Beware A Politician’s Gift #flashfiction

She remembered two things from her first day as a minister – all political careers end in failure and nothing’s forgotten more quickly than a reshuffled minister. And here she was being reshuffled to let ‘Big Beast’ Bertrand Collins back in now he had won a by election.

Elise felt cheated. The PM’s oily sincerity while his people analysed her, checking for signs of rebellion. He hadn’t stayed in power for so long without such checks. And Elise couldn’t – didn’t want to – hide her disappointment. ‘Take a break,’ he said. ‘Use our island. Be pampered.’

Here she was, in tropical splendour. All sorts of fun and now this. They were to take a cast of her, like at Tussauds. She’d noticed the figurines already, lifelike if a little chilling. Maybe they seemed out of place here.

They wrapped her, while she sipped a cocktail and dozed.

Her brain felt fried. How could she be still wrapped up and why were they carrying her downstairs?

As the men tilted her upright she realised the awful truth and what it was about the eyes of the figurines that has so disturbed her.

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 two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com 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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22 Responses to Beware A Politician’s Gift #flashfiction

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Arrrrrrrrrrgh 😱

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    Ooooooooohhhhh! Reminds me of “House of Wax” 😱😱

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reminds me of Carry on Screaming, but really creepy!

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    Smart placement midway through the story this line of irritation: “…and now this.” It sets up a rouse for the reader so the chilling end grabs us, smashing her thoughts of inconvenience. Great story!

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  5. Ritu says:

    Now THAT is creepy!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. This somehow reminded me of the Stepford Wives – a book I found horrifying at the time – and now realise is probably factual, like your story 🙂

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    I guess the moral is, don’t doze off if you’re a politician !

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  8. Anabel Marsh says:

    I think one or two of them escaped and came back.

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  9. Who’d want to go into politics after reading this? Me? Yes, Minster. 😀

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