Sunday Photo Fiction – 15 December – Who’s the Monkey

Sunday is the beginning of another weekly invitation from Alastair to open our imagination and tell the world what we see in his photo prompt. There is always several rich stories that flow from this interesting photographic offering. If you fancy a short adventure add your 200 words or less and join the fray.

copyright – Alastair Forbes


“I tell you that is not a real Ape!” Leroy declared, staggering as he fought to maintain a perpendicular stance.

“What makes you such an expert?” Nathan slurred. His grip on the bottle was as strong as his breath.

“It’s in the eyes. It looks just as it did on the 1970s televisions shows when they faked it. There is a dude in their filling the spot.”

“Why would they do that?” Nathan questioned.

“It was explained in this National Geographic special I watched when I was a lad. The simians need time to be away. Keeping them on display every day is considered a cruel punishment. So they get a stand in so the apes can get away?”

“Where exactly do they get away to?”

“How would I know? But I can prove it,” Leroy said beginning to scale the glass partition. Nathan squinted as his buddy reached the top of the glass, where the sun was gleaming so bright. Leroy shimmied across and dropped to the ground.

Twenty feet away the ape turned in surprise at an intruder. A grunt, a huff and then drumming on the chest declared to Leroy his assessment was faulty.

“I was wrong!” Leroy screamed.



About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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5 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – 15 December – Who’s the Monkey

  1. EagleAye says:

    Woops! A serious miscalculation. The only thing worse…if the silverback saw him as a potential mate rather than an intruder. Too bad for Leroy. This isn’t going to end well.

  2. kerrieanns says:

    Haha! I saw that coming! I was reading on thinking, you are in for a surprise Leeroy! *insert evil laughter here*
    Great story, had me laughing away 😀

  3. Lynda says:

    Great story! This would most likely happen to anyone foolish enough to enter the gorilla’s cage. That said, I once saw a film on the news of a 4 year old falling in with the gorilla habitat, and the lead male went over to him and began petting him. Strange but true!

  4. Bummer. Leroy needs a huge dose of common sense.

  5. Al says:

    Haha not a mistake he is likely to be able to make again lol

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