PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays
Mr Quail would strut down the local alleyways, along the garden paths, peacock feathers nodding from his pork pie hat, an early warning to those who valued their privacy.
His lapel badge read ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, the letters written in blue marker pen on a circle of grubby card, a safety pin taped to the back.
‘Always sticking his beak in,’ Gramma would say, sucking her bubble gum pink chops.
One day, the pork pie hat vanished along with its oil slick feathers and its owner.
‘Reckon he stuck that beak in the wrong place,’ said Gramma, smile shining pinkly.
Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers, the grandest prompt around. See here to join in and to read other stories.
More apologies necessary as I’m late again. Work is crazy with no respite on the horizon, so apologies if I don’t get around to reading your story.
- NB For those unacquainted with UK English –
Badge – this is a pin in US English.
Beak – a slang word for nose, so the phrase to ‘stick your beak in’ just means to be nosy.