Alastair’s Photo Fiction – Pandora’s Box


She’d heard it all a million times before.

“How’s ya box Pandora?”

“Woah, don’t open the box Pandora!”

She was a bit strange. It didn’t hurt her that people thought that way. Pandora Waghorn had lived in this small, end of the line town all her days. It was her father’s box. She’d loved her father dearly. He’d doted on his Pandora. She swore to him to keep it close.

Pandora slept soundly that night. The box was in its usual place by her bedside. He was in and gone in moments. Her snores went undisturbed. The bedside table was now empty.

I’ll see what’s in this friggin’ box. That Pandora. Stupid cow. Should be in a mental home. Right. Hmmm. Damn this is tight…..Ah, nearly there…Got it!…Wha…What the….!!

Pandora Waghorn continued to snore. The box was once again by her bedside.

Across the street his face remained frozen in shock as they zipped up the body bag.

This is my entry into this week’s Photo Fiction challenge on Alastair’s WordPress site. The picture is copyright of

17 thoughts on “Alastair’s Photo Fiction – Pandora’s Box

  1. paulmclem Post author

    This was real Flash Fiction. From seeing the prompt to publishing was inside 45 minutes. Love these prompts. Can’t get enough opportunities to write!

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Liked the idea of using a famous title but in a modern, comic horror setting. Just a bit of fun. Well not so much fun for the bloke who opened the box but that’s what you get for being nosey!

      1. paulmclem Post author

        Hope you can get a few of the FF crowd to use your prompts. As writers surely there can never be enough opportunities to show off!

  2. EagleAye

    History repeats itself. Don’t these jokers know to stay from a box belonging to a girl named Pandora? Great story. Love the last line.


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