Alastair’s Photo Fiction – This is Me, This is My Life


She’d heard all the jokes. She smiled. She occasionally laughed. At times she cursed her parents. Mr and Mrs Croft hadn’t even owned a computer. Perhaps that was the problem. They just liked the name Lara.

The nearest Lara had actually come to raiding a tomb was when she bought that thing in Finnegan’s Antiques. She’d gone in there with him. She always felt the need to impress. Him  a Classics graduate from Cambridge. Her a secretary at a firm of accountants.

“Oh that’s lovely. I must have it” she remembers gushing. He just looked at her vacantly. She was mortified. It was the last day out they had together. He’s now married to some society girl or other. Doubt he even remembers Lara.

Lara doesn’t try to impress people anymore. She even grew to like that thing. It sits in the corner of the lounge acting as a reminder. Be proud of who you are. The real Lara Croft!

These 150’ish words represent my entry into this week’s Photo Fiction challenge on Alastair’s WordPress siteThe picture is copyright of


12 thoughts on “Alastair’s Photo Fiction – This is Me, This is My Life

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks Gabriella. Had fun with this one. Was actually going to have a death near the end but changed my mind. Glad I did. Fits better this way. Thanks again for reading and commenting.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Cheers Alastair. Yep, original thoughts were to have her kill another man who looked down on here. She’d end up in a secure unit of sorts. Changed my mind. The story just seemed to go in this direction as I was typing!

  1. zookyworld

    Awesome that she grew to like the statue and learned not to try to impress people. A good story of growing and learning — she has a great name to be proud of!

  2. EagleAye

    At last, the true origins of Lara Croft are revealed. Just think. This little idol spawned computer games and Hollywood movies. A powerful idol indeed!


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