The Crypt #Writephoto

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Sue Vincent of The Daily Echo once again provided a lovely photoprompt to fire our creativity. Thank you, Sue.

The Crypt

The passage stretched longer than the old priest promised. A final door scraped open into a rectangular crypt, fluted arches interwoven in the dimness. Cobwebs luffed like gossamer sails as the air stirred. Eight slender columns splayed their stone fingers, supporting the vaulted ceiling, its paint flaking from the solemn faces of watchful gods.

In three rows lay the stone sarcophagi of dead kings, their likenesses carved into the dusty lids along with narrow slots for their spirits to breathe. The princess gazed straight ahead, whispering a prayer as she walked between the ancestral corpses, skeletal reminders of her royal lineage and her father’s impending doom.

75 thoughts on “The Crypt #Writephoto

  1. Haunting. Beautifully written. You’ve captured the essence of the image wonderfully. ☺

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  2. reocochran says:

    For some reason, this seems solemn and sad more than creepy to me, Diana. The princess is nervous hence her continued praying, but the gossamer sails of cobwebs made me feel transported into her shoes. I am wary of what may happen next. . .
    The detail about the sarcophagus having a breathing hole was enlightening. Lovely flash fiction. ❤

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    • My thought was sadness too, Robin, with the impending death of her father, but everyone interprets these differently and I really like that. Thanks for the visit and comment, my friend 🙂

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  3. Love your story. But how did you get a photograph of my bedroom? 😀

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  4. Elizabeth Helmich says:

    Wonderfully creepy, in such a good way.

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  5. Jarrod Dumas says:

    A subtle yet powerful snapshot, with a verbal accompaniment that stimulates. I am going to have to explore these “photoprompt” opportunities! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What vivid imagery! I am amazed at how much you are able to weave into a short piece like this one. Ps- Hope the little one is all healed upfrom the pox! Take care, Diana.

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  7. Wonderful bit, as always, Diana! You’ve captured the atmosphere so well.

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  8. noelleg44 says:

    Fantastic imagery, Diana! Perfect melding of story and photo.

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  9. “…paint flaking from the solemn faces of watchful gods.” What a fantastic line, Diana. These photoprompts were meant for you. Brava!

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  10. Judy Martin says:

    ooooh, spine-tingling, Diana! 🙂

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  11. maryc25 says:

    Beautifully written, D.

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  13. Steven Baird says:

    Wow. Wonderfully creepy, Diana. 🙂

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  14. It’s creepy indeed. What great descriptions. I’d say it brings the place to life, but it doesn’t fit that place. Great writing as always. Have a great week, Diana. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  15. hsampson says:

    Brilliantly creepy D! Thanks!

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  16. Bernadette says:

    Just the right amount of creepiness. Love the peaches!

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  17. Al Lane says:

    Love the depth in this, as always. I went to The Crypt School as a child… I really should be writing gothic horror from that background!

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  18. Nurse Kelly says:

    Wow. Your creativity sure is fired! That was an extraordinary response to the prompt. So much depth and intrigue in so few words. Visiting the Egyptian antiquities at the art museum is one of my favorite parts. I find the beliefs about the after life of the deceased just fascinating, as I’m sure you do as well! 🙂

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  19. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, what a strong hook to want to read more! That last sentence is perfect! Have a wonder-filled week! 💛 Elizabeth

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  20. A lovely, shadowy short!

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  21. Fantastic word artistry! Love this! The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more. ❤️

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  22. Sue Vincent says:

    That leaves a story wide open 🙂 Thanks, Diana 🙂

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  23. joannesisco says:

    I too like the hook at the end – impending doom is definitely ominous!

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  24. Morgan says:

    Fantastic! ***shiver*** 🙂

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  25. balroop2013 says:

    So spooky and your imagination enhances the feeling! I happened to open it right in the morning!! 🙂 still smiling because of your fantastic quality of your prose.

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  26. Loved it, and you taught me a new word, too. (Luffed)

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  27. Impending doom…good one, D. ☺

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