The Mummy’s Curse.

The Mummy’s Curse.

A Story by Norman223
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A true story.

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Many years ago, whilst working for the British Museum, I had to photograph an ancient mummified body.

As a former medical photographer, the more macabre aspects of this  job presented no problem for me, but  a rather superstitious elderly  cleaning lady  refused to enter the room with admonitions about the evils that can befall those who desecrated  the resting place and spirit of the dead.

 

   Three of my younger colleagues, however, following a convivial "alcoholic lunch” decided to dress up the body and prop it up in front of the door, with a spotlight on it.

 

 The main lights were then turned off , and they waited for someone to open the door, to be confronted by this ghoulish spectacle.

 The joke “backfired” however, when a senior  manager almost had a heart attack.   He  retaliated  later, by issuing a written warning about the improper handling  of specimens.  He added that, although he was prepared to overlook the matter  as a childish prank, he was unsure of any supernatural manifestations that could result.

 

 His humour, however, turned out to be  deceptively  prophetic.

 

Within the following two weeks, one of the perpetrators crashed his car, a second lost his wallet, and a third was infected with shingles,  a painful adult variation of chicken pox.

  As for myself, I had only photographed the body as part of my job, and had not been in the least indecorous.  I was obviously immune from the retributions and was rewarded by meeting the girl who was to become my wife.

 

  But of course, the machinations of  the occult are not all they seem.   

 After two years of marriage, I noticed that my wife’s shape was changing.

 

 Yes….. she was being transformed into a mummy!!!

 

 

 


  

© 2019 Norman223


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This story was a bit freaky and I like freaky a lot. that being said your a great storyteller and I love the imagery the way you told it through the description of words used. nicely done.

Posted 1 Year Ago


This is a great true-life anecdote told with your usual fun flair! I loved reading about the prank & it reminded me of how we used to do pranks quite often – I wonder if people are still allowed such freedom of expression nowadays? I can’t believe how the perpetrators of your prank were struck down later. I do believe in such spiritual retribution. I wasn’t too clear on your meaning, as far as Tricia becoming mummified?!?!?! Not sure if you’re referring to a pregnancy or the old curse of people putting on a few extra pounds in the first few years of marriage? (I don’t think it’s the latter, becuz I get the feeling you wouldn’t craft such a dig into a public punchline to one of your sassy scenarios!) Thanks for sharing this & reminding me of some fun from my own past, too! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Year Ago


Norman223

1 Year Ago

No, no, no Margie,. I wouldn't dare accuse Tricia of becoming " pharohically afflicted". She is far.. read more
Bad Mr. Ho-tep! Bad mummy! You undoubtedly snapped flattering pictures of him, capturing his good side and all, and that's the thanks you get! Your humour is top notch, Norman, and I love this tale.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Norman223

1 Year Ago

Thanks Samuel, for your concern and sympathy. I probably deserved some retribution, though. After .. read more
This is a great little piece. I agree with Roarke's observation that it is ripe for expansion. You appear to have the gift of a raconteur shining through this anecdote and there are not many writers out there who don't draw inspiration from their lives.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Norman223

1 Year Ago

Thank you Gibbons. Many of my verses are based on personal experience, much of which was from my tr.. read more
An interesting story ripe for expansion. British Museum, can't get a better setting. Mummies and pranksters, "flesh" them out, lots of fun characters to play with here. Consequences, and come-uppin's, imagination the only limit. Yep, expand this puppy.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Norman223

1 Year Ago

Thanks , roarke. This was actually written as a "joke" , although it was a factual account of the.. read more
roarke

1 Year Ago

Why not? All the elements are here. I find some of my more interesting writes have come from looking.. read more

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Now , having reached the age of 88 I'm still trying to write as an optimistic exercise in keeping senility at bay, although I now have to accept age,unreliable memory, pacemakers and synthetic aorti.. more..

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