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?

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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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.

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  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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