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Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
Melinda: See This?
See this? You see this, Jason? This is the reason I’m breaking up with you. This was my favorite sweater. I got it in Glasgow when I was backpacking across Europe. It’s Scottish wool. I love this sweater. And you ruined it. You put this damn hole in it. And I’ll never get the blood out of it.
If you wanted to break up with me, all you had to do was say so. You didn’t have to fricking shoot me!
Jason: Five More Bullets
See this, Melinda? This is a revolver that has been in my family for five generations. When it was new, it shot a lot of gray-backs in the Civil War. My great-great-great scratched a count on the butt of the gun. Twenty-five tallied.
After that, it went to his son. He kept the family tradition. Became a gunfighter out West. Added thirteen men to the tally. A Baker’s Dozen added at Boot Hill—surreptitiously, at night.
Great-Grandpa went into World War Two with it stuck in his sock. Lots of Nazis on this side of the grip.
Grandpa had to get really creative. There weren’t any wars for him to count coup on. So he took to the shadows with a mask and his gun. He killed two dozen.
Dad’s tally was forty before he handed over the gun to me.
I haven’t practiced as much as any of them. I’ve only added five to my count. You were supposed to be the sixth. Of course, I didn’t think about the fact that you are an unholy bitch.
Did you make a deal with the devil? Any normal woman would have had the grace to die when someone shot out her eye. But don’t worry, darlin’. I’ve got five more bullets.
Fiction © Copyright Rie Sheridan Rose
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Author Rie Sheridan Rose:
“I have always preferred the supernatural in tales of horror, the knot between life and death. Rie Sheridan Rose’s Skellyman is cool and creepy. Her first horror novel is a chilling read.” — Charlee Jacob – Stoker winner, Best novel, “Dread in the Beast”
Brenda Barnett is trying to cope with raising her four-year-old daughter all alone after an accident tore her family in half. As she and Daisy go for a much-needed treat, the little girl spots a Skellyman on the corner.
This pivotal encounter leads to a wave of mounting terror as Brenda’s life begins to come undone around her. Who is the Skellyman? Why does he keep appearing? Can the sympathetic policeman Brenda turns to stop the madness before it is too late?
And why does Daisy insist that her dead brother is trying to tell them something important?
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