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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Magpie Tales: red sofa

The police officer handed Lila a photo, and asked: "Do you recognize this?"
Lila screamed and grabbed the photo, ripping it into small pieces so quickly the officer couldn't stop her. She continued screaming as pieces fell to the floor, and couldn't stop screaming when he tried to get her to calm down.
As her screams grew louder, Lila thought of the red couch and all she had seen happening on its cushions, even though the photo showed it without cushions, there in front of the grey brick wall.
Louder and louder she screamed, brushing pieces of the photo off the skirt of her too-large dress. The arrival of a female police officer did nothing to soothe her.
Eventually, a nurse came in, and Lila screamed even louder. She screamed until her throat began to hurt, and only when the pain in her throat became worse than the pain in her heart, did her screams gradually begin to decrease in volume, then in frequency, then to fade. But the memory didn't fade, and Lila never spoke, or screamed, again.

To see the photo Lila saw, visit  Magpie Tales.
If I am unable to comment on others' tales about the photo, please forgive me. I've left my dog and her daddy with the job of guarding the house while I visit friends and relatives on the west coast of British Columbia. I'll be home next week and back to my big computer! Whew!

12 comments:

Jinksy said...

Creepy story! lol

anthonynorth said...

An intriguing tale with a mystery as to why. nice one.

Berowne said...

Powerful writing...

SquirrelQueen said...

Quite an unnerving tale. It makes one wonder why a red sofa would cause such distress to this woman. The sights must have been horrific. Well done Kay.

kaykuala said...

Kay,
Sure creates the mystery around it. What happened must have been hard to bear. Great write! Enjoy your sojourn and come back with lots of pics.

Hank

Jo said...

OMW, Kay! I'll pop over and check the red sofa shortly. I'm SO glad you're visiting friends and met up with Penny!Isn't she a sweetie with such a big heart for others. I hope we can meet one day too. Enjoy your travels! (((Hugs))) Jo

Martin said...

What did she witness? Couldn't have been good.

Trellissimo said...

Who knows what goes on in people's minds?

Brian Miller said...

safe travels while you are away...love the intensity of this and makes me wonder what she saw in the couch...

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

WOW! What an interpretation...I want to know what brought about such strong reactions...more, more, please. Well done.

Isabel Doyle said...

Tasteless furniture can have that effect on some people ...

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Oh what did she see? Love it! (Also love Isabels' comment!)

Anna :o]