moment Jake saw the old diving helmet in the thrift shop, he knew he had to have it: A fantastic Halloween costume!

Driving home, he stopped at his sister’s house to show off his new acquisition. Theresa hated it and told him he’d wasted his money. Jake opted for a second opinion and walked into the family room where his two young nieces were playing. Their reaction was not what he anticipated.

Months later while checking his mail, he spied another bill from the therapist that was treating his nieces for emotional trauma. Sighing, he reached for his checkbook.

Word Count: 100

[This is my entry into this weeks Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Use the photo prompt to create a short story in 100 words or less.]



36 thoughts on “The World’s Most Expensive Diving Helmet

  1. An indictment of today’s world. πŸ™‚ I remember one or two good scares when I was a kid but you just got on with it. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Nice piece.


  2. Dear Chris,

    When I was a small child I was terrified of my cousin’s tape recorder microphone. Don’t ask me why. I still remember the shape and look of it but I’m no longer scared. Cute story.



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  3. Brilliantly done πŸ™‚ When I was at university we had a guy who tried to traumatise everyone by wearing the scream mask and black cape thing on Halloween. Unfortunately for him, he was 7 feet tall and the only person who was that size. As a result, everybody was opening the door and simply saying, “Hello, John.”

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  4. Good story, Chris. I think kids today are on overload. There are too many scary things. I also think they look to the adults around them to know how to react. The mother in this case made much too big a thing over the helmet. She must be a nervous wreck and the kids have to live with it. She’s apparently marked them for life. Poor Jake. He innocently walked into that situation. Well written. —- Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. That’s an interesting perspective. Were the girls hypersensitive because their mother is uptight and maybe passes along a lot of that stress to them? Could be.

      Glad you liked it and thank you for commenting (as always). I appreciate it. πŸ™‚

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