Only Silence

He left the office at noon as usual and headed back to his car, which was still parked right by the shed as he always left it, the back wheels already entangled in the bushes that grew behind. He chastised himself every day for nearly breaking them, but then again he always forgot to re-park the car.

“Hello?” he asked uncertainly when he noticed the man behind the newspaper. He was seated at a slightly awkward angle on the front of his old blue car. The man did not respond. He could only hear the rustling of the paper in the wind.

When he stepped closer, he realised that there was another leg pointing out from beneath his car. Were they trying to break into it, he wondered? It was an absurd idea. One last time he tried to talk to either of the men, but there was no response. Slightly agitated, he walked around to the side of the car to look at the man.

Shocked, he took a step backwards. The man was pale in the face and his eyes were turned upwards. Only then did the man realise that the two men on and under his car were corpses.

© 2016

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, Week of 02-02-2016

Photo prompt provided by

10 responses to “Only Silence”

  1. That’s creepy good! How horrible it would be to go to get into your car and there are two dead bodies on/under it! Leaves me wondering why they are dead? Great story!

    1. Thank you! I sure hope that never happens to me…

  2. That is certainly an unusual take on the prompt and a great read. Brilliant.

    1. Thank you! Upon seeing the picture, my first thought was “oh god, are those corpses?”…

  3. Wow! What a scary find. Two guys doing something to your car and to top it off they are now dead! Did the car do something to them or were they killed by someone else? This story begs for a part 2.

    1. Thank you – maybe I’ll write a part 2 someday, who knows.
      Ooh, that makes it sound like a murder mystery! I was actually more imagining someone placing two corpses there as though putting his murders on “display”…

      1. Yeah, I got that feeling. That they hadn’t been murdered there but placed there 🙂

  4. What happened next? Arrgh! Let me please.

    1. Shock, trauma, dial 911, major crime scene investigation… What’s more interesting is what happened before he found the bodies… 😉

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