…Never Did Run Smooth

“Please kill me,” he pleads. She can’t look at him. Slowly, she retreats. Her final words are: “You’ll never walk out on me again.”

*****

The police find him. He has lost seven pints of blood and it has taken two days for him to die.

*****

They never find his legs.

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The Reconciliation

It had been nine years. He never expected to see Billy again.

He passes prison security and waits. Billy appears. Worn, altered. Older.

Silence. Then: “Thanks for seeing me. Before…too late.”

Hesitation. Then: “Thank you for putting me here, Dad. I understand. Finally.”

They embrace for the last time.

Two Horse Town

Franklin strode into town like a hungry dog. His pistol finger red raw, his eyes blood-swept. He booked into the first whorehouse on Main and had himself a feast. Six beautiful women in six hours. Fat Sheriff Anderson arrived and shot Franklin stone cold dead.

Jealousy is a miserable thing.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The wolf gnashed at the boy’s ripe jugular and in a bloody fountain chomped off a fatty cheek. Then he devoured the squirming boy’s beef-lined intestines.

The shepherds gave wolf a nod. “Thanks for that mate. We owe you.”

“No problem,” said the full-bellied wolf, “the pleasure was a-a-a-a-a-ll mine.”

The Kingdom

The virus spread. By June it had infected the Northern hemisphere. By September, only a few thousand of us were left alive. Our immunity was a puzzle. There seemed no reason whywe had survived. Then ‘Dark December’, someone claimed to have sight in one eye. We made him king.

The Mystery at Tann Hill

A curse befell the town. Children started disappearing. The town panicked. Was the haggard woman on the hill a witch? The mayor led the townsfolk to her shack and hammered the door down. She was already dead. Bludgeoned by the small fists of a hundred children who were never found.

Bodies

Two charred bodies were discovered within when the commune was burnt to the ground. Tragic lovers who had met twenty years ago in a Colorado college where they had fallen instantly in love, married and had an only child who grew up loathing their liberal attitudes and loving fire.

Funny Strange

We stayed in a haunted house. Held hands and couldnt let go. Flinched at noises, winced and huddled under covers. Finally a ghost appeared, we screamed, he apologized for frightening us and as a goodwill gesture spent an hour doing a stand up comedy routine about being dead and Thatcher.