This is an original story written for the Master of the Macabre competition over at horroraddicts.net. I was tasked with writing a story including a phobia (osmophobia – fear of smells), a telescope, and a picnic. I came up with a little story I’ve included below. You can also hear me read the story at http://mastersofmacabre.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/masters-of-macabre-contest/ (#6). I’m not one for my own voice, so I’d rather read it. Enjoy. Note: Probably best to read on an empty stomach. Definitely not with a hamburger in your hand.