NATURAL BEHAVIOUR

Melinda trembled as she dialled the number. She bit her finger nails, holding the ‘phone to her ear, praying she would answer.

Out the window she watched Indigo and Lake running round the garden. They seemed so happy, but…

The voicemail service answered. She swore and hung up, then re-dialled. ‘Come on,’ she muttered.

This time her call was answered.

‘Melinda, it’s Sunday, I’m with my family,’ Doctor Rutter did not sound pleased.

‘But he’s done it again, and now his little sister laughing along.’

‘What exactly has he done?’

‘Crushed it dead, a spider. He took such joy in it. Why would he do something like that?’

‘Melinda, we have spoken of this. It is perfectly natural behaviour. He will grow out of it. You really must stop over-reacting like this.’

Outside, Indigo called his little sister over. ‘Look what I found.’ He held up the wriggling worm. Then he put it down on the slab, picked up a loose brick and smashed it down. They stared at the blood and smear that remained.

‘Imagine we could do that to something bigger?’ He looked round at the rabbit hutch that sat against the back of the house.


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Copyright James Pyle

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding. For more details visitย HERE. For a change, this story is autobiographical as I have recently started cycling to and from my work.

To read more of the stories based on this weekโ€™s prompt, visitย HERE.

39 responses to “NATURAL BEHAVIOUR”

  1. Creepy as all hell Iain

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    1. The fun in taking an innocent photo and turning it into something else! Thanks.

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  2. Oh, don’t like the sound of this at all Iain!

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    1. It may not end well, especially for the bunny…

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      1. Hubby used to do pest control and rabbit stew or pie was often on the menu, but the thought of a child and a brick………………….. (shivers).

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  3. Chills… I used to tell on my brother for torturing insects….

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    1. I hope he took your advice and stopped at insects ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Horror of horrors, I predict a grim future for this pair. What a story, from such a innocent photo. Well done

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    1. Thanks Michael, that was my challenge to make something threatening from a happy prompt.

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  5. Ahh! No! So creepy, so well done.

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  6. This is not a good sign. I see bodies and headlines in his future.

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    1. Perhaps someone will intervene in time!

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  7. Today a worm tomorrow a rabbit – watch out Doctor Rutter!

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    1. He might end up being a target in the future, you never know!

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  8. Well that’s horrifying.

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    1. Good, that’s what I was aiming for ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. And that’s how it starts. Appearances can be deceiving, can’t they? Hope they figure it out soon! Great take, Iain, but sometimes I wonder about your mind…

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    1. Don’t worry Janet, it’s all just fun fiction…! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Chilling. The mother has good reason to be concerned.

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    1. Certainly does, hope someone believes her soon!

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  11. OH my gosh! You do know how to add just the right “chilling” effect to a story! I was agreeing with the Dr about the Mom being too dramatic and then … it all changed!

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    1. That was the idea, we always tend to over react and worry, but occasionally someone is going to be right to be concerned!

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  12. Creepy, but a good story.

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    1. Thanks Jennie, hope you’re well ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Youโ€™re welcome, Iain. All is well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Nice and a bit creepy.

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    1. Exactly what I was aiming for ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. chill.. that was a creepy story..

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    1. Yep, never a way to kill a cute rabbit that isn’t chilling!

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Thanks for the reblog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. A regular Dexter Jr., this one.

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    1. Well if the law won’t provide justice…

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  16. Deliciously dark, unless your children are gradually increasing the size of the things they crush in the garden. I wonder when Dr Rutter will decide to intervene.

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    1. You would think the rabbit would be enough for him to start worrying! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Ahem! Slightly taken aback, especially coming from you. However, very well written, but then that’s your wont, isn’t it, Kelly.

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    1. Thanks Neel, nice to give you a surprise!

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