Friday, September 9, 2011

I Confess - Flash Fiction

I had to do it. There comes a time when one's sensibilities become so inflamed, one's value system so assaulted, that murder is the only answer.  Deep down, I know that you will agree with me.

It was agony that drove me to him, a gray ache that bloomed into shades of vermillion, then shattered into a kaleidoscope of rage, bitterness, and dread.  And it was pain which I sought from him, quick, sharp, cleansing in its purity and object.

I lay quietly, watching him meticulously arrange the equipment. My mental preparations had been completed hours ago, for I thought that I knew what to expect.  But the passenger never boards expecting the end, the child never crosses the street thinking of death, and I had neglected to shield myself from one of the more common poisons of modern society. A crackle, and then a keening wail from far off ruffled the sullen air in the room; and that was when my very sanity took flight.

I stabbed him.

Somewhere between the Starship abomination  "We Built This City" and the persistent strains of  A Flock of Seagulls.

And between the fourth and fifth rib.

I stand accused of the attempted murder of Dr. Thomas Anthony, DDS.  Of course I regret the injury I caused him, but on the other hand, I believe that my case will be a landmark in the judicial system, and that I will have the support of many in the community.  In fact some of you, while reading this, will be nodding your heads in agreement.

It is not right to subject others, especially in trying circumstances, to bad '80s music. Ever.

There will be consequences.
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  1. Ai-yi-yi - I guessed where you were - ach! Couldn't we all respond so??

  2. Ooh that's really good! love it!

  3. Do we really want to hurt you? Do we really want to make you cry? I knew the drummer for Flock of Seagulls. Got to see a show of theirs. It was...forgettable.

    Good luck with the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.

  4. As a child of the 80s, I loved this. And wow, including "We Built this City" was an especially nice touch, since that song pretty much sums up 80s music! (True Confession - I actually LIKE the song. No knives, please!)

  5. Most intriging read and very well written.


  6. Death on a Manic Monday? Wow, 80's music causes us to do crazy things, just look at the clothes and hairstyles back then. Awesome story, Lisa...I was really not expecting that ending, you always surprise me. :) Very funny.

  7. Now this is flash fiction at its very best. Yeah, I've considered going on a killing spree while listening to bad 80s music.

  8. oh come on...i am a child of the 80s and i love the music...and now i am watching my back..ha

  9. Oh! I read this the other day, then got distracted by the blogfest and forgot to leave a comment!

    I have to admit, I am nodding my head! And, maybe there is a good case for justification there. :-)

    This is a fun read. I liked it very much.

  10. Oh dear. What can I say? I hope this is fiction!

    Dear Li,
    Thank you so much for commenting on my post about my blue and yellow necklace being featured on queenofsienna's Etsy treasury.

    As first commenter, I have given you a link back to this blog. I really appreciate your comment. My blog is supposed to be about jewellery-making, but lately my literary interests have started to dominate. I'll be showing more jewellery in the coming weeks as I need to show new items that could be Christmas presents.

    You are an amazing writer Li. I'm glad that I have met you through RFWers.

    Best wishes,

    For the benefit of other readers:
    Tina/parltradet's necklace featured in Etsy treasury

  11. Very nicely done! I had a bit of a giggle earlier when I saw what music my husband has on his iPod. Diabolical but thankfully he doesn't subject me to it.

  12. Ah the pain, the pain! I was recently at the dentist office myself, so I know how you feel :)


  13. Hah! That was awesome. I didn't realize it was a story at first.

  14. But I love Starship! ;)

    And I adore this: "...And between the fourth and fifth rib."

  15. LOL, anything or anyone with "DDS" after their name deserves it between the ribs and bad 80's music only justifies it. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow