House Guardian – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about a dramatic change in life but familiar things still remain, begins after the photo.

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Photo by: Adam Ickes

House Guardian

Val found the stuffed ram’s head while helping unpack. “Oh Karen! Let’s throw this out.”

“That’s Craig’s,” sighed Karen. “He said it was the House Guardian.” She hung it in the entryway.

“Sweetie, it’s been three years. Time to move on.”

“I know. I still want a memento of him.”

“Hey, I’m pooped. Let’s run out for a frappuccino.”

Later, the women returned to Karen’s new house. Just inside the door, they found a man laying on the floor, unconscious, lockpicks still in his hand. Above him, the ram had a balaclava in it’s mouth.

Karen winked at it. “Thanks Craig.”
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Each week, wads of willing writers wax poetic in this weekly writing challenge called Friday Fictioneers. 100 words from a photo prompt, stimulate sundry stories of special skills and surreptitious sallying. Look here for more stories from the photo prompt above: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/18-july-2014/

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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41 Responses to House Guardian – Friday Fictioneers

  1. onceuponaurora says:

    I did a “haunted house” bit too, although in mine, the ghost owns the house. Yours was spooky, mine is silly.
    http://dothedead.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/an-attic-fraught-with-peril/

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  2. Bah! That was a wild ride! I’m always a fan of inanimate objects coming to life, and this is so much better than Toy Story! ๐Ÿ˜€ Really clever humor here. I’m sure Karen’s never getting rid of that thing!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Me too. I just love stories like that. Karen is definitely keeping it forever. It’s already proven its value. Glad you enjoyed it. I really appreciate hearing your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Lyn says:

    Well, there’s one thief who will think twice about breaking into someones house again. Nice one Eric. I always look forward to seeing a Momus News notification in my mailbox ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yes, and I’m sure he’ll be wondering what the heck happened for many years while doing time in the state pen. Thanks so much, Lyn. Likewise, I always smile when I see a notification from you. Thanks for being here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Indira says:

    Very nice. I was wondering what you will come up with. Superb as usual.

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  5. Jan Brown says:

    What a great security system–I want one!

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  6. Archon's Den says:

    Word Nazi says “lying” on the floor, but cute little story. ๐Ÿ˜†

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  7. Dear Eric,

    Gone but not forgotten. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice twist at the end. Or should I say twisted humor? Good job.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. Sandra says:

    Fantastic security system. Good one.

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  9. Judah First says:

    And much more attractive than a Gargoyle! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great job!

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  10. OOOHHH!!! That’s funny. Well done!

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  11. JED says:

    I think that it’s a keeper.

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  12. Great story though I must admit that I read the word as “baklava” at the end, rather than “balaclava”, and wondered why the man was feeding the goat baklava. Then when I realized the word was “balaclava” I had had no idea what that was, except maybe a musical instrument, so I scrambled to my dictionary, and suddenly the ending took on a new face (pun intended). Thanks, Randy

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! This is one of the funnier comments I’ve read in a long time. Truth be told, when I see balaclava, I think baklava too, because…it’s tasty and good. Puns are highly prized here at Momus News. Keep ’em coming! Thanks so much for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. hugmamma says:

    Hmmm…I might get one of those! Can never have enough security measures. Great story!

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  14. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear EagleAye, Good story – and who would of ‘thunk’ that a ram would be better than a thief catcher! Good job! Nan ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Thanks, Nan! Those thieves should be very careful. The ram will lower his head and give them a piece of his mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much for the lovely comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. EagleAye, I’d like to hear the ladies explaining to the police about what happened. Funny and well written. ๐Ÿ™‚ —Susan

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hmmm, that would be interesting. “No officer, I I have no idea why the man’s balaclava looks chewed by a goat. I realize the imprint on his skull looks like that ram’s horn, but honestly, we were getting coffee. What? Why are you looking at me like that?”

      Thanks so much Susan. I’m glad you got a laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. J. D. Hager says:

    I really enjoyed this. That ending is perfect. You turned the creepy rams head into a hero.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Yeah, even creepy ram heads can do good things, especially when inhabited by the ghost of a protective husband. Glad you liked it, and thanks for stopping by!

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  17. rgayer55 says:

    I wonder what would have happened if she’d brought a new lover home? That would make a great story, Eric. See what you can do with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. AnnIsikArts says:

    I like this cross-genre story. It’s a love story brought to an unexpected ending (death). It’s a ghost story. Well done in only 100 words.

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