#FiveSentenceFiction: Vindictive

Inspired by the character of Theo Decker in The Goldfinch

The GoldfinchI saw the cruel rictus on his lips, my friend on his knees, bleeding, the spent cartridges on the dirty concrete floor, and I knew: I would be next.

Beyond this place of despair, I saw my mother’s reflection in the mirror, her sweet smile, the deep blue eyes, her beloved mouth, showing me the way…

So I took a small step toward him, as he requested, very slowly, so as not to alarm his mind, troubled by the drug,

And in one smooth motion I threw the knife, deep in his chest, reading the surprise in the thug’s eyes as he fell on the floor, dying…

I could hear the Blade Runner laughing…

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