Friday Fiction: An Unfortunate Face

Morning all! I should probably apologise for this one in advance – I don’t really believe in ugliness, not of face anyway, but this was what I saw when I got the prompt. Blame my tiny, twisted mind :D

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Copyright - Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

An Unfortunate Face

Some people are just too ugly for words, so you have to resort to non-words like ‘bleurgh’ and ‘yeeesh’. Greg was one such unlucky soul, his mother fainted when he was born, twice, and several times thereafter when he caught her unawares.

Then Greg’s father bought him an antique diver’s helmet for his birthday, and it transformed his life. Finally, he could hold his head up high (with his hands, anyway).

Every year they would ceremoniously lift the helmet to see if there was any improvement.

‘Sorry, son,’ said his dad, as his mother hit the floor. ‘Maybe next year…’

(100 words)

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56 thoughts on “Friday Fiction: An Unfortunate Face

  1. I know this is meant to be funny but unfortunately it happened to one of my cousins whose wife delivered a baby with a deformed face. But the saddest part is that the mother disowned the little girl and refused to care for her, but fortunately, her grandmother took her under her wing and now she is all grown up and working in a bank. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction, isn’t it?

    • Wow! I’m doubly glad I apologised in advance now. Sounds like the little girl was ok in the end, though. And Greg in my story is a happy chap with his divers helmet and the love of both parents. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Dear EL,

    I don’t know if you’ve had the opportunity to watch the Twilight Zone in your neck of the woods. There’s a classic episode called Eye of the Beholder. Your story reminded me of it. Fun piece as always…although a little sad.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Hi Rochelle
      Yes, I’ve seen a few episodes and I think they’re re-running them on one of the more obscure channels so I’ll keep an eye out for that episode :D

  3. Love it! Happy Easter! Almost hated to like this one, but it struck a giggle from me, a sad, sadistic type of giggle. Strange, but so easily pictured.

    • It’s odd, isn’t it, I laughed like a drain when I wrote it, but then realised what I’d done and almost had second thoughts. I think I portrayed Greg as a well-adjusted child though, so all ok in the end. Might try being a little less controversial next week, though!

      • Nothing wrong with controversy. Sometimes, it makes us think about our actions, or lack thereof, and their consequences. This was an excellent story!

    • Thank you – I loved the first line too – there were more ‘non-words’ that had to go to please the word count, but I’m pleased with the end result :)

  4. ” … to see if there was any improvement” HILARIOUS!

    This sounds like something my own dad would have said when I was a teenager! Hahaha!

    Way to go, EL!

    • Thanks Kent
      When my kids were little and shy, they used to bury their heads in my lap when my friends tried to say hello, then I’d stage whisper that they were hiding because they were so ugly. they soon popped their heads out to prove they weren’t :)

  5. I think laughing at this is like the black humor policeman have in dealing with things that aren’t really funny but would otherwise be almost unbearable. In this case, since it’s fiction, I can laugh without feeling bad. In real life, it would be too similar to my story to be funny.

    janet

    • HI Janet
      I got my comeuppance with this one when my young niece came to stay a few days ago and told me that my face was horrible! That’s karma for you!!!

  6. They should pack the helmet full of facial creams and whatnot and see if it helps. :) It’s great to see such supportive parents. Nice, light-hearted story.

    • Thanks David
      I don’t think many people got that his parents are loving and supportive (even his faint-hearted mother) – glad you took this at ‘face’ value – as a light hearted tale. Thanks for commenting :)

    • Thanks Ted. I imagined this as a Tim Burton film with a small boy and an oversized diver’s helmet and comedy sound effects when the mother faints :) Me and my imagination had a lot of fun over this one :)

  7. “.. when he caught her unawares.”OMG!Am really laughing so hard-so wrong of me to laugh at Greg’s misery but couldn’t help it and the last line-more lol !Hillarious El :D

  8. You have the greatest voice in telling stories. Every time I read one, I literally laugh out loud, causing my boss to wonder what the heck I’ve got on my screen that’s so amusing .He’s not a very understanding man, so I should probably save your stories to read at home. Anyway, I feel terrible for the kid, I truly do. But I’m glad someone so ugly existed (in your mind) as to inspire such a wildly entertaining story! :D

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