Welcome to the two hundred and sixty-eighth in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a monologue from the prompt of ‘three things’. Here is my 249-worder.
I Never Listen
The three things? Oh, yes. 1. Talk to strangers – how old am I? 2. Bite my nails – they look OK, don’t they? And 3. Kill someone. Yeah, I know. I thought that one was a bit random… and obvious! But as I said, I never take any notice of my mother. It’s almost like I have to rebel and do the opposite, except for biting my nails.
So yes, I’ve killed someone and no, before your mind races ahead, not my mother. I couldn’t however much I wanted to and believe me I’ve thought about it; following her down the cold concrete stairs of her apartment block when the lift’s not working, which is most of the time… it’s a council estate.
Yes, I’ve stretched out my arms, flattened my palms and imagined them making contact, but never actually got closer than a few inches. What’s the point? If it was ever proven that I pushed her… can’t see how, but you know how good forensics are these days. I’d spend… how many? 20? 30 years? 30 years in jail for bumping off someone for no financial gain whatsoever. No, it had to be someone with money, someone I knew I could kill and get away with it… which is why I chose you.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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