Pete sat atop the lion’s head outside the museum, eyes closed, hands clasped in front of him; just drinking in the sun’s heat and trying to make his mind go blank.

It didn’t go blank.  Frustration, sadness, despair and fear welled up inside of him unbidden and swirled around his mind, gathering strength and becoming a storm with him helpless at the centre; tears streamed down his face as he bent over his knees, his body heaving with the force of his sobs.

How could she leave him?

Just then the lion’s head snapped upwards throwing Pete in the air;  he fell into its gaping maw, screamed as it shut its jaws with a loud clang, blood gushing over its lips and teeth.

Ayo had been basking in the sunlight, absorbing energy; he had enough now.  He stepped off the pedestal, vanished in a flash of light.


About TheImaginator

35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using Stumbleupon.com, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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20 Responses to Ayo

  1. andrewjgeary says:

    Very humorous. But it begs the question: why would you want to rest on a lion’s head to clear your head? Maybe he hoped it would give him inner-strength. In seriousness I like that the lion could be read as a symbol of the emotions we try to control.

    • That’s deep. The truth is, I didn’t think much about why he was there, but it’s more than likely that he went out to the museum with a friend and was sitting on the lion’s head while his friend went to the toilet. I think he choose the lion’s head because it was high up and out of the way, he probably needed some quiet time alone away from the crowds.

  2. zookyworld says:

    Wow! What a way to go. Sorry Pete, but hopefully you saw some neat stuff in the museum before all this tragedy befell you.

  3. Mike says:

    A great story, made me smile. A warning to us all – when we’re feeling depressed, don’t sit on any old lion!

  4. If ya’ gonna’ go you may as well go by a lion. Enjoyed.

  5. penrevenge says:

    Wow. I really like this story. You can read it for exactly what is on the screen, and it makes perfect sense with the backstory you mentioned (which I read in the previous comments). OR you can choose to analyse it on a psychological level and it becomes even more impressive because that wasn’t your intention. Very impressive.

  6. Love the end. It came from nowhere and it was awesome. Haha!

  7. drmagoo says:

    The lion has to act according to its nature.

  8. Lyn says:

    I clicked “Like”, because there wasn’t a “Boo-Hiss” button 🙂 The poor guy is heartbroken because some flibberti-gibbet left him. The Lion should have comforted him and told him she’s not worth his tears and that there were many more females of a far better quality left in the forest. You’re a nasty, nasty boy!

  9. Kate says:

    I liked it, made me smile, but now I am wondering about onlookers! lol

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