5 Days – 5 Photos Challenge – Day 4: Hierarchy

5 day photo challenge
Colleen from Silver Threading kindly set me this intriguing challenge. The rules are simple:

Post a photo each day for five consecutive days, and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.  Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.

Click on the image to see the origin.
Click on the image to see the origin.

I decided to try a dialogue only piece today. It’s interesting how it turned out, because this is not the conversation I had in mind. But who am I except a vessel for the interesting voices in my head!

“You’all right?”

“Now is that any way to speak to a lady?”

“My apologies. How are you, Beatrice, on this fine and sunny afternoon?”

“Now you’re humouring me. Should I be worried that you sought me out?”

“I’m no threat to you, if that’s what you mean.”

“Which implies there is a threat.”

“Does it?”

“I’ve never understood you. Perhaps that’s why I’m afraid.”

“Everyone would be afraid in your position. My role has never been an easy one.”

“No, I guess not. In fact yours must be a lonely existence.”

“It can be.”

“Are things so bad that you’ve taken up drinking?”

“This? No I found it lying by the swings where any child might find it.”

“The world is full of morons. I’ve always said so.”

“It is not our place to judge. That’s not why we were created.”

“Why must you always sound so condescending?”

“I’m condescending because I choose to see the best in people?”

“No, because you never break or bend the rules. It’s exhausting.”

“It’s funny. But that’s the easiest part of my job.”

“Which brings us right back to the beginning. What happens now?”

“It’s time for you to return home, Beatrice. Our kind are not meant to spend prolonged periods on Earth.”

“And yet you’ve been here longer than all of us.”

“Because it’s my responsibility to take care of you.”

“There you go patronising me again. What of my current assignments?”

“They’re already taken care of.”

“Then I guess there’s nothing left to say.”

“I guess not. Be well, Beatrice. I’ll see you again.”

“Will you still be my handler when I return?”

“Of course. I always take care of my own.”


I would like to extend the challenge to Gina Briganti today. I’m not sure she has the time to participate at the moment, but if her schedule allows it we’ll be in for a treat!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.


30 thoughts on “5 Days – 5 Photos Challenge – Day 4: Hierarchy

  1. Charles Yallowitz says:

    Really curious about this. For some reason I keep thinking of aliens that are reincarnated as humans. Each species has a caretaker that stays on the planet to act as a Reaper/Guide/whatever.

      1. mbarkersimpson says:

        It can be annoying when that happens! But I love the way people interpret things differently (it’s actually one of my favourite things about co-working with other interpreters). To be honest I wasn’t thinking aliens, I was thinking angels. But I like the alien reincarnation angle – it sounds like tremendous fun!

      2. mbarkersimpson says:

        Phew…thank goodness I didn’t reveal any major spoilers then! I’m towards the end of Season 9 – not seen the conclusion yet but I’ve heard what happens (my brother has a big mouth) 😀

      3. mbarkersimpson says:

        Ah oh, that’s unfortunate! I can imagine why it’s confusing, as a lot happened in Season 9 leading up to the climax. Enjoy catching up. I think I might watch a few episodes today 😀

      4. mbarkersimpson says:

        I’m trying not to think of all the shows I have to catch up on! I haven’t watched TV in the past two or three weeks so they’re piling up. I’ve given myself the afternoon though because I’m mostly caught up on my jobs!

      5. mbarkersimpson says:

        That’s annoying. There are so many shows that end just as I get into them! Then again, I still haven’t recovered from Firefly and it’s been a while 😉

      6. Charles Yallowitz says:

        I’m actually over Firefly. For a ‘dead’ show, it sure gets a lot of comics, books, convention influence, mentions in other things, a movie, etc. There are a bunch of one season, poorly treated shows I wish got that kind of afterlife. Brisco County Jr. and Almost Human to name two of them. 🙂

      7. mbarkersimpson says:

        Haven’t heard of Brisco County Jr. But I absolutely loved Almost Human. I was bitterly disappointed when they cancelled it, so I agree with you – the show deserves recognition. I also particularly enjoyed the show Intelligence.

  2. Alex Hurst says:

    I went between thinking them reapers, to angels, to the MiB of another world… it’s a very open-ended conversation! Nice. 🙂

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