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The Tourists Trap – short story

By Kielon Hilaire. Tourists Bengie and Sharma come to Trinidad for a vacation. They want to see something grand. Bengie, the husband, is a photographer and he and his wife make a first stop at a canyon where they spot a cave in the distance. As they are about to walk up to the cave, a young Trini man and woman exit and stand before the grotto. Their clothes are dirty, fully tattered, and there’s an abundance of hair on their faces. Together they look up at the sun and yawn to their delight.

Sharma grows excited. “Look, Bengie, Caribbean apes!” And she freely points at the Trini couple.

The alleged “apes” see that they are being watched and appear to have question marks over their heads.

“Should we shoot them?” Sharma asks Bengie.

The Trini man becomes annoyed as he gapes at the tourists. “Why all yuh doh shoot all yuh mother…!”

Sharma starts jumping up and down. “It talks, Bengie! It talks!”

“Yeah, I can see that,” Bengie responds. “I think I’m gonna shoot them.” Bengie tries to withdraw his camera from his pants pocket.

The Trini couple’s eyes bulge out of their heads. “Duck, Sheldon! Duck!” the woman says to the “ape-looking” man beside her. They both cover their heads and run into the cave.

Benjie the photographer scratches his head, “What the…?”

Meanwhile, inside the cave, “You think they bought it?” Sheldon asks the woman.

“I dunno,” the woman says unconvincingly.

“That’s why I’m always glad we took this job, minus the dress-up part though,” says Sheldon. “Anyway, they want scenery? Just like that couple last week, let’s give em something unique to talk about.”

“What d’you have in mind, this time?”

“Hmm, can I borrow the Cybershot?” says Sheldon.

The woman sighs. She sounds bored. “Oh, that again?”

“Coming up with new ways to entertain tourists eh easy, you know.”

“Oh well,” the woman says, “at least we get paid for this.” She then walks about the cave until she is able to pick up the Cybershot. She gives it to Sheldon.

“Thanks,” Sheldon says. “And what will you be doing in here in the meantime?”

“Well, I think BET’s doing that special on Michael Jackson today. I’ll watch that, then I’ll probably just check out some old episodes of Friends and Family Guy. Oh, and about the tourists, try to get at least one good shot this time, right?”

Sheldon prepares to leave the cave.

Outside the cave… the tourists are still standing in awe, waiting for something spectacular to happen.

“What the heck are those apes doing in there?” Sharma asks Bengie.

“I dunno,” the husband replies. “Wanna check it out?”

The wife nods. But just as they’re about to inch closer, Sheldon comes dashing out of the cave with an elite camera that’s thrice the size of theirs. He begins taking snapshots of the tourists like there’s no tomorrow.

“Would ya look at that,” Bengie says excitedly. “The apes here are quite advanced.”

Sheldon barks, “Who’s the monkey now, eh?”

November 2011 – Issue 1

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