Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Mary Poppins, her two charges and Dick Van Dyke get into a sky gondola when suddenly: Werewolves of London.

(Translation: stop prompting me with the bloody London pics, Al 😉 )

Sunday Photo Fiction prompt courtesy Alistair Forbes

Sunday Photo Fiction prompt courtesy Alistair Forbes

“Did you get a look at him? When he got on?”

The conductor gave a slow nod and stared up the laundry line of gondolas, each car a pinata of frantic passengers bouncing on in the wind. Except for the one, of course.

“Well then? Tell me. What did you see?” Constable Plod shifted impatiently as the conductor tried to gather his thoughts over the shout of approaching sirens.

What had he seen? More than he ever wanted to see.

“They were just ordinary folks I guess. Woman and two kids.”

“But the man.”

“Ordinary fellow. When he got on, that is. But then he—” The conductor clenched his jaw, remembering. Just a man, in a simple flat cap, with a smudge of soot on his face, until—

He shuddered.

What the fellow had turned in to was neither man nor beast. A creature so terrifying it had yet to be wrought by pen or film. And what happened next—before the CCTV went black–before the nanny and her charges vanished behind a film of blood and gore was too horrible to put into words.

“Are you ready to bring it down?” the constable asked.

The conductor swallowed. He would never be ready. He reached for the lever and pulled.

I daresay my limited American vocabulary for things British may be spent. But just in case you don’t want to risk more clumsy tales like this from across the pond, I demand one round-trip ticket to Heathrow.

This has been an edition of the Sunday Photo Fiction Prompt, hosted by Alistair Forbes. To read more or to submit your own, click the blue froggy button:



  1. Love the mashup. It’s a jolly ‘oliday with Mar—ARRRRRGHHHHH!

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    1. Yer too kind. This wouldn’t be palatable even with a spoonful of sugar.


  2. This made me smile because I could only picture the man as the Dan van Dyke and the only horrific thing about him was that accent…

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  3. Perhaps a spoonful of sugar does more than help the medicine go down. Combining Mary Poppins with werewolves is brilliant and now I think I love you! lol Great story, K.

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    1. Glad you liked it! I am truly sorry though, because I will never be able to separate werewolves and Mary Poppins in my mind again.

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      1. I think I share your fate. Fortunately for me, I’m ok with that image…lol.

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  4. You didn’t just have Dick “worst English accent ever” Van Dyke kill off Mary Poppins did you? Fun 🙂

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    1. To be fair, the English accent as I read this aloud to myself was much, much worse 😉

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  5. mandibelle16

    Oh no. Poor Mary and the children!

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  6. Well, I guess that does away with any possibility of a sequel. Great description, Karen. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  7. Jesse Raven

    good story! Loved the mashup 🙂 As for Al’s pics, you have to embrace the opportunity to research something unknown – ha ha! I’ve spent some fun time with Al’s photos, google & my imagination.

    Nicely done!

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    1. I agree about the opportunity to learn. Plus I often surprise myself when trying something unexpected. Thanks for reading!


  8. Don ‘t worry, this week’s one isn’t London

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    1. Oh too funny. I right-click-search-google-for-this-image and it told me it was the London Air Line. Shows you how much Google knows. Now I’ll have to find another excuse to beg a trip to London ;-). It was a good prompt–many places to go on that one. Thank you for hosting SPF!

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    2. Oh I gotcha, you mean tomorrow’s? (Or maybe it’s already your today’s…?) Looking forward to it!

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      1. Yeah today’s one. Although it is late as I set the time wrong. I set it to post at 4pm rather than 4am :-\ It’s sorted now though.

        The cable car was by the O2 arena in London.

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      2. I’ve done that myself. I just checked the prompt–now that’s a fun one!

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      3. It’s the problem when setting something to post from a few days before. It was fun creating this photo as well.

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  9. I thought it was the Emirates Air Line over the Thames. Curious to see where this was. I know those Doppelmayr cars are used all over Asia.


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