Sunday, February 19, 2012

Magpie Tale # 105

MAGPIE TALE #105


He knew it was odd,
that it didn't belong there
on the side of the road
out in the middle of nowhere,
that they don't exist anymore,
and they were never lit with neon light.
But he wanted to believe
and he yielded to the temptation
to check it out and rode his bike along side of it
and stood there not knowing what to do.
And that's when he saw the prophet's image
in the glass just as the phone rang.
He leaned in and grabbed the black receiver
without thinking of the consequences.
"Hello," he said.
And as he did, the neon light began to pulsate,
and the booth shook and a howling sound sucked him inside.
He screamed, but no one heard him but
...the voice on the other end...
"Number please,"
He screamed and screamed and screamed as he felt his ear sucked into the receiver,
then his head, shoulders, hips and legs.
One last scream as the rest of him followed,
until he was no more.

The booth stopped shaking
 and the neons stilled themselves
...lighting up on the dirt road like a beacon in the night
 for the next believer.

34 comments:

  1. this is a tale from the crypt! But aside from that, this story represents for me, at least, what the past wants to do to us all, and the future too! Good one!

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    1. I like that!
      yeah, I saw a tale more like twilight zone

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  2. oh heck yeah...turn this into a short story...awesome suz

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  3. Wow! This was amazing.... and really scary. I will never stop at a phone booth again, at night, in the middle of nowhere... neon or not.
    I'm a believer just reading your story.
    Cell phones rule...maybe.

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    1. ha you are so funny...!
      it is a perfect space for other "space"'
      glad I gave you a chill

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  4. Got me from start to end... Nice...

    JJRod'z

    Ps... Have a great week ahead Suz... Say hi to your husband... Hope you are both doing good...

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    1. Thanks Jj...we had a great weekend in Galena Il
      junk store hopping, eating at diners and bird counting
      terrifc

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  5. Way scary! I wonder where he went... that could be part 2.

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    1. naw...let it end in your mind....linger a while
      glad I scared you a bit too

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  6. This was great Suz! I swear I saw him swirl all up into the receiver, but the picture never changed. I am a little worried about him, is he all gone, really no more? Or just somewhere else? Will you ever let us know?

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    1. oh good...you saw him swirl!
      it all happens in your mind
      ... he is gone gone gone

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  7. The tec verson of a venis fly trap...

    Wander

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    1. wouldnt a whole series on phonebooths be fun?!

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  9. Yay! A cannibalistic phone box! I love it! :)

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  10. Did he go to heaven or Mars? An excellent sci-fi tale...and stay away from shimmering booths! Fab...

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  11. glad you liked it.....I looked at the photo and just began writing...so who knows

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  12. Wow what an intense story Suz....awesome writing!! :-)

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  13. Thanks Carrie, I have to laugh for where I began I had in mind a phone capable of connecting to the past....sort of a sentimental story...and whamoo.....something darker took over....and thus this magpie.....scary huh...the mind ,how it works....?

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  14. This is pure Twilight Zone stuff ....

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  15. Scary stuff Suz, I agree very Twilight stuff.

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  16. Vivid, imaginative, powerful...

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  17. not much to add to what all have said....just GOOD...and thanks for sharing your words Suz

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    1. Hello Wayne, thank you for leaving a comment anyway....and I like that it was a
      " good" one! :)

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  18. That's it! I'll never go in a phone booth again. Wonderful story!

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