Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Hangman

by John Xero


“It is done, my lord.”

His lord? How insincere. But then, if he could genuinely conceive of fealty he would be of no use to me. He thinks he will feign subservience and be done with me once I grant him his apotheosis. Fool.

He holds the newspaper high. The headline is his, again; they have dubbed him The Hangman of Headley. Proud fool.

He thinks I am deceived by his false obeisance but his pride blinds him to the truth. With each child hanged his soul shrivels. Soon enough he will be empty and I will ride his husk.





(Originally written for Lily Childs' Friday Prediction)

10 comments:

  1. Ohh dark, chilling, nasty! I liked it! ^_^

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  2. Making a deal with the devil never goes well!

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    1. And yet people keep making them... ;)

      Thanks, Larry. =)

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  3. Rough existence when even murder won't please your boss - if not unusual.

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    1. Tell me about it... Always, "just one more, just one more." There's the expense account but do they consider the personal time you put in for hiding the bodies, setting up alibis, cleaning the crime scene, disposing of evidence, bribing officials... ;)

      Thanks, John. =)

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  4. A fool indeed.
    The Devil plays his own games far better than anyone else, deception being a strong part of his natural make-up.

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    1. Well, exactly, and he's been playing these games for so long...

      Thanks, Steve. =)

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  5. 100 spine chilling words telling quite a story - wow. I really admire this technique of yours to incisively take us to the action via your character's telling thoughts.I'll remember to use this, thanks!

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    1. No worries, Brinda. Thank you. =)

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