Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2018!

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction-December 17th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Crime Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


It sat there on the desk, a harmless snow globe. Or was it? A friend had given it to him at school that afternoon.

“Hey, dude. Some man said he saw you and to give you this. He said to remove the plastic base.”

Jack Holder couldn’t remember anything before two months ago. When he woke up in the hospital he was told he’d  been on a skiing trip with friends and was the lone survivor of an avalanche. A tall blond man said he was his father, had paid the bill, and taken him home.

The guy said he was Mark Holder, they had just moved, and no one would know him at his new school. His mother was supposed to have died in a fire that burned their home three years before.

Jack took the globe home, unscrewed the bottom, and found a telephone number.

When he called a female voice said, “Drake, this is your mother. As soon as possible, go to the police station on Plymouth Street. I’ll be waiting there with proof. You were abducted by someone twelve years ago and I hired a private detective. I’ve reported it to the police.

















25 thoughts on “THE SNOW GLOBE

  1. Wow, that would be terrifying for a kid who doesn’t even remember his family. I hope he goes to the police, even to confirm what his real mother said. Scary stuff

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    • Thanks, Ali. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Being his mother reported it to the police and has proof it seems it’s the truth. The man he believed to be his father has moved them, probably to escape detection. I’m optimistic he’ll be okay now. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. Happy to have caught another of your flash fiction stories, Suzanne. This certainly opened up a lot of whys and what-ifs. I found myself wanting to know why the abductor had paid what I imagine was an expensive hospital bill in order to keep/gain this kid. And had he really been in a ski accident? or was this “hospital” something more nefarious (a lab?)? And what had his life been like between twelve years ago and two weeks ago? What had he known? Or was the woman wanting to meet him at the police station actually not his mother after all?

    That all means … it’s good flash fiction!

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