Stonewall Jock


Scottie Dog“Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment” ~ Plato

This weekend the photo challenge over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Deception.

We asked the question, “Do your eyes Deceive  you?”

Waking up early, before 06:00 AM used to be a curse, but now I relish this quiet time of day. I sip my coffee and take this early opportunity to communicate with some of my WordPress colleagues before my day begins. South Africa is an hour ahead of the U.K. as are parts of Europe, India is four hours ahead, it’s almost tea time in Australia, and it’s still the night before in most of North America. It’s a good time to answer messages, and equally, it’s a good time to chat.

On this particular morning, I finished my coffee and unusually, I fell asleep again. When I awoke, I surveyed the room through disbelieving half-closed eyes.

The walls, the wardrobe and carpet seemed grainy as though everything had been sprayed with a dusting of dirt, almost like a photograph taken without enough light!  Aaahh… a dusty bedroom, my worst nightmare!

Little witch cropped

An eerie cackle came from the corner of the room, I glanced toward the window and perched upon the sill was a tiny witch clothed head to toe in funeral black. My eyes closed for a few seconds, and upon opening them, the room was back to normal.

Stonewall Jock

Later, in the garden, I noticed a strange and frightening occurrence, sitting on the wall and encased in stone was the decapitated head of a Scottish terrier. This was Stonewall Jock; the dog that hours earlier had been in my dream. I stared in disbelief, and my hands began to shake.

Figure with pointy hat 2

Turning away, I spotted another stone figure, a peculiar little man sporting a pointy hat and could that be a hint of a smile? The figure rode upon another, an animal with eyes tightly shut. My confused and befuddled mind wondered what was happening, was this the work of the little witch, had she cast her evil spell upon the garden wall?

stone squirrel

A piercing cackle caused me to spin around, a squirrel that seconds ago was in the high branches of a tree, was now cast in stone, half-hidden under the fir trees.

Stone Creature 3

I turned toward the wall and noticed another unnatural, ice-cold creature had appeared.

My heart began to beat faster and my legs as if laden with lead refused to move. My mouth opened wide, my face distorted as I tried to cry out, but there was no sound, a deathly silence enveloped me and just moments before I hit the ground, the head of my own stone-cold self appeared before me on the wall!

binocular bag

When my eyes opened, I was back in my bed, and the little witch had gone, and perched upon the windowsill, instead of the evil witch was my little black binocular case!

Wow… I really must take more water with it next time!!

© 2019 Photo Challenge Deception from Weekly Prompts

15 thoughts on “Stonewall Jock

  1. That is scary, Sue. It’s funny how dreams seem as real and scary now as when we were children. I have a recurring dream where I’m back at work and can’t cope. It’s awful. 😳

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I love your fantasy, even though it’s downright scary. Still laughing that the evil witch was only your binocular case!! More often than I care to admit I see something that stops me dead in my tracks and I can hear my heart pounding. When I dare to look again, it’s just something innocent and benign, and I can’t imagine why I initially saw something different. Deceiving eyes indeed…..and an overactive imagination, which beats an overactive bladder!!! 😂😂

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    1. Thank you Ginger, I hope I didn’t scare you too much! Amazing how our eyes deceive us especially in a half light. Yes, I agree an overactive-imagination definitely beats an overactive bladder! 😂 Thank you for your comments Ginger 🙂


    1. Haha, so many innocent items and yet our silly minds change them into something sinister! Thank you for adding the scary thoughts of your own imaginative mind 😅


  3. Ha! This was wonderful, Sue! Interesting, too, about all the time differences. I notice the times listed when I post a comment, but never could figure out whose time it was I was looking at!

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