Sunday Photo Fiction: Trapped

38 12 December 15th 2013

copyright Alastair Forbes

“Mommy, why does she looks so sad?”

Erica grimaced at Heather’s question. She glanced over at her boyfriend, Tom, busy scratching his armpits, making faces and “ooh, ooh” sounds. She frowned and turned back to her daughter. “She misses her home and family, sweetheart.”

Heather looked up, her blue eyes wide. “Why don’t they let her go home?”


“Because it’s just a big, dumb animal, squirt. They don’t really feel,” Tom said as he smirked.

Erica glared at him. “Tom, could I talk to you a moment?” she asked through clenched teeth. “Stay here, honey. Mommy will be right back.”

Erica walked off and started arguing with Tom. He threw up his hands and stormed off after a few minutes. Erica strode calmly back to her waiting daughter. “Mommy, why did Tom leave?”

Erica realized the glass enclosure let Heather witness everything in the reflection. She sighed, then mustered up a smile. “Well, honey, he’s just a big, dumb animal, and we’re better off.”

Tiny fingers intertwined with hers and the two moved on to the next exhibit.

Word Count: 179

Sunday Photo Fiction

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Happy Reading and Writing!

J. Milburn


8 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Trapped

  1. Proud of mom for getting rid of the big goofy man. 🙂 Great job….I am still clueless as what to write for this one.

    • Thanks! My first thoughts were to write about the capture from the point of view of the gorilla (I’m sure that doesn’t help matters 😉 ). Just let it percolate for a bit, I’m sure you’ll come up with something good, as always 🙂

  2. Oh very true. The biggest and dumbest animal 🙂

  3. Unfortunately, I know a few Tom’s. I don’t think I’m one! Nice story.


  4. Wonderful entry! I especially love the fact that she kicks him out of the group. Good example for her daughter 🙂

  5. A lot said in such few words. Loved it!

  6. I married a “…big, dumb animal” once, and yes, it is better without him. 😉
    Well done!

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