‘Car keys?’ he asked the woman sprawled on the ground, arm fishing around down the drain.
‘House keys.’ She looked up, squinting at the silhouette of the man. He was dressed in red and orange checks.
‘Perhaps I can help?’
She pulled herself up. ‘Feel free.’
Instead of getting down to look in the drain, the man took out a flute, and began playing a jaunty ditty.
The woman heard faint squeaking. A wave of scurrying approached. A wave of brown and black fur swept out of the drain. A sea of rats.
The tone from the flautist changed. The rats stopped, turned and disappeared down the drain. Left behind on the road was a selection of keys, rings, mobile phones, money and one bloodied knife.
Her red ‘I ‘heart’ Paris’ key ring stood out. She picked up her keys. ‘Thank you.’
‘I should give you something,’ she dug out her wallet and handed him a ten euro note.
‘How refreshing,’ the piper smiled. ‘Do you have any children?’
‘Two,’ she answered, unsure of the question.
‘Tonight, keep them locked securely in their room.’ He doffed his cap and skipped away playing another tune on his flute.
Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visit HERE.
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