The Old Man in the Picture is a scary story for kids about a young boy who is sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office when he notices a strange portrait on the wall.
Jake’s mother promised him that if he sat quietly in the waiting room while she saw her new doctor, he could have three bowls of ice cream afterwards.
Despite this promise, Jake was not happy. He didn’t like waiting and he didn’t like the room. He especially didn’t like the painting that was hanging on the opposite him.
It was an ugly portrait of an old man. Jake didn’t like the way the old man in the painting seemed to be staring right at him. There was a strange and awful look in his eyes. It was so disturbing that it sent a chill down his spine.
Jake tried moving, but the old man’s eyes seemed to follow him around the room. It was a creepy picture, but Jake didn’t want to admit to himself that he was scared of it.
He went closer to the painting and that’s when he suddenly noticed something that struck him as odd. The old man’s hands were gnarled and twisted with long bony fingers and pointed nails.
When his mother finally came out of the doctor’s office, Jake was nowhere to be found. She caught a glimpse of an old man slipping out the door. She called her son’s name, but he didn’t answer. The waiting room was empty.
Then, she turned around and noticed the portrait hanging on the wall.
The young boy in the picture looked oddly familiar…
…and her screams could be heard all the way down the street.