The Nature of the Beast

Thank you Rochelle,

Thank you Rochelle, for this interesting picture.

Walking this beautiful passageway one could be forgiven for not seeing the true reality of life here. To the left Madam Shaffener  kept a house of ill repute, her sixtyone cats terrorised the neighbourhood birds. To the right  Mr Nutter sat each day at his work bench, whittling pieces of flotsam into small animals, which he sold to the many tourists who arrived daily on cruise boats. Both Mr Nutter and Madam Shaffener however held a secret passion. Each was indebted to the other for this passion. When darkness arrived, they would climb their staircases, then one would cross the arch.

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  1. neilmacdon

    There’s a real old world charm to this

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Neil. I am reading a less well known book by Daphne du Maurier [called Mary Ann] at present, perhaps some of her magic rubbed of on me.

  2. Moon

    Intriguing story , Michael .

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Moon,

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Enchanting little story.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Rochelle. I am reading a less well known book by Daphne du Maurier [called Mary Ann] at present, perhaps some of her magic rubbed of on me.

  4. Lynn Love

    Love this – the two curious, quirky worlds united by passion. Gorgeous

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Lynn. I so wanted to write about all the residents of this street, in one hundred words. Of course I failed

      1. Lynn Love

        You did a grand job, Michael. Lovely work

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Lynn, I really appreciate your comment

          1. Lynn Love

            My pleasure

  5. Claire Fuller

    This is great. I love their secret passion.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I so appreciate your comment. I am reading a less well known book by Daphne du Maurier [called Mary Ann] some of the magic rubbed off on me.

  6. Keith's Ramblings

    I hope they are not up to anything naughty! Nice one.

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    1. Michael Humphris

      Now what makes you think that.

  7. Courtney Wright

    Passion can rule it all! Well done! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Courtney; nothing wrong with two lonely souls comming together. I am reading a less well known book by Daphne du Maurier [called Mary Ann] at present, perhaps some of her magic rubbed of on me.

  8. Iain Kelly

    Lovely idea to look at the people who live behind the doors. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, writing about behind closed doors or walls etc is a past time of mine.

  9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Nice take on the prompt. I like that you looked beyond the walls.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly it is something I do, then again perhaps all writers try to look deeper into their characters. I am reading a less well known book by Daphne du Maurier [called Mary Ann] at present, perhaps some of her magic rubbed of on me.

  10. granonine

    Things aren’t always as they seem 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is so true.

  11. gravadee

    Lovely little tale.
    Gives a feel-good feeling

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    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, that is the sort of feeling that I was hoping for.

  12. wmqcolby

    Collusion. I guess more than just a friendly business transaction, huh? Or maybe it really was.
    Great read, Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, they had found that they had so much in common. After they both moved overseas to start new life’s

  13. Mrs. Completely

    How wonderful! A secret love. Great story Michael. :o)

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think they also find their situation wonderful.

  14. Christine Goodnough

    Well told.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Christine.

  15. Nan Falkner

    Me like a lot! This is really great! Mr. Nutter and his muse are enjoying life for sure! Nan

    1. Michael Humphris

      So glad you enjoyed this story, thank you, Nan

  16. Dale

    that was lovely, Michael! Love in secret in the autumn of their lives!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Dale I am so glad that you enjoyed this story

  17. jellico84

    ouuuu, a little bit o’ ‘closet’ romance at work! Love it!

    1. Michael Humphris

      So kind, I am so pleased at your comment. Thank you.

  18. L.E.R.T

    Beautiful. Why do they meet in the secret? Fear of judgement by the society? And I like the way that the invisible top part of the arch (in the picture) plays a vital role in your story. Cheers, Varad

    1. Michael Humphris

      They enjoy the edge that being secret lovers gives to there meeting, I was so pleased to get your comment. Thank you.

  19. yarnspinnerr

    There are mazes of old colonies in cities of India. I know passions and idiosyncrasy often festers in such places.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree, passion and or idiosyncrasies are good for the human soul

  20. ceayr

    Excellent piece, Michael.
    But why not play their dominoes in the front room?

    1. Michael Humphris

      But the neighbours would see all! And the beds more comfortable

  21. James

    Each has two passions in their lives.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Even possibly more! Time will tell. Thank you James

  22. mandibelle16

    Lovely romance and I enjoy how you wove this beautiful arch into your story 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is kind of you to say so. I am hoping that this pair of characters return to feature again

      1. mandibelle16

        Me too 🙂

  23. Sascha Darlington

    Well done. So the crazy cat lady runs a brothel? That’s a good take. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      The cats think so. I am pleased you enjoyed my story. I have high hopes that these characters will return.

      1. Sascha Darlington

        I think eccentric characters are always welcome! 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris

          Me to Sascha

    2. Michael Humphris

      Thank you. Sascha

  24. Michael Wynn

    Secret, charming and sort of surreal liaison, I enjoyed this

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased. Thank you Micheal

  25. Miles Rost

    Oooooooh! Cross-arch passion! I like this! Well done, sir!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now I am wondering what this pair of characters will bring to the table next. Thank you for your comment Miles

  26. patriciaruthsusan

    Ah, a nighttime world of unsuspected passion. Good writing, Michael. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sometimes I find it is strange what comes out of a prompt picture.

  27. Alicia Jamtaas

    I love this. I can almost picture these two off-beat people finding solace in each other’s arms. Really nice!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Your comment pleased me, for off beat was how I saw things. And we all need companionship at some piont

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