HumpDay Quickie #50

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Hump-Day Quickies
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The Soul Catcher

by Mark A. King

A Photograph Captures the Soul – Traditional Indigenous belief

I remember the first photograph. Yes, yes, how could I not?

My emaciated body ravaged over the centuries, gorged on that first image. I’d fed on the scraps of paintings, the reflections in mirrors and water. But this barely sustained me. I was a but a shell, a vessel, a husk.

They say John the Baptist consumed nothing but locusts and honey in the arid deserts and I have fed on worse.

The very first picture, low definition, grainy and monotone – was like the promise of manna.

Yet I was still hungry. Always hungry.

Later, through the lens of glorious Technicolor, I devoured the entire spectrum of a soul. The dry chalk of powder-puff blue, the bitterness of yellow, the tang of crimson and the spice of teal.

Oh, the souls I have eaten.

Click the button. Wind the wheel. Advance the film. Flash the camera.

And so the good times came. Or so I thought.

But… Listen my friend, even the tastiest dish becomes bland when you have it a million times. For variety is truly the spice of life.

Hark the days of long hair and flared trousers, for the instamatic photograph was born. I no longer stalked the dirty red light glow of the dark-rooms, no, no, no.

Click. Whir.

What a sound. How I purred at that sound.

The soul captured on sticky-white paper. I watched the milky cards held between expectant fingers, wave, wave, wave in the wind of a flapping hand. From white. To blur. To clarity. Behold the magic of a soul coming to life.

I cannot deny that fast food tastes good, but it does not sustain an appetite like mine.

And so my time has come. The digital camera. Billions of LCD screens of souls. The internet. The mobile devices. An infinite restaurant in every pocket in the world.

And now I feast on your cloud-drive, in the data-centres, on the discs. These are truly times of plenty.

Your souls are forever mine for the price of a gadget and a smile.

And soon you will have Google Glass.

  1. Mark A. King says:

    Reblogged this on Making Fiction and commented:
    I was honoured and privileged to be chosen as winner at The Angry Hourglass for my story “The Soul Catcher”. Many thanks to judge Voima Oy.

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