Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction. Story begins after the image.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 199
Dreams To Be
” ‘ere now. There’s a line!” Protested a man waiting in line for ice cream.
“I’m on maneuvers,” said Lieutenant Cosset, cutting in at the front of the line.
“Wot? On Sunday? In the bloody middle of London?”
Cosset ignored the man and the murmurs of others waiting. He addressed the ice cream vendor. “I understand you have the best ice cream in London. What’s so great about it?”
“It is magic ice cream,” replied the vendor. An ancient man, heavily wrinkled with twinkling eyes. “You become what you dreamed of when you were a child.”
“Magic? Yes that’s nice for the kids. I’ll have a…”
The vendor smiled and handed him a Daquiri Ice in a sugarcone. Cosset’s favorite. Stunned, he paid wordlessly and sat down. Soon he was lost in thought, sitting in the sun with his ice cream.
When he finished, he found himself cutting in line again. He paid for the ice cream of all waiting in line, and brought a cone to a homeless boy watching nearby.
Lieutenant Cosset walked away feeling good; feeling like the chivalrous knight he always dreamed he would be.
That ice cream was indeed the best in London, he thought.
Each week, Alastair Forbes presents one of his own photos. We have the honor of writing 100-200 words based upon the photo prompt. Anyone can join in on the creative fest. That means, you! Here’s the original prompt: http://alastairsphotofiction.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/photo-fiction-august-11th-2013/