50 Word Thursday

Boat
If I’d stopped to think I might not have done it, but fury is a great disregarder of caution.

“OH MY GOD, this book is so dark!” The woman – Anna, Audrey, April, whatever her name is – rolls over and pokes me. “Listen… if I’d stopped to think I might not have done it, but fury is a great disregarder of caution.” She snorts. “Is disregarder even a word?”

I ignore her as I finish putting the weapon together. I would have preferred something more subtle – like a car accident or poisoning – but the client wanted publicity. This would give him publicity. “You talk too much,” I growl. “Pass me the shell, please.”

“I’m just trying to make conversation. She flips her hair and pouts before handing me the ammunition. She’s a blonde, curvy in all the right places but not that pretty in the face. Still, she was the best I could find in the short time I was here. Pickings are slim in this backwater town.

I load the shell and aim at the boat. “Yeah, well, don’t.”

“Jeez, you’re kind of a… ” She covers her ears, her eyes wide with horror at the inferno on the water. “Holy crap, you hit that boat!”

I whip out my knife. Her eyes bulge as her hand flies to her throat. Blood pours down her chest. One solid kick to her gut, and she’s in the lake. I toss the weapon in after her.

God spare me from mouthy women.

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Written for 50 Word Thursday #11.

218 Words

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13 Replies to “50 Word Thursday”

    1. Thanks! I keep wondering why I’m so dark lately. I’m a romance writer, for pete’s sake! I like rom-coms and meet cutes and silly HEAs! It’s like I’ve been hit on the head and am now suffering from some alternative personality…

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      1. I think Darla, Steve, & company have gotten under your skin, Liz. But I’m glad, ’cause you’re so damn GOOD and so much fun to work with. Diversification is good for the soul and your art. If/when you get back to your romcomical self, don’t forget to dabble in the darkness every now and again. Please.

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      2. Poor Steve. I’ve lost the thread. Knowing me, I’ll have an epiphany in a few months and pick it up again. It’s been busy around here, and I’m a bit blocked with my main project. That’s why I’m writing all these little things. Trying to get my mind back in the game.

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