Time for a little Fiction. The Prompt (here) is a taxidermy fox from London’s Natural History Museum.
My flash fiction takes place poolside – with two young adults talking while sitting out at the pool.
“SPF”Fox (Sunday Fiction Word Count: 150)
I like hanging out at your house – and not just because of the pool. It’s eccentric here.
Tell me again – the stuffed fox in the living room – that was your grandfather’s?
Yeah, it’s the SPF fox.
What does SPF stand for?
Let me guess.
Shortest path first? Sender policy framework?
No, it relates to life balance.
Sing, pray, fast? Study, play, fiesta?
When my dad was little, gramps was busy studying foxes – he had a breakthrough for a way to age foxes through teeth lines, but he neglected other areas in life and crashed.
So he gave us the fox and said don’t forget the S, the P, and the F to the 3 areas. Spiritual and physical – financial, friends and familia.
Dude, that’s deep.
I know, but the advice is also simple, practical and-
Thanks for that.
Oh, and can you pass the sunscreen?
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A little back story to this flash fiction – there was a real Stephen Harris – who was a biologist (Royal Holloway College in Surrey) and in 1976 he finished a study of a sample of 336 foxes , which were killed in London between 1971 and 1973. Harris found that the most effective method for identifying the age of foxes was to assess the lines of cementum in the tooth root. Cementum is bone-like connective tissue that covers the root of a tooth. I chose Harris to be a part of the story (as Grandfather) because this Fox photo prompt was taken in London and maybe some of the foxes Harris studied looked like this little fella.
Also, as a joke, I never mentioned SPF for the sun-protection-factor – but alluded to it by being at the pool and then asking for sunscreen.
Now let’s end with some sunscreen “spf” comics – I am not a big sunscreen fan, but I do think sometimes a little sun protection help is needed – depends on the skin, how much sun exposure, and other factors… eh?
Anyhow, here’s a few comics – and the first one makes me laugh because sometimes the SPF numbers can be over the top….
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