Photo Challenge #207

This week’s image by Alpha Coders.

Some people liked figurines, stamps, books or pictures, but Giles collected padlocks.
None of them had keys though, and were all secured on a meshed frame hung on his bedroom wall.
He was quite shy, but sociable enough and got on OK with his work colleagues. As far as anyone knew, he’d moved in with his elderly brother Jeremy after their mother died.
One day, Giles was absent and there had been no phone call of explanation to the office. The following day, he was still not at his desk, so the supervisor rang his home but received no reply.
At the end of the week, someone thought to pay a visit to his house just to make sure all was well, but no-one appeared to be home.
It wasn’t until halfway through the second week that a neighbour reported not having seen either brother for a fortnight and contacted the police.
Jeremy was in bed, and had been dead for some time. There was a note by his teacup which read ‘I’m sorry.’
They found Giles in his bedroom, staring lifelessly at the wall.
On scrutiny, it was discovered each padlock was dated by month and year, documenting the time since Giles had become responsible for his demanding brother’s care.
Over the years, his own mental state had diminished and he had felt hopelessly chained to his sibling. In his hand they found an open padlock and suicide note, ending with ‘It was the only way’.

Thank you Nekneeraj, this is my contribution written for https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/19271780/posts/1807920101

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 an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. 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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6 Responses to Photo Challenge #207

  1. Michael says:

    That’s a sad tale Di, but you hear of such things happening.

  2. James says:

    That’s pretty sad but I hear things like this happen sometimes.

  3. Sad, but also quite chilling to think about. Great piece.

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