He found the copper-tinted astronaut helmet half hidden behind a dusty bookshelf.
The first clue should have been how pristine the helmet looked, reflecting his face with a metallic glint.
The second clue should have been the velvet lining, instead of the authentic ventilation pads, that made wearing the helmet feel like resting his head on a pillow.
The final clue was the shadow, creeping up the neck of the helmet and clawing at his face. His body thudded to the floor. The helmet rolled off, revealing a cleanly eaten skull, and resumed its place propped up behind the bookshelf.
© Jade M. Wong 2016
Written for Friday Fictioneers. Word Count: 100.
I saw the photo prompt and thought ‘astronaut helmet’ instead of ‘diving helmet’ (which is what I’m pretty sure is in the photo). Then, I immediately thought of one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes. Result: this story loosely inspired by a Doctor Who monster. Bonus points to any Whovians who can guess the monster/episode!