The young boy lived up the road. Whenever I saw him he seemed to droop, never looking at you, his brow a field of ridges and furrows and his shoulders sagged. He never smiled and the most response from him was a grunt.
When I heard he’d hung himself the line from The Loved One echoed round my head. giving me visions of red protruding eyeballs and a black protruding tongue. I fixated on the ability of anyone to lie in the bedroom where he had hung. Most of all I wondered if I could have made more of an effort.
Thank you to our Friday Fictioneers host Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields and to Yarnspinner for providing this weeks photo prompt.
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