Simon lowered his head, hunched his broad shoulders, and stepped up through the back of the tuk-tuk. For many years, he dreamed and saved for this trip. His camera swung around his neck as he duck-walked down the center aisle. A young woman reached out to steady him. His grin matched her radiant smile when she offered him a piece of candy. He relished the cherry flavor.
Lying face down in a ditch, the grass tickled his nose.
How did I get here?
Where is my camera, my passport, my wallet?
The sour taste of cherry lingered on his tongue.
The story is based on a true one. Several years ago, there was a group of thieves who slipped tourists candy laced with a drug that knocked them out and caused them to forget. I remember it well because my grown son was traveling around Asia at the time. After reading a news article, I sent him a “don’t take candy from strangers” email! =)
This is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Fatima Fakier Deria.
If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.