#ThursThreads Week 337 : There’s Just One

“The sheriff will live,” the doctor told his wife. “There’s just one thing. He won’t ever walk.” They’d found him where he’d been guarding Jimmy. Every bone in his right leg was broken. Compound fractures. His knee joint was missing, completely pulverized.

The officers at the safe house who were guarding Jimmy hadn’t been as lucky. Things like exiting buildings from the 3rd floor, backwards, through a window, never ended well. Neither did falling off roofs, putting your face through a car windshield. I really wished I hadn’t had to use such force.

They’d been protecting Jimmy. Keeping him safe. They’d fired their guns and shot holes into walls, cars, street lights, and anything else around. They didn’t find Jimmy. He was gone.

When they did find his remains, they noted how he was where they’d found Michelle’s body. His face had run into something. Hit it so hard, it kind of pushed into his head. He’d been shot, right where no man ever wants to get shot. More than once, too.

They found a note held to his chest with a railroad spike. “One less problem in the world.”

Pastor Greg sat on the first pew in his church, stared at the symbolic cross placed above the pulpit, and cried. He’d tried to keep his brother safe. Prayed his brother would learn. Asked God to take Jimmy in, and keep him safe.

I still had a couple of details to take care of.

244 Words
@mysoulstears


Only 3 parts left in this Armor 17 story. It’s Week 337 of #ThursThreads, hosted by Siobhan Muir. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #ThursThreads. They are always fun to read. And there are some great writers who turn out weekly.

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#55WordChallenge : The Fence – Part 33

I watched the monitors, I saw the fence, mile after mile of it. I saw a wolf, an eagle, a dog, a cat. It was true. Animals watched the fence. I saw the old trucks on one monitor, and a couple of the guard repairing a piece the fence. I’d seen those trucks countless times.

55 words
@LurchMunster


This is Part 33 of the serial story I’m working on for Lisa McCourt Hollar‘s #55WordChallenge flash fiction challenge. Please, go read all the other entries in the challenge this week.

The entire story, from Part 33 to Part 1, is located here.

#55WordChallenge : The Fence – Part 32

“The fence?” Taran waved dismissively, “Follow me, and I’ll show you.”

He led me back through the underground hallway, then through the greenhouse, to the streets outside, to an old church. Inside were several large monitors with live video feeds on them. “The animals monitor the fence, and call us when the Wraiths show up.”


This is Part 32 of the serial story I’m working on for Lisa McCourt Hollar‘s #55WordChallenge flash fiction challenge. Please, go read all the other entries in the challenge this week.

The entire story, from Part 32 to Part 1, is located here.

#55WordChallenge : The Fence – Part 31

CatTaran laughed. I stared at him.

That’s when a cat with blue eyes walked in. It studied me for a while, then looked at Taran, and shook its head.

“He doesn’t know.”

“What don’t I know?”

The cat yowled. Taran sighed, “That we keep the Hordes safe from the Wraiths.”

“The fence does that!”

55 words
@LurchMunster


This is Part 31 of the serial story I’m working on for Lisa McCourt Hollar‘s #55WordChallenge flash fiction challenge. Please, go read all the other entries in the challenge this week.

The entire story, from Part 31 to Part 1, is located here.

#55WordChallenge : The Fence – Part 30

Squirrel CloseupA squirrel ran down the side of the tree and walked to Taran. “Yes, little one. This is Flint. Alice’s son.”

“You’re the animal man.” The man whose animals kept us trapped inside our fences. Protected from him. I swung my fist at him but he’d already moved, as if he’d known what I’d do.

55 words
@LurchMunster


This is Part 30 of the serial story I’m working on for Lisa McCourt Hollar‘s #55WordChallenge flash fiction challenge. Please, go read all the other entries in the challenge this week.

The entire story, from Part 30 to Part 1, is located here.

#55WordChallenge : The Fence – Part 29

Taran laughed. “You’re one of Jessica’s descendants. The Horde kidnapped you when you were an infant.”

“What?”

“It broke Alice’s heart.”

He took me to his garden, to a tree with a broken heart drawn on it.

“She drew that. Years ago. I promised her I’d find you.” He closed his eyes. “And I have.”

55 Words
@LurchMunster


This is Part 29 of the serial story I’m working on for Lisa McCourt Hollar‘s #55WordChallenge flash fiction challenge. Please, go read all the other entries in the challenge this week.

The entire story, from Part 29 to Part 1, is located here.

#55WordChallenge : The Fence – Part 28

Taran handed me a picture. “The Wraith have developed a genetically modified people they call Zombies. They’re what attacked your people.”

“The Wraith?”

“Long story. They eat people.”

“Can they be stopped?”

“They have been. For now.”

“How?”

“We sent them a warning.” He handed me a picture of a tombstone.

“Jessica!” Our greatest enemy!

 55 Words
@LurchMunster


This is Part 28 of the serial story I’m working on for Lisa McCourt Hollar‘s #55WordChallenge flash fiction challenge. I like the challenge of writing a serial in 55 word chunks, based off of random pictures. Please, go read all the other entries in the challenge this week. It’s amazing what gifted writers can say in just 55 words.

The entire story, from Part 28 to Part 1, is located here.