‘What is he doing?’

‘I have no idea.’

‘He’s just standing there.’

A small group of onlookers stopped on the sidewalk to stare at the man standing in the middle of the intersection.

‘Did he just come out of the manhole cover?’

‘Should we ask if he needs help?’

The lights changed. Yellow cabs swerved past, horns blaring. The man didn’t seem to notice.

He wore a black trilby and a grey trench coat. With a last look round, he stepped back to the manhole cover and slipped back down, replacing the metal disc behind him.

‘Huh,’ shrugged the onlookers.

The lights changed to red.

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above). Time traveller? Screwball? Tourist? P.I.? You decide, I have no idea what he was doing there or where he was going!

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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92 responses to “JUST VISITING”

  1. Huh. Maybe he just feels safer in the sewer with the rats and gunkies. Or maybe he has a secret tunnel that leads to his magnificent hideaway under a mountain somewhere 🙂

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  2. Creative, Iain. I liked this one. It seemed like he was a human “prairie dog” lost and looking around … or like Bugs Bunny once said in a similar situation, “I KNEW I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.” Good job!

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  3. So intrigued by this fellow and where/when he came from! I imagine a Victorian sewer inspector who took a really wrong tunnel.

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  4. See… He came up at the wrong place and rather than look sheepish, he owned it, made like that’s what he wanted to do all along and then disappeared!

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  5. I’m guessing he’s starting a new society underground. The one we have up here seems to have fallen into shambles. He was probably checking to see if it was worth coming back up. In less than 100 words, he decided it wasn’t.

    When I was a kid, I told my parents they were not my parents. I used to live in the sewer, and I came out to live with them. I have no idea where that came from. I don’t think I knew what the sewer was. I wouldn’t last 30 seconds in a sewer.

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  6. Iain, I am thinking “It” the clown? 😮

    Stephen King IT’s gotta be!

    Your 100 words have let our imagination run helter-skelter.

    Good one!

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  7. I clapped my hands in delight…reminds me of “Enchanted”…a Disney movie that poked fun at the princesses…but your version has dark intrigue and spookiness – just ripe for a fabulous story.

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  8. Perhaps he decided that the world was not yet ready for him, and he returned to his sewer for some peace and quiet. His anomie having developed from repeated lockdowns and society’s response.

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    • I like the idea of him turning his back on the world and searching for some peace – like you suggest, the recent months have found a lot of us wishing to do exactly that! Thanks James.

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  9. This one really made me laugh for some reason. I felt like oh here’s the point in the movie where the hero emerges from the sewer, as viewed by a bystander glad to be just a bystander. =D I like it.

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