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Sydney and the Devil – Storybook Corner

Here is my submission for February/March Storybook Corner, a 100-250 word monthly photo prompt hosted by Adam Ickes. This month we have a photo of an arid landscape and, I think, some water.

Here’s the logo:


Here’s the prompt picture:


And here’s my story, “Sydney and the Devil“.

Sydney lay on his back, the burning sun slowly roasting his helpless body. His skin felt like a hardened burning sheath, his fevered mind picturing it crisping like the skin of a well-roasted turkey.

How had this happened? He thought he’d taken every precaution, yet here he was, barely able to move, the water leached out of his body to the point that even his thoughts had become scrambled. Where was he? He couldn’t remember. All he knew was the blinding light, visible even through closed eyes, the pounding in his head, the scorching pain of his skin.

It was almost funny. He’d always liked a nice bit of sun. In his delirium he tried to giggle, but only a rasping groan escaped his parched throat, prompting a spasm which took almost a minute to subside (he thought, though all sense of time evaded him).

Suddenly, looming over him was the face of a monstrosity, a face at once both strange and familiar. Its gaping maw opened.


The Devil! The Great Deceiver had come for him! Surely his life had not been led so badly? He tried to rise in supplication, to pray for salvation, but his damaged body betrayed him and he succeeded only in falling off his sun lounger.

“SYDNEY!” came the voice again. “If you’ve got sun stroke again, I swear you’ll never have another beach holiday as long as you live, you…”

The voice faded away as Sydney’s brain mercifully shut down in self-defence.

  1. March 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I think somehow, some when, Sydney chose poorly. 😆


  2. March 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Talk about sun worshippers. Sheesh. Reminds me of that long ago afternoon when I fell asleep on the beach at Coney Island and woke up roasted and ready to be served.


    • March 8, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Ouch! Many people have had a similar experience, I bet.


  3. Lyn
    March 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Poor Sydney, suffering twice over. Seems a little unfair 🙂


    • March 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      For sure. He’s really going to get it when he recovers 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  4. March 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    And I was hoping for a happy ending! Shucks!


    • March 9, 2015 at 8:09 am

      I’m afraid once Sydney recovers he’ll be in the dog house 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  5. March 9, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I was waiting for him to burst into flames…. as I sometimes do when I foolishly venture out into the sun.


  6. March 9, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Hilarious once again, Ali. 😀 I was wondering if it was going to be something like that when I started reading, because I’m familiar with the great twists in your stories. The funniest part was that he imagined his wife to be the devil. Poor Sidney. It “will” be a bit like hell for him when he comes around. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • March 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

      One day I’ll write something with no twist just to fool people 🙂
      If I were him I’d fake unconsciousness for as long as possible.


  7. March 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Oh dear! I think Sidney is in for some unpleasant days ahead. Great story with a brilliant twist. 🙂


    • March 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      I think so too. I doubt he’ll get another beach holiday for a while. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. March 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Sydney obviously never learns from past mistakes – once bitten, twice shy doesn’t register with him. Silly man … I thought at one stage we were heading for a gargantuan hangover, but this is much more original – and very funny. 🙂


    • March 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      No, it’s obviously not the first time he’s fallen asleep in the sun!
      You guys are getting wise to the fact that there’s usually a twist at the end of my stories 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • March 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm

        Please don’t stop doing them! You are the master of all things twisted, Ali! hehe. 🙂


  9. March 10, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Haha. That one gave me a good chuckle. Love the twist. Methinks Sydney is going to have a rough recovery.


    • March 10, 2015 at 8:18 am

      I think so, yes. His wife has had enough of his sunbathing accidents.


  10. gentlestitches
    March 10, 2015 at 2:53 am

    LOL! You are hilarious daliman. I had no idea where that was going until it got there! 😀


  11. May 3, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Do you know what happened to Adam Ickes’ blog? It has a privacy lock on it.


    • May 4, 2015 at 7:42 am

      No – I hadn’t noticed, but I don’t get many post notifications from him any more. Maybe he’s updating the theme or something.


      • May 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        I hope he comes back. But there are a few of my favorites that have stopped blogging. I think they got tired and move on. I sometimes wonder about me. Right now I can’t imagine not blogging, but I guess at some point, I too my say enough.
        But not today. ;0)

        Liked by 1 person

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