The Last Photo

Photo by: Al Forbes

Monique loved photography and loved traveling. Having an interstellar ship provided ample opportunity for both.

She stopped at Gamma Petreon to refuel. While she waited she roamed the orbital habitat. Happily, she discovered a fellow photography buff reselling cameras in his shop.

Branwyk was rather old, but his cybernetic limbs kept him mobile. His artificial eye glittered as they shared stories. Monique noticed an antique camera sitting on the shelf. “What’s that one?”

“My last camera,” sighed Branwyk, looking misty-eyed. “It’s an Oppenpax SX3275. Not the best hologram resolution, but so reliable! I carried it everywhere, even after I bought better cameras. We traveled to seventy stars together.”

“Looks damaged,” noted Monique.

“Oh, it’s beyond repair. It was with me, of course, when I had my accident.” He gestured at his cybernetics. “No more traveling for me after that. It’s why I opened this shop.”

Monique winced, “Sorry to hear that.”

“Such is life. Have a look.” He produced a hologram. “It’s the last photo I took with the Oppenpax.”

“Wow. Excellent framing. Such a dramatic scene.”

“You’re too kind.”

“No, really. It’s a great closeup of a giant worm’s teeth.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

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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14 Responses to The Last Photo

  1. JS Brand says:

    Very generous of Branwyk to see this as an accident. A funny and clever story.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ouch. The price he paid to get that one great shot!

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  3. James says:

    Ew. Actually, it reminded me that on “Star Trek: Voyager,” the Doctor was quite the holographic photographer.

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  4. Lyn says:

    Watched Empire Strikes Back on free TV last night. Reading “giant worm’s teeth” reminded me of Han, Leia, Chewie and 3-PO taking refuge in a hole, deep inside an asteroid. “Sir, it’s quite possible this asteroid is not entirely stable.” Too bad you couldn’t get a copy of the photo of the giant worm’s teeth 😀

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  5. tedstrutz says:

    Petreon… Yep, I noticed.

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  6. ceayr says:

    Fun story, Eric.
    When I travel I try to avoid wherever giant worms have teeth.

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  7. The shop cost him an arm and a leg 😀

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