Sleepwalker – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: C.E. Ayr


The demolition crews had nearly finished tearing down the building. It was a shame because the photo-realistic mural, covering the building and depicting killer whales at sea, was beautiful.

Three people stood before it. Officer Kennelly said, “Are you sure, Ma’am?”

“It’s him,” moaned Sharon. “He always did amazing things while sleepwalking.”

Kennelly turned to the demolition foreman. “How’d he get in there?”

Victor shrugged. “You’re askin’ me? I found ‘im like that.”

Kennelly keyed his radio. “Dispatch? I need an artistic consultant.”

“What for?” replied Dispatch.

Kennelly stared at the man walking on water, within the mural. “We need to get a guy out of a painting.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields collects photos from fellow Fictioneers and offers them as a writing prompt for Flash Fiction. This week, C.E. Ayr offered a great one. Look here to see the stories other folks wrote about the picture above:


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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34 Responses to Sleepwalker – Friday Fictioneers

  1. tedstrutz says:

    Clever take, Eric. You and Shey need to bring Hannah to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to see real Orca Whales… and photograph Bald Eagles, Hawks, Foxes, Bunnies and, well that’s enough for now.

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  2. Could you say he was absorbed in art?

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  3. gahlearner says:

    That picture looks far too real for paint. This, and a sleepwalking genius: magic. Fun story.

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  4. Now there’ a twist I didn’t expect…of course that is the point of a twist! Duh! πŸ™‚ Clever writing.

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  5. Hahaha! I love it! The guy is walking on water in the painting. I would like to be a little fly on the wall and watch them get him out. LOL


  6. ceayr says:

    Clever and funny.
    Love it.

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  7. Lyn says:

    Imagine the fun you could have if you could put yourself into a picture or photo. Very imaginationing Eric πŸ˜€


    • EagleAye says:

      “Imaginationing.” I like this word! It could be cool if you could move in and out of pictures. You could be a “fly on the wall” very easily. Hmm. I feel a story brewing here. πŸ˜‰ Thanks much, Lyn!

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  8. I love the layering of this story, Eric–first, art (photograph) of art (mural) further artificed by you (writing). You could take this little gem at surface value, but then you’d miss some of the wonderful underlying features that, to my mind, further blur the reality/unreality boundary. Great speculative story from the beautiful photo (and mural) prompt.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I do enjoy dancing about on the reality/unreality border. It’s like that magical time right at sunset when it’s neither day nor night. I’m glad you enjoy such things. It’s that Ray Bradbury influence that takes me there. Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  9. Dale says:

    What a fabulous take! Love it!

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  10. gravadee says:

    Woow, superb
    Lovely take on the prompt

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  11. Dear Eric,

    I’ll bet Dispatch has never gotten a call like that before. Clever and unique take on the prompt. Very enjoyable read.



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  12. i b arora says:

    that was brilliant

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  13. Oh, always expecting the unexpected from your. An excellent story.

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  14. Dave says:

    Jesus, I told you to take a RIGHT at Albuquerque.

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  15. Margaret says:

    Love this. Very entertaining. I feel for poor Sharon – always having to rescue him from his sleepwalking adventures, by the sound of it.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. This isn’t the first time she’s had to find him. Hopefully, they can get him out, but that’s another story. πŸ˜‰ Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚


  16. Indira says:

    Very nice, loved it. Nice imaginative take.

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