Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Na’ama Yehuda.
And it can be read, if you choose, as part of the prequel to last week’s story.
Click here to hear the author read his words:
Green for Go
She punches me in the mouth.
It is unexpected, and brutal.
I taste blood, my tongue probing at the loosened teeth.
She slips outside, into the night.
I wait, tense.
I listen for gunshots.
There is nothing.
I start to relax…
The bark of a single shot.
Much nearer than I expect.
The door flies open.
The officer strides in, expression strained and pistol drawn.
When he sees my burst lips his own twist slightly.
A resourceful woman, your wife, he says.
He stumbles unsteadily against the wall.
His open greatcoat reveals the gaping wound in his stomach.