Memento Mori #writephoto #shortstory

Sue vincent skulls

Mr Jericho smiled at the taunts of the children. He was a monster, a wizard, a warlock, they said. ‘They’re just me dogs,’ he said as he waved at the three skulls lined up by the wall. ‘Terror, Nightmare and Horror.’ He grinned as the children’s eyes widened. ‘Lovely dogs. They really enjoyed young flesh.’
Amanda Pennet ushered her children away. ‘Don’t frighten them, Mr Jericho. Please. I know it’s been tough.’
‘Yes, I loved them dogs.’‘Oh yes. Of course.’ Amanda looked away. Poor man, hiding his loss behind his love for his dogs. She looked again at the three skulls.
Mr Jericho followed her gaze. ‘Some folks might think it odd. Seeing them there, together, just like they used to sit in the sun, but it makes me feel better.’
She nodded. ‘I’ll explain to the children. They won’t bother you again.’ He’d suffered enough, losing his dogs and the his wife. And if he wanted to put the dogs’ skulls on display, well there wasn’t any real harm, was there?
Inside Mr Jericho stood by the half-pulled curtain and watched them go. Once he was sure they were out of sight he pulled on his gloves and made for the scullery. In the large copper the flesh was beginning to float off his wife’s skull, causing a fatty scum to congeal on the surface. Mr Jericho spooned it away before pushing her skull under the liquid. ‘Where shall we display you, then, Doris?’

This is my response to Sue Vincent’s latest #writephoto prompt, here

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to Memento Mori #writephoto #shortstory

  1. Erika Kind says:

    😱😱😈😈 Awesome story, Geoff!!! Wow, loved the twist you gave it. Fantastic. I love such stories a lot!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    That really was a gruesome twist I wasn’t expecting! !!

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  3. That’s a cookery lesson I never thought I read about. Nice twist, Geoff.

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  4. Oh gross (brilliantly of course). 🙂

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  5. trifflepudling says:

    Eeuw!! Shall have nightmares!

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  7. jan says:

    OMG – Stephen King, move over. A new king of horror has arrived!

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  9. KL Caley says:

    Hehe! Excellent, so dark! It almost needed a cry of manic laughter at the end (or was that what you were doing while writing it? – lol). Great job. KL ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  10. willowdot21 says:

    Sometimes I wonder about you !! 😉

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