Don Perdomo – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction. I really struggled with this photo prompt. Hopefully the story entertains. It begins after the photo.

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 276

Copyright: Alastair Forbes

Don Perdomo

Ciceron Oquendo stared in awe as the wrecking ball swung again and again. Repeated abuse had not even scratched the seal of Don Perdomo and the aged building around it. Two more swings with no more effect, and the operator shut his machine down. Furious, Ciceron screamed at the operator, “What are you doing? We are not finished!”

A cackling sound nearby interrupted his fury. Ciceron whirled and saw an old man sitting on a palette.

“What are you laughing at, old man?”

“This building will not break,” he replied.

“It WILL break!”

“It will not. You see the seal of Don Perdomo?” He gestured with his cane. “He is cursed to protect the village of Banyala forever.”

“What are you talking about?”

“In 1552, the king tasked Don Perdomo to guard the village from Moorish raiders. After a week of battles, Perdomo lost many men, and his courage. He tried to flee.

“The village brujo tried to stop Perdomo, clutching at his cape, and begged him to stay and protect the villagers from certain death. Perdomo drove him away at the point of a sword.

“Angry, the brujo cursed Perdomo’s soul to guard Banyala forever. Ever after, every structure he touched would bear the seal of his cowardice and be guarded by his spirit from destruction.”

“Fantasy! You waste my time,” spat Ciceron. He turned to see the wrecking ball operator had fled. Ciceron cursed foully and turned back to the old man.

He was gone. Nowhere to be seen. All that remained was a metal disk embedded in the wood of the palette, bearing the seal of Don Perdomo.

Each week, Alastair Forbes presents an original image as a writing prompt. 100-200 words written based on the prompt is our challenge. Here is this week’s prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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15 Responses to Don Perdomo – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. Al says:

    Haha I like that. Poor old Don Perdomo. Eternity making a building stay put. I wonder if he will ever have his curse lifted, or if it will be the town on the edge of forever 🙂


  2. high five and raspberries says:

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again..don’t mess with a brujo lol


  3. Terrific little tale, very well told.
    Thank you.


  4. nightlake says:

    a fantastic tale. Poor Perdomo..the curse is a price for cowardice..


  5. An excellently woven tale 🙂


  6. julespaige says:

    I like where this went. Turns out going back and forth with Alastair on this… the seal on the gate is guarding and abandon church. Possibly aided years ago in construction by the Baron of Dover.

    Thanks for your visit. Not sure where Magarette and Mark are going this week. 😉


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