Mack the Knife – Friday Fictioneers

Once again my input is somewhat abbreviated.
Thanks to Rochelle as always for hosting this challenge, and to Dale Rogerson for the prompt photo.

© Dale Rogerson

Mack the Knife

That’s what they call me.
Well, it’s not such a creative leap, even for the morons I know.
I’m a Scot, and a well-honed blade is my preferred method of retribution.
The Boss, who is ancient, says it is appropriate.
Apparently Mack the Knife was a popular song about 100 years ago, back in the fifties.
Right now that is the least of my concerns.
The Boss is displeased.
Upset even.
Seems that annoying dude I carved up recently was his son.
So I’m wearing concrete overshoes and about to go feed the fishes.
Kinda ironic, given that song’s about a shark.

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50 Responses to Mack the Knife – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Uh, oh. Seems he was too quick with his weapon of choice. I sometimes wonder how many people ended up that way or inside cement bridges. Good, well-written story, C.E. 🙂 — Suzanne


  2. I’ve always wondered why they used to play “Mack the Knife” at weddings. It’s a bouncy tune for such a dark subject, but GEEZ! Thanks for your story.


  3. They say music can be timeless, so can the methods of retribution it seems! Good stuff


  4. Love the voise in this…and the comments are a hoot!


  5. Abhijit Ray says:

    With an angry boss at your back, you better look for a better weapon – may be a gun.


  6. James McEwan says:

    So non-plus about the concert shoes, I bet he is wearing slipper socks and he’ll be out in no time.


  7. Mike says:

    What a great wee story, loved it


  8. 4963andypop says:

    Nice nickname, not so nice retribution for Mackie’s own, ill-aimed retribution. Nice song in German or English about a thoroughly unsavory character.

    I had not noticed the reference to cement in the song before reading your story:

    There’s a tugboat, huh, huh, down by the river dontcha know
    Where a cement bag’s just a’drooppin’ on down
    Oh, that cement is just, it’s there for the weight, dear
    Five’ll get ya ten old Macky’s back in town
    (From the Bobby Darin’s version)


  9. Now if he’s kept it out of sight he might have got away with it – preferably not hidden under his kilt though – ouch!


  10. Nan Falkner says:

    ha ha ha – the scary fish “Mack the Knife” 100 years later, people are still talking about him! Cute and funny story!


  11. draliman says:

    What goes around comes around… he seems to have a very fatalistic attitude to it all, anyway!


  12. Mike says:

    “Concrete Shoes” … Why changes to a new method when the old concrete shoes works great, ha.


  13. The fish would be salivating, eagerly awaiting their party!


  14. Interesting story. Looks like history is repeating.


  15. His death will weigh heavily. So to speak. 🙂


  16. Ouch this story carry great weight but of course the song should be sung in German by Lotte Lenya:

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  17. trentpmcd says:

    I guess viscous knifemen don’t change much over the centuries, nor the best ways to dispose of the bodies….


  18. granonine says:

    That’s a rather pragmatic view of one’s impending death. Sort of a shrug of the shoulders. I guess when you live violently, you expect to die violently.


  19. Iain Kelly says:

    Seems like this gang is going to tear itself apart until there’s no one left. At least the fish will be well fed.


  20. Danny James says:

    Not a good future there.


  21. Dear C.E.

    Lou Cabrini sleeps with the fishes…apparently, so does Mack the Knife. He should’ve been more careful with his carving knife.




  22. neilmacdon says:

    I didn’t know Scots said dude. They really shouldn’t, you know


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