The challenge each week: A new picture, a new story. Beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting. Click on the blue frog at the bottom to read the works of other Fictioneers. And please, let me know what you think. Constructive criticism is golden.
A Bitter Heart – 100 words
She’s prosecuting a violent gang lord. I’ve duplicated the key to the vacant apartment.
“Special occasion?” she mutters, while thumbing through reams of testimony.
“Going away party,” I reply. My words never register.
“It’s stuffy in here,” she complains. “Open the window.”
“Perfect.” I raise the sash, and stand very, very still. I feel—something? Nothing. Hear the impact; papers flutter. I step over her. Walk to the corner vendor.
“What’ll ya have?”
“Foot long, all the way. Extra onions.” Bread like air. Popped casing. Chili drips, and I lick it from my hand. No organic baby arugula, ever again.
“A bitter heart, that bides its time, and bites.” –Robert Browning, “Caliban upon Setebos”