Home Invasion

Photo prompt courtesy Sue Vincent


I could smell them long before they came in, dirty, stinky creatures all of them.

“Not in my home, not in my home,” I prayed with all my might, but the almighty must have been fast asleep, for they made their way straight towards my entrance. A pity, for HE too would have found it impossible to rest (even on the 7th Day after creating the universe) amidst the din that I was sure would ensue in just a few minutes.

It had started with the rats, but those I could still bear. They were quiet, docile and clean, at least when compared to these pests. But now, he had gone too far!

I quickly looked around for possible means of escape, but there were none. They had entered through the front, and there was no back door to my home, just a solid wall. They were close now, I could hear some of them now. Soon, the deluge would be impossible to survive.

I turned around, and looked at the wall again. Did I dare? In these closed surroundings? Was it safe?

Bah! Cannot possibly be more unsafe than the fate I was trying to escape from.

And as the first one crossed the threshold of my room, I crossed the threshold of my composure. In sheer panic, I blew out with all my might at the back wall…and the flames from my mouth blasted through the cave with a loud explosive noise.

Anyone passing by would have been scared out of his wits on seeing a dragon run out of a cave, but not as scared as the dragon herself, who was running with her tail between her wings, trying to escape the children that the Pied Piper of Hamelin had brought along to hide in her cave!


Written in response to Sue Vincent’sĀ Thursday photo prompt: Threshold #writephoto




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!
This entry was posted in Children, Fan Fiction, fantasy, Flash Fiction, Humour, literary fiction, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Home Invasion

  1. That’s an amazing one. Full on suspense

  2. I’d do a runner too!

  3. Violet Lentz says:

    Brilliant mash up of fairy tale influences. Loved it!

  4. Sue Vincent says:

    With that first line, I thought ‘teenagers’… šŸ˜€

  5. Pingback: Home Invasion ~ Anurag Bakhshi #writephoto | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  6. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, I loved it šŸ’œšŸ’œšŸ’œ

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Ha, nice suspense and surprise ending!

  8. This is such a great post.

  9. Pingback: Photo prompt round-up: Threshold #writephoto | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  10. Haha.. I loved the line “and as the first one crossed the threshold of my room, I crossed the threshold of my composure”.

    This was such a beautiful little tale packed with humour and suspense!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s