Spark of Knowledge – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

Copyright Kent Bonham

Copyright Kent Bonham

She closes her eyes, trying to erase the memories of what just happened.

When she opens them, his aura is stronger, pulsating deep crimson now and he’s approaching her… again.

Concentrating fiercely, she summons the image of the old book… opens the pages…

“Any witnesses?” says the pathologist later, zipping the charred remains into the body-bag.

“Only that kid there, and she’s a retard,” says the cop.

The pathologist winces, embarrassed.  “You don’t mince words do you, Bud?”

Bud sighs.

“Ok… for the bleeding hearts brigade, I’ll rephrase it.   She’s hardly likely to set the world on fire, is she?”

Back on the boat in France, and after one lovely warm sunny day, we’ve had twelve hours of incessant downpour.  With more rain forecast, and the river already rising, the only place to be is on our boat.  Thanks to la capitaine, Rochelle, for continuing to navigate the Friday Fictioneers ship with her usual aplomb. 🙂

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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79 Responses to Spark of Knowledge – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

  1. ceayr says:

    Rire!
    Superb piece of black humour.
    Your normal extraordinary standard which most of us merely dream of attaining.

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    • Sandra says:

      Why thank you! 🙂 I see you’ve lost none of your charm, even though your mobility might be a little impaired right now. Here’s hoping your hand is soon better – I can imagine only too well how frustrating this might be for you (as someone who has to get other people to open jars and bottles for them). Thanks for taking the trouble to drop by. All good wishes coming your way.

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  2. Dear Sandra,

    You’re one of the writers that has made me happy to have stuck with FF so long. The last line made me snort. Good thing the coffee’s not done yet. 😉 Brilliant.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. emmylgant says:

    Well done! Everything necessary to piece a mystery and a tragedy with abuse and witchcraft implied. Fabulous take on the image.

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  4. d3athlily says:

    Loved the dark humor here! You certainly never disappoint, Sandra. 😀

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  5. Great character sketch in very few words.

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  6. oldentimes says:

    You captured the essence of a lost soul! Well crafted and well done!

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  7. jellico84 says:

    Love the story. Hate the behavior of “Bud”! Not only is it socially unacceptable, it simply shows who the real “retard” is (and it isn’t the child)!

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  8. wmqcolby says:

    Tee-riffic, Sandra! I could see it all happening. Great last line, too. You capped it off well. Five out of five zippered bags. 😉
    Could you e-mail me your radio play? I lost it in a “computer information purge.” 😦

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  9. Fantastic take on the prompt Sandra! Really enjoyed the dark humour, well done!
    Heidi 🙂

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  10. IfeomaO says:

    While the bleeding heart’s brigade is not a fan of Bud’s attitude, I enjoyed the way his poor manner of speaking brought the piece to a funny close- due to the darker nature of the story line. Well done!

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  11. He had better watch his back.

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  12. Sue says:

    Great, dark write, Sandra!

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  13. Always best to judge a book and a girl by the cover, I never say.
    Mysterious piece.
    Tracey

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  14. Great story Sandra, I love all the layers

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  15. helenmidgley says:

    This was subtly brilliant 🙂

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  16. Ha.. Love that last line… What a perfect conclusion… Dark humor, witchcraft, hypocracy everything at once.

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  17. That last line just sets the whole piece off perfectly. Amazing piece Sandra.

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  18. Dale says:

    This was fabulous! Yes, were I Bud, I’d be more careful around that “retard”… methinks she won’t mince actions… 😉

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  19. Margaret says:

    Breathtakingly good. This is a gem – perfect pace, plot and character.

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  20. gahlearner says:

    Brilliant! The last line brings the kind of laughter that eventually chokes you.

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  21. Wow! This is wonderful. It’s a good lesson in not taking things at face value. My Dad and I were talking about spontaneous human combustion recently (perhaps this is one explanation…).

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  22. This is great Sandra. Loved the subtleness of the narration and the dark humour of the final line (did you smile when you wrote it?!). It could be the opening to an episode of The X-Files!

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  23. draliman says:

    Great piece! Bud may end up eating his words 🙂

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  24. maria says:

    Uh uh… someone’s in trouble! I hope he gets away before she summon any old books again. Thrilling piece, Sandra!

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  25. Well told, as always. Never underestimate an angry (or scared) woman!

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  26. Once again, you freak us all out with a powerful last sentence that puts everything into perspective. Great piece, but let’s bring marshmallows the next time she goes off.

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  27. plaridel says:

    most definitely, one can’t judge a book ..er, a kid by its cover. well done.

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  28. I loved it! Great ending.

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  29. That was a terrifying and brilliant story, Sandra – your combination of witchcraft, sexual (I think) molestation, societal blindness, death and innocence is deadly. You are a master-storyteller.

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  30. mjlstories says:

    Great story. So much happening between the lines. And so much empathy built up for your main character so quickly.

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  31. Jan Brown says:

    The last line is hysterical, in a creepy, “you may be next” kind of way. Brilliant story!

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  32. rgayer55 says:

    Sounds like she has powers beyond the detectives perception. A lot of us are mentally challenged. I wouldn’t hold that against her.

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  33. And once again it is the “foolish” things that confound the “wise”.

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  34. liz young says:

    Savage revence on her attacker – well written as ever.

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  35. lillian says:

    Well, you’ve set a fire with your tale here 🙂 Well done! Zip up that black bag and be careful what we say! 🙂
    Just back from two months in Bermuda and getting reacclimated to Friday Fictioneers. Some wonderfully unique takes on this great photo. From map to coloring book to witch craft 🙂
    Good to be back!

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  36. subroto says:

    She’d be a great help at family barbeques. Great line to end another brilliant story.

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  37. Amy Reese says:

    Well put together, Sandra. Your characters really come through with your dialogue. You don’t want to get on this little girl’s bad side. Love it!

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  38. Mike says:

    A wise use of a dangerous book, Bud better watch out. Great writing mike

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  39. Good story, Sandra, ending in dark humor. This child has special powers. No one need worry about her unless they mean to harm her. They’re then toast. Well done. 🙂 —- Suzanne

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  40. Dee says:

    Deftly done, your last line was a corker, well done.

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  41. wildchild47 says:

    Wonderful twist to this tale – it has a Stephen King’s “Carrie” feel to it, which is delightfully pleasing. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Love the direction the photo prompt image inspired. 🙂

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