Creative Writing Challenge: The 2AM Photo

From : DP get involved guys!

It’s 2AM and your phone has just buzzed you awake, filling the room in white-blue LED light. You have a message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. Tell us all about it. And what happens next


The blue lights filled the room and Jack awoke instantly with the immense fear that someone was coming to get him. He couldn’t breathe and the only thing he could hear was the rapid pounding of his heart.

2AM? He never gets texts, he hasn’t got any friends and his family are entirely against technology, despite buying both his parents Blackberrys, and his little sister an iPhone. He opened his BBM. DadHe relaxed, despite the unexpected contact.


It was a picture.

It was a picture of his mother and his little sister Emily, they were sitting on the  sofa in their family home, opening presents. He couldn’t figure out why they would be opening presents at 2AM.

Dad, great picture. What are you doing up so late?

His dad was typing, but before Jack had time to contemplate the response, a second picture had come through. As he opened it, he felt his heart begin to race again. He noticed that the second picture was almost exactly the same, but opened it anyway.

Jack froze. His phone hit the floor, the back cover flew off in an odd direction and he faintly heard the screen crack over the beating of his heart.

He would never need to look at the picture again to remember it. It was permanently embedded in his memory. Something he knew instantly would haunt him for the rest of his life.

His family living room was smeared with red. Blood? It was everywhere. On the sofa his mother lay over his sister as if she was trying to protect her. Who could have done this? His parents had been married for 35 years, they loved each other.

He opened the draw to the bedside table and pulled out the revolver he had kept with him for the last few months. It was loaded and as he bought it up to his temple, finger slowly pushing more on the trigger.. He had nothing to live for any more, but Jack failed to notice his beaten up Blackberry flashing once again.


Son, just joking – we’re all fine, just very bored tonight. Mum, Dad, Emily xx

2 thoughts on “Creative Writing Challenge: The 2AM Photo

Add yours

    1. What do you mean go badly?
      I’m not sure how I came to it, my initial story was going to be happy and sweet but I didn’t like it and I was re-writing it I came up with this. I’ll check yours out too 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: