Sunday Photo Fiction: the higher intellect

Another writers Venue! 

The photo prompt is brought to you today by Sunday Photo Fiction, and can be found by looking HERE.  The rules for this flash fiction allow from 100 to 200 words, and provides a nice little stretch from my usual 100.  😉



The Higher Intellect

Unnoticed atop a cage in the back, Georgie had the advantage.  He could hardly contain himself.  Stuffing his hand into his mouth he held his mirth in check. Down below him Silverback began to strut for the ladies.  Moving slowly he flexed his muscles, struck a pose, and on cue the group began  “oohing”  and “aahing”.

Today there were three.  Blondie, who he thought he recognized, stood there with hands clasped before her in tense anticipation; a vacationer; and the timid one, peeking through the bars in back.  He always felt a twinge of guilt when he saw him.  Their prank caused him to fall, yet, he comes back for more.

He would never understand humans being named the highest of intellect, because no matter how many times he and Ol’ Silver set this up, it always had the same effect.

Georgie leapt down from his perch, and cupping his hands began beating his chest in loud, thumping, pops.  Gaping and lurching toward the glass he roared,

“Aurgh, OOO-OOO-OOO!”

The people ran screaming.

He and Silver fell to the ground, rolling and laughing at the sight of them.  The humans, running as if for their lives, heard  simply,

“Aurgh-OOO-OOO, Aaaah-OOO-OOO-OOO!”


WORDS:  200

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25 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: the higher intellect

    • Lynda says:

      Kerrie Ann, I often think that animals are more intelligent than they are given credit for, and that apes in particular have a sense of humor. At the San Diego Zoo in CA they had to put up a glass shield to protect the onlookers from ape humor. The males used to walk along and nonchalantly pick up ‘waste’ and then hurl it at the humans. 😛 We all eventually got wise to their antics, but the newcomers were often ‘decorated’. Tell me they didn’t enjoy seeing the humans run! 😉

  1. aishasoasis says:

    How fun! I just started doing something similar with Plot Generator, an android app… maybe I’ll try my hand at the next friday fiction! I love your blog – I recently moved from SC to Egypt and am trying to get our homesteading way of life up and running here!

    • Lynda says:

      You’re back! Good. 🙂

      Thank you, Lori! This was another one where the story instantly popped into my head as soon as I saw the photo. Increasing the image and studying the details helped to flesh it out.

  2. George Weaver says:

    When I see the great apes, the Bonobos, the chimps, I always see the eyes first and wonder what they think of us! This story is too cute. I think it’s entirely credible, actually! 🙂

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