Sunday Photo Fiction — Off Campus


Henry tentatively walked across the bridge that led away from the campus on which he’d spent the last 35 years.

He stopped every few paces to look back over his shoulder. He looked at the building that housed him. Which window was his, he wondered. On which floor did he live?

He thought about the word “live,” and wondered if living is how he spent his time there. Or was he merely existing, surviving from one day to the next.

A few more paces and another look back over his shoulder. There was a chill in the air and Henry wondered why he wasn’t properly dressed.

A few more paces and another look back. This time Henry saw the two men running toward him. He recognized them and seeing them coming after him filled him with both joy and dread.

The two men finally caught up with Henry, each one gently grabbing one of Henry’s arms.

“Henry,” one of the men said, “we were worried about you. You know you’re not supposed to wander off campus.”

The three men started heading back over the bridge toward the campus. Henry saw the familiar sign that read, “State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.”

(200 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction challenge.

15 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — Off Campus

  1. nkdwhtguy September 17, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Nice twist. My favorite kind of story.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Joy Pixley September 17, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Great foreshadowing that all was not as it seemed — and indeed, it was not.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. James September 17, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I thought maybe Alzheimer’s. Security must be particularly lax for Henry to have been able to wander off.

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    • Fandango September 17, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      I suppose someone may have forgotten to lock the door. I think he may have been a former Equifax executive.

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  4. athling2001 September 17, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    What a great twist. I wonder where he might have wandered to if left alone?


  5. Reena Saxena September 17, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Yet, I would have loved to explore which criminals turned them criminally insane.

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  6. Sunday Fiction October 2, 2017 / 2:30 am

    I fugured there was something to do with his memory, and thought it was a home for people with Alzheimer’s. The twist makes it wholly different. Good story Fandango.

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