Paying the Price #shortstory #prompt

jane d birds

‘I’m having this dream. It starts with me in the dark. Gradually my eyes adjust. At first I don’t hear anything but as the shapes appear the noises start, like a cawing like crows only deeper…’

‘Are they birds?’

‘I don’t know. I…’

‘Are you ok? Do you need a moment?’

‘No. There’s a tremendous cacophony now. Like take off, everything going up. I want to watch but I’m sure they’re about to attack me so I close my ears and that’s when I wake.’

‘This happens every night?’

‘Yes. I’m barely functioning.’

‘And the last consultant suggested what?’

‘Medication. Then drawing what I see. Here.’

‘Goodness. That’s incredible. Like ostriches. Only flying. And their teeth.’

‘What do you think? What should, I do?’

‘Well, your fear is what? They will attack you?’

‘Yes. I have this phobia of birds, all that flapping. I’m sure they are going to rip me to shreds.’

‘Odd then that they are all flying away.’


‘You’ve painted them flying away. If they’re going to attack…’

‘Good heavens, I have. That’s amazing. I feel so much better.’


‘Will I be alright?’

‘I’ll send you my fee and… Mr Johnson? Are you alright?’

This is in response to Jane Dougherty’s microfiction prompt here. In 200 words or less

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. 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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10 Responses to Paying the Price #shortstory #prompt

  1. Whats scarier, the winged beasts or the fee? Lol

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  2. Very thought-provoking. I actually dreamed about dreaming about, dreaming about, dreams last night (if yer see wot I mean).

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  3. And what are the sabre-toothed ostriches afraid of, Mr Shrink? Great story. I think we deserve a sequel.

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  4. “There goes my money… Flying away.” He’s psychic. Wicked.


  5. Pingback: Microfiction challenge Uncharted Waters: the entries – Jane Dougherty Writes

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