This photo prompt for Flash Fiction for Aspiring writers was kindly supplied by Priceless Joy. Last week I enjoyed writing about a family outing to an aquarium based on the prompt and thought some more of the family’s adventures might amuse (or horrify)
I hope you enjoy the 174 word long…
Little Wendy, Great Aunt Eunice, Grandmamma and Grandpapa Lowenbrau, the “Danger twins” and Mother debouched from the Eiffel Tower and walked up the Champs de Mars to Les Invalides, little aware that they were strolling where thousands of years before all of the Parisi tribe fought the Romans completely in the nude and unsurprisingly lost.
“This way!” announced Grandmamma, waving her umbrella. Grandpapa suspected a wrong turn but said nothing.
Down the Rue de Grenelle they marched and turned into the Rue Cler.
“Look Mummy! I wanna see the horsie!”
Mother looked up on her right and saw a jolly Horse’s head mounted on a shop wall. Was it a saddlery? Perhaps they sold riding clothes?
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The danger twins ran ahead and then turned green and ran back. Suddenly little Wendy screamed.
“Tut tut tut!” said Great Aunt Eunice.
“Boucherie Chevaline” announced the sign in charming Art Nouveau letters.
Little Wendy did see the horsie…horsie sausages, horsie steaks, horsie everything.
Little Wendy started to be violently sick.
“Well this is just typical.” Sighed mother.
About the Photograph: This was not the same butchers mentioned in the story. That one disappeared from the Rue Cler a while ago and now seems to be an innocuous Cafe. The patrons are probably unaware of its previous incarnation. This butchers has also gone from the corner of the Rue de la Montagne Sainte Genevieve and the Boulevard Saint Germain. Even at the time we took this shot it was obviously unpopular with the majority of people who had lost the taste for horse it seems. Vandalism and barred windows indicated what people thought of it. The horses heads above the Art Deco writing added another layer of macabre to the scene.
Something of a bygone era which we don’t care to see again methinks!