Sunday Photo Fiction – The Search

Every week a photo is used as a prompt to create a story in around 200 words. If you want to have a go, click on the Sunday Photo Fiction image, and if you want to read what others have written, then click on the froggy icon.


171 09 September 4th 2016

The search team looked through the mud and the river. Five-year-old Kaiden Kole’s mother reported him missing that morning. Somehow, he managed to escape the garden. That, or the scarier thought, someone abducted him. Hundreds of people walking in a line, looking over every inch, every millimetre of mud, ground, and water; no stone lay unturned for any clue.

A call from one of the searchers caught the attention of everyone. Most people stood where they were in case the news turned out to be a false alarm and they had to continue.

Whitney White, the police sergeant heading up the search ran to the woman who called out. She spotted an unmoving hand in the water. As White arrived, she saw the woman shaking and knew they were about to call the search off with the worst possible result.

White waded into the water and carefully took a hold of the hand. As she pulled, she heard a call of “I found him!” as she realised what she held was a mannequin’s hand.

She breathed a sigh of relief when the boy asked for his mummy.

Apparently, the postal worker left the gate open and Kaiden did a runner.

28 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – The Search

    • Thanks Sally. When my kids were toddlers, that was one of my biggest worries. Thankfully they never escaped. Something to do with chaining them to the kennels 😉

  1. Oh my. Little Kaiden had everyone extremely worried wandering out the open gate like that. I think Mom is going to be happy to see him but upset at him for running off and scaring her. You had me with the hand in the water, I thought it was the poor boy. Happy he lived Al. Great tale.

    • I could never kill a kid in a story. I did a story a couple of years back that ended on a cliff hanger with loads of kids going missing, and so people were upset, I had to write the conclusion the next day.

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