Sunday Photo Fiction – June 18th 2017

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Eagle Eyes

He stood above the threshold gates guarding entry and had been for centuries.
No-one knew who was responsible for such an intricate statue, there was no mark, no record of the artist, nothing in the archives.
It was just…………….  there.
Of course people liked to speculate, but the common theme was always his guardianship, and legend had it that should he no longer be there, misfortune would fall on the village.
Being a superstitious lot steeped in ancient customs and traditions, none wanted to test that theory and so he remained in situ,  forever alert.

There had almost been a revolt when archeologists wanted to take it away to study.
If they had, they may have found that it had once been real.
They would have discovered evidence to suggest that the bird had simply spread its wings to dry and been ‘frozen’ forever in time.
That would not have been the most interesting factor though.
Even the top scientists would be flummoxed as they pondered the question:

How?

(171 words)

 

 

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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13 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – June 18th 2017

  1. Something very creepy to be able to freeze a bird in time. Good story.

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    The statues are perhaps all frozen in time, so were photographs. Till we learnt Photoshop and Instagram filters.

  3. Both spooky and mythic, the story leaves you with a funny, unsettled feeling when you’re done reading. Lovely job!

  4. michael1148humphris says:

    If the spell breaks when the bird is removed from the stone. I can see another story.

  5. Reminder to self – never dry yourself whilst standing atop a building! Nice one.

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Interesting mystery! It sounds like the truth is even more extraordinary than the myths people built up about it.

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