The Sanctuary

Photo prompt courtesy J Hardy Carroll

My Ma always used to tell me- When you’re being chased by evil, take sanctuary in the Church. Today, the time had finally come to test her advice.

He was chasing me with a large knife in his hand. I was fast, but he was faster. He swung, and almost scraped the skin off my back. Seeing no other avenue of escape, I leaped into the Church, and banged the door shut.

My heart in my mouth, I peeped through the key-hole.


Ma was right. That cunning, cold-blooded, cruel cat Tom could not follow me into this tiny Church.


100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less based on the weekly photo prompt. To read many more interesting stories inspired by this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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51 Responses to The Sanctuary

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    You sly rat! Of late too many ratty stories!

  2. Ha ha, the age old feud of Tom and Jerry! Good one!

  3. neilmacdon says:

    Is the law of sanctuary still respected?

  4. draliman says:

    Jerry always finds a way to escape!

  5. Ha ha! Thanks for surprising me with that last line. Great little story.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  6. pennygadd51 says:

    Haha! Tom and Jerry! Well I never! I love the idea of the little mouse peeping out of the keyhole.

  7. JS Brand says:

    You got me there, right up to the end. Good story!

  8. Kalpana Solsi says:

    This episode brought a smile on my face. I still love Tom and Jerry cartoons.

  9. Iain Kelly says:

    Jerry, of course! I was thinking one of the 3 Blind Mice at the start 🙂

  10. Alice Audrey says:

    Hickory Dickory Dock from the mouse’s point of view. 🙂

  11. Haha – what a cartoon you have painted from such antiquity. Well done.

  12. Dear Anurag,

    You do leave me wondering how a cat can hold a knife. But if this is a cartoon I suppose anything’s possible. Cute story.



  13. michael1148humphris says:

    Loved the misdirect, you played cat and mouse with us.

  14. Prior... says:

    cute ending –
    and church can be (big can be there) a refuge for many

  15. Prior... says:

    also love the choice of “ma”

  16. lisarey1990 says:

    Really like it. Takes me back to my childhood!

  17. jillyfunnell says:

    Lovely surprise at the end – I really like this story very much.

  18. gahlearner says:

    Heheh, Jerry’s mum was wise. Fun twist.

  19. Ha! Foiled again. Thanks for the laugh.

  20. Sarah Ann says:

    Lovely. This has a wonderful tense feel to it, and a great funny release finding the mouse in the clock.

  21. Dale says:

    Who didn’t love watching Tom and Jerry on Saturday mornings?
    Fun stuff, Anurag!

  22. plaridel says:

    but of course, mama is always right. 🙂

  23. And Jerry will win again… drop the pendulum on top of Tom’s head?

  24. Susan says:

    You entertained us all. Such a sly diversion. Good job.

  25. notestowomen says:

    I enjoyed watching those two. An entertaining take on the prompt.

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