Picture it & Write is a weekly creative writing exercise.  Talented writers from around the world submit their own stories based on a photo prompt, flash fiction style. I strive to keep up with this group as it stirs my creative juices and pushes me when I need pushed. You can read the stories or submit your own 250 word, (give or take a few words) story Here.


Slinking through the door she attempted to mingle with the crowd as she peered at the exhibits. While billed as a gallery show for up and coming artists, she knew he was here, somewhere. She could feel his evil. It all looked foreign to her, from the painting of a woman with teeth in her forehead to the sculpted Zebra dangling from a cross.

Then she saw it. A single, subtle skull with a peaceful butterfly perched in an eye socket, disarming yet hopeful, just his style. She watched as well-to-do patrons sipped wine, searching for the next big trend to invest in, all lined up like lambs at a slaughter. She knew that once they were drunk enough, stroked enough and feeling all was right with the world that innocuous looking skull would morph into their worst nightmare. He would come and none would be spared. He would kill with glee and offer the souls to his master if she couldn’t find a way to stop him.

The smell of ozone signaled the beginning. She had to come up with a plan, and fast!

Copyright Jane Kohler 2013

  1. Ermilia says:

    Hi Jane, have you been watching Face Off too? There was a makeup this week of a stone venus flytrap that “the painting of a woman with teeth in her forehead,” brought to mind.

  2. kingsleycw13 says:

    ‘…single, subtle skull…’ what a great line!

  3. Just like watching a horror movie. All the unsuspecting people wandering around. Nice twits girl.

  4. Haha…. impending doom for one and all…
    That was very original; loved it…! 🙂

  5. Anne Schilde says:

    🙂 The Mummy returns.

  6. Eric says:

    Neat take on this pic! 🙂

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