Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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A short story inspired by this week's picture at Sunday Photo Fiction




As I wandered along the deserted street I had nothing but my shadow for company. The only sound to break the silence was that of my laboured footsteps. I felt alone in the world as though no-one else existed. Until that is I came upon an apartment block, its windows aglow with light. For as I passed the first, I heard the outpouring of jolly laughter and the pop of a cork. I felt a pang of envy for the merriment within. From the second window came the sweet sound of a violin. I paused to take in the melody that floated down and swirled around, wrapping me in a comforting blanket of mellow music. I had a smile on my face as I approached the third. Wondering what I would hear I stopped hoping for something to further raise my spirits. Instead, I heard a spine-chilling scream and frantic shouting. In the open window, I noticed somebody turn and stare in my direction. There was a sudden explosion of gunfire. Then everything fell silent.

The End

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16 comments:

  1. This was bone chilling. Did he get shot?

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  2. Not the ending I was expecting! Great writing Keith

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    1. Nor me when I started writing! Thanks Iain

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  3. The end was totally unexpected. Absolutely brilliant writing Keith.

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  4. Hi Keith - certainly spine chilling ... a real horror tale. Very appropriate for the photo ... congratulations - cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm pleased it had the desired effect! Thanks Hilary

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  5. I imagine your character still in shadow, witness to a murder!
    Well done.
    Fiction often mimics real life. I can see the headline news now!

    Thanks for visiting me at my WP offerings including the fictional 'The Price of Liberty'. I have this account because it is easier for me to comment - Happy New Year. ~Jules

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    1. Real life is the breeding ground of believable fiction. Thanks Jules and a happy new year to you also.

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  6. Wow, that one ended with a bang!! Well done, you left us totally unprepared for that finale!

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  7. Wow, that was chilling. I like the sudden reversal from the beginning. I like the "textures" you wrote in the descriptions. Well done!

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  8. Great story. I love how they write themselves and then stun you with the ending, stunning us, the reader as well.

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  9. I can relate to having a story take an unexpected turn on you, the author. Well done!

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