Pulse 17

januz-miralles

Sitting tight in this chamber, I consider my role.  It’s inevitable.  No blame’s attached; not to you for inviting me here, under duress; not to me for the consummation.

Awkward silence; I hear your pulse go – 15, 16 times.  I hear the click, click of emptiness; another moment passing by, adding its weight to the other hollow moments.

I sense the tang of perspiration, tang of stale relief.  I sense eternities of impatience.

Next round – I count your pulse: 15, 16… at 17, combustion.  Thoughts blossom up the wall.

I’m glad we kept our appointment, glad we shared it all.  I’m sorry about the mess of Russian roulette.

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This piece of flash fiction was written in response to the Photo Challenge #34 “Wrap” at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where all stories in the link-up were prompted by the picture by Januz Miralles at the top of this post.

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8 thoughts on “Pulse 17

  1. Oh dear …. I was trying desperately to figure out where it was going … was thinking dungeon thoughts, honestly … didn’t expect roulette. Very well done … and very uncomfortable … !

    • Yes, I suppose it could read like a dungeon-type setting at the beginning (certainly if your mind has a tendency to go down those channels of its own volition, anyway…) 😛

      Russian roulette is quite interesting – and bizarre. Graham Greene played it, apparently, in his depression. Plus it was the only interesting part of the Deer Hunter; well, that and Robert de Niro explaining “this is this,” which I always liked 🙂

      • I have an intense dislike of hunting and of movies that have Vietnam/ Cambodia jungle scenes. So … yeah .. never saw it. But perhaps it’s one to check into —

  2. This certainly was an interesting response – I loved the tension building – and although I wasn’t expecting Russian roulette – it seemed very appropriate and fitting. Highly evocative piece. 😀

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