Friday Fictioneers – Butterflies

Photo Prompt © Marie Gail Stratford

Albert liked collecting. As a child it was stamps, as a young man, girlfriends. Nowadays, slackened by sin and faltering vitality, he became a lepidopterist.  Five hundred glass cases, each packed with exotic chevrons of inert delight.

These delicate angels, dancing on the skewer of a pin, weren’t arranged as you might expect – blues in one case, swallowtails in another, metalmarks, and so on.  Instead, Albert displayed them by markings, arranged side by side so the patterns spelled out words.

“The way we categorise things,” he said, “confronts us with our assumptions. To me, nature is a book.”



Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

74 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Butterflies

  1. I like that he is slackened by sin and faltering vitality yet he’s moved into something unusual and imaginative. He could have ended up moaning impotently about the youth of today and low interest rates. Instead he’s discovered something truly fascinating.

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  2. What an intriguing story, Neil. It is intriguing how different people file and sort things, especially when someone else reorganizes you. My daughter filed all the icons on my mobile phone by function and while I’ve become used to it, my husband quickly loses patience. She files her own books in rainbow order and started to do the same to mine before I stopped her. I’d finally managed to get some of my books sorted by author.
    As a word smith, I liked how he arranged them to spell words. That’s much more my type of thing.
    xx Rowena

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  3. What a fascinating image! Yeah, true confessions, I don’t really like any kind of stuffed and mounted animal including butterflies. It always creeps me out. Not right. That said, I can appreciate the art involved – I guess. Intriguing story.


  4. Ooooh, I’d love to see his display to see what he sees and what his butterflies say.
    That being said, there are enough collections out there to visit to stop any more beautiful winged creatures being caught and pinned.

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