The Picture

A weird event of fear...The wall clock was ticking, and the ceiling fan whirred. The old door creaked as it was opened.

His eyes traveled across the sitting room. There were several framed images of dead people hanging on the walls. From dead grandmama to dead grandpapa, down to uncle Chunky. He thought about how they died, he knew the reason was not farfetched. His eyes now settled on the most recent photograph. Cold hands gripped him and he began to fidget, soon there will be a service for him too. He had tried running for his life when his mother asked the photographer to take their picture for a family photograph. But he knew it was too late when his legs were soon suspended in the air.

The man who was well known in his community for photography, the one who murdered and hung pictures of his victim on the walls of his shop had arrived. He envisioned his obituary being announced soon and a solemn service declared on his behalf. He was heaving breathlessly as he stood beside his mother, the photographer not paying attention to the gloom written on his face, did his job.

He was shocked and relieved that he did not die immediately after the picture was taken. Maybe death would come after it has been framed, he thought. He was dying inside while he waited. But after the photographer brought the framed picture home and days later met him alive. He could only question his notion afterward. He looked at those pictures again and heaved a sigh of relief. Only death can explain why they were no more, he thought. He had thought taking a photograph was behind their deaths.

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