A mess everywhere

The image is from Viktor Forgacs at Unsplash.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a broken fashion doll in pieces on the ground. The head is intact, most of the torso is there, there are two legs with feet and one arm with no hand.


When I walked into the kitchen, I noticed that there was broken glass all over the floor, there was dirt on the clean kitchen floor as if someone had broken a planter, and most surprisingly, a broken doll was lying among all this debris.

Who could have done this I wondered, alarmed at this act of aggression.

I quickly looked around and there was no other damage. The back door was still locked and windows too were secured. The broken glass was from my big water pitcher that was always on the kitchen counter. This mystery was beginning to irk me for I could sense that I was missing something important but couldn’t place my finger on it.

Then it struck me!!!

Phil, our cat was nowhere to be seen. I called to him and could hear a faint meowing in the pantry. I opened the door to the pantry and after taking one look at Phil the whole mystery was solved.

Phil was sitting there, my Christmas cactus plant was lying in a heap of dirt from the broken planter, and there was a dead bird caught in his paws which had dirt on them.

I think that the broken doll must have been inadvertently buried in the planter soil, and while Phil was trying to catch the bird he might have knocked down both the glass pitcher and the planter. His idea was to appease me by giving me the broken doll that he had dug out of the dirt and if that didn’t make me happy, he’d give me the dead bird too, as a gift.


In response to FFFC # 214, hosted by Fandango

Also included FSS # 92, hosted by Fandango

And Greg’s 4 line Fiction





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