Friday Fictioneers – Don’t Look Now

ff061113Hermes Pepperman’s friends had normal names. Being six years old it was easier to have a normal name. Just because his grandparents had been mad enough to call their own son Zeus, did his Dad really need to repeat the joke?

Walking home from school, Hermes was once again being teased by Susie Vernington.

“Hermes, Smermes, Germes,” she snorted.

From up ahead there came a faint hissing noise; the setting sun’s rays suddenly cast writhing shadows on the sidewalk. Hermes squinted to catch a glimpse of the approaching figure.

“Oh, hello Auntie Medusa,” he grinned.

Susie’s taunting froze mid-sentence; in its place followed the sounds of grinding stone and muffled, girlish squeals.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

29 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Don’t Look Now

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Paul,

    I feel Hermes pain and laugh at his vindication. On the subject of modern names, you don’t really want to get me started. I decorate cakes for income. A popular name for girls currently is Nevaeh. Spell it backward. Yeah. Not kidding. Last week, I had to write, “Happy 1st Birthday, Messiah” on a cake. You just an’t make up these things.

    Good story,



  2. CherryPickens

    I am a fan of Medusa, especially when she’s still up and walking about. How could I not love this story? Beautifully done, with just the right touch of humor – especially the rhymes on Hermes.

  3. talesfromthemotherland

    Bravo, Paul! The opening lines really drew me in, great storytelling! This is really good writing, and a compelling story. It reminded me of Harry Potter, in the way it felt real and magical at the same time. I look forward to your stories each week; another fun addition!


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