Welcome back Alastair Forbes, and thank you to Joe Owens for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This flash fiction challenge asks that the writer create a story that uses the subject of the photo prompt to create a story using about 200 words. Here is the photo and my story entitled “The Effigy.”
“That tickles!” exclaimed Otis.
“Hold still,” replied Mortimer. “I have a few more strips to go.”
“My nose itches.”
“Hang on there, buddy. I am almost done.”
Sitting patiently he did his best not to move. “Are you done yet?” asked the impatient Otis.
“It is just about set, so hang on.”
The timer bell rang. Mortimer approached Otis. Grabbing the edges of the plaster cast, he gently pulled it off his friends face. This was just in time too because just then Otis sneezed!
“Did we do well?” he asked.
“Perfect!” said the smiling Mortimer. “We have one more step and then we are done for now.”
Grabbing a mixing bowl, he added alginate and a bit of water, and then stirred. When it was ready, he grabbed a tray and using a putty knife, he smeared the alginate into the arch.
“OK, now, open wide Otis.” He pushed up the arch onto his friend’s upper jaw. “Bite down.”
With the top jaw done, Mortimer set out to the bottom jaw. Soon they were finished.
Mortimer would soon become a premier sculptor. At his first showing, he received a number of accolades for his realistic dragon effigy named Otis.
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Thank you Al for the amazing photo that inspired this story! And to you too dear reader for taking the time to stop by! Be well and have an splendid Sunday!