Madness

Posted: March 14, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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Wednesday/Friday has rolled around again. It took some time to come up with an idea to go with the photo our Fairy Blog Mother, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, posted this a.m. but here is my 99-word stab at a story.

“Oh, Anne, you know Samuel’s dead.”
“No, he’s still alive. I feel it, here, in my heart.”
“Two years . . .”
“A mother knows if her son is dead. Mine isn’t.”
“But we found his camera. Shoes. And horse bones. All wrapped in vines and decay.”
“No matter! My Samuel doesn’t need those things to live! My Samuel is strong and smart.”
“But he knew nothing about the Amazon. Snakes, gnats, mosquitos can drive a man insane!”
“This was his third expedition. He knew! He did!”

Glassy-eyed Samuel walks silently along the Xingu River. Ten shrunken heads dangling from his belt.

Comments
  1. Has he fallen that much in love with his new environment and moved in?

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Ah. Participant observation

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  3. Have you seen The Lost City of Z? Hollywood version of what might have happened to Percy Fawcett. Explorers fascinate me. Thanks, Neil.

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  4. James says:

    Seems he knows all too well.

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  5. Lynn Love says:

    Wow! Samuel really did learn how to survive. This is a great switch – us thinking Mum is deluded then that twist and Samuel is a head hunter. Fab writing Lish

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    • Oh, thanks so much, Lynn. I truly had my doubts about this one. (As writers don’t we always doubt, doubt, doubt?) I had a friend who was told that her son had died, but she could feel him still existing in the world. And he wasn’t dead just homeless and hurt.

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      • Lynn Love says:

        So this was inspired by a true story? Gracious. Dangerous to hope, though – one could waste a lifetime hoping. And you’re right about the self doubt, though at least it makes us try harder! 🙂

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  6. Jelli says:

    Yep, I’d say he knew alright! great tale. Wonder if he ever comes home…

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Samuel’s gone ‘native’. Great story.

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  8. jillyfunnell says:

    Poor mother.He isn’t going to settle back at home with her any time soon!.

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  9. Dale says:

    What a great tale. I like to think a mother would know… but still. Not having any sign for years and years… Now I want to see the movie!

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  10. A mother always knows. Great story.

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  11. Gone native, has he? And a mother’s heart always knows.

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  12. I love that a mother always knows! It’s the love that does it.

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  13. draliman says:

    Killer last line! Looks like Samuel’s “gone native”. And mad.

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  14. What a fascinating little tale. The love of his mother is so strong, and his too, even if he doesn’t know it yet, or has forgotten to care. The ten headed belt is interesting – head shrinking was such a peculiar practice. Top notch, Lish.

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  15. yarnspinnerr says:

    Wonderfully built up to the (anti)climax.

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  16. pennygadd51 says:

    A mother is never going to give up hope until she has proof that her child is dead. I’m not sure Samuel wouldn’t be better off dead, mind. He’s lost his entire cultural milieu and heritage – and, of course, his family. A good take on the prompt – and on the story of Percy Fawcett.

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  17. Dear Lish,

    A mother knows. Sounds like he went crazy though. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  18. Calico Crayon says:

    Anne might think her son’s a survivor but I know the truth, he’s just plain nuts :D.

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Omg that last line. First parental dispair then… well told Alicia. He became his environment

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  20. plaridel says:

    I think he’s lost physically and mentally.

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  21. What an interesting take on the prompt! Very imaginative.

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  22. subroto says:

    The madness of an explorer and a mom always knows. Nicely done. There is an alternative non-Hollywood view of the real life Percy Fawcett though.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/the-lost-city-of-z-is-a-very-long-way-from-a-true-story-and-i-should-know/

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  23. Miles Rost says:

    Oh boy! A headshrinker! Musta got his Psych degree early! Well done! 😀

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  24. Sandra says:

    I’m all for social integration but this is taking things a tad too far, I think.

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  25. rgayer55 says:

    Talk about a surprise ending. Well done.
    I wonder how long he has to be missing before I can collect his life insurance money?

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  26. Oh Alicia! A mother always knows.

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  27. Thank you for pointing out the character this is based on.
    I find it fascinating to watch a movie or read a book about past journeys out there
    that men have tried to conquer. Watching the history channels about the exploration of America.
    Nicely done again, Alicia. I have to agree with the others who said, “A mother always knows.”
    Isadora 😎

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  28. granonine says:

    AAgghh!! I hope his poor momma never knows !

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  29. Moms know, she just didn’t know his slide into insanity. Suspenseful story with a twist at the end, love it! =)

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  30. Sarah Ann says:

    A mother always knows. Her faith is to be admired. I hope she will be rewarded by a reunion eventually. So much story – well done.

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  31. Going mad in the jungle… quite likely… have you seen Klaus Kinsky in Aguirre Wrath of Gods…? that’s what I see in your story

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  32. prior.. says:

    creepy and sad – but interesting and deep and a mother knows – so do not ever mess with a mother’s intuition
    🙂

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  33. Thom Carswell says:

    A lot of dialogue can be a difficult thing to squeeze into a 100-word story, but you used it to great effect here (I like that you didn’t bloat it with any ‘he saids’ or ‘she saids’). The conversation gave us all the back story we needed, the last line answered the question raised by the conversation, but left us with many more! Cleverly done!

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  34. Moon says:

    What a truly amazing story, Alicia.
    I loved how the mother’s instinct and faith won in your story.

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  35. athling2001 says:

    Looks like he feel prey to jungle even if he is alive. I hope his mother never finds out the truth.

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  36. A very well told story- – felt gripped immediately – and effective dramatic twist ending.

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