Photo Studio R. E. Ficul

100 words about Lucifer's soul-capturing photo studio
I love this week’s FFfAW photo prompt, (c) Uday  

This is the place, I know it in my bones. Neither peeling paint nor closed blinds slow me down. I push against the heavy wooden door; it opens without resistance or creaking.

Dancing dust motes light up in the sunshine the closing door allows in. There’s a whiff of ancient egg with base notes of mothball. A shrivelled man, hair standing up in hornlike tufts, smiles at me.

‘Um, I need …’

‘A photo which captures your soul while making you look as if you should have been a film star, yes. Take a seat and sign here while I prepare.’

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30 thoughts on “Photo Studio R. E. Ficul

  1. The devil in a photo centre? Stealing the souls of those wanting passport shots? He’s a trickster alright.
    Nice tale, Sonya – feels like it could just be the beginning of something. Though someone told me that’s the definition of good flash fiction – a story that sounds like the best scene from a longer piece. If that’s the case, you’ve got it down.

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    1. Well, he has to take every opportunity he gets, right. And I’ve been thinking a lot about how people didn’t want their picture taken in the beginning because they believed the camera would steal their soul, so I put those together and hey, presto!
      Thanks, Lynn 🙂

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      1. I like the idea very much. Though the poor old Devil would be struggling more these days, with so many selfies being taken. Maybe he’ll get himself installed with an app instead, trapping souls through sheer volume of vanity!

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  2. Very clever! Although perhaps not so clever of her. Plus if I was going to make such a deal with R. E. Ficul, forget looking like I *should* have been a star — make me a star! Oh, and forever young, while you’re at it. 😉

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    1. I think she doesn’t know who she asked to take the perfect picture of her… She’s not very good at reading the signs, poor girl – and all for a photo for an online dating site 😉

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  3. Glad you liked my photo, Sonya 🙂 And my, what an interesting story you’ve carved out of it! Love the descriptions of the interior of the photo center and the “guy” 😀

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  4. “Dancing dust motes light up in the sunshine the closing door allows in. There’s a whiff of ancient egg with base notes of mothball. A shrivelled man, hair standing up in hornlike tufts, smiles at me.” What a great image! Plus, that is the kind of picture I desire? Where can I find this place?

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