Monday, February 28, 2011

magpie tales: no remorse

photo courtesy of tess kincaid


She was starving. It had taken more time than she thought. And more energy. She looked down at her hands, still covered in crimson, but there was no remorse. Only that relentless hunger. She’d kill for a bloody steak slathered in onions right about now. And there was absolutely nothing in the apartment except a shriveled lemon and a moldy chunk of cheddar. She guessed she’d have to clean up the mess and go out. Wouldn’t want anyone to find things this way. Fingerpainting was a messy business.


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25 comments:

Jodi said...

Whoa! Love, love, love! lol

Francesca said...

You know how to create images with words, and play with them!

120 Socks said...

Good one!

deb colarossi said...

very very clever !

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, very good, Leslie. I was quite shocked, at first, thinking a bloody murder didn't sound like your usual style, and of course it wasn't! You got me good this time, but I'll be watching for the zinger next time. LOL
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Jinksy said...

What a great tale... condensed to give the best flavour...

Bee's Blog said...

Expected something gruesome so that fact that it wasn't, was a surprise. Nice, very nice.

Elizabeth said...

AHA! That was great!

Shug said...

Hi Leslie..
Wasn't sure of what the next word was going to be...had me on the edge of my seat...
Good Job.
shug

Kathe W. said...

clever twist!

Reflections said...

Oh my, the devious mindful play of an artist, brush stroking the intrigue of yet another clever twist.

becky said...

Whoa! You really had me going...thanks for the last sentence...such relief! Clever girl!

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

Finger painting surely is a messy business , enjoyed reading this

Emily Young said...

I LOVE this! The beginning feels straight out of a Dennis Lehane novel. I like the short gritty sentences and the word play (kill for a bloody steak). And then the surprise at the end - perfect.

Martin H. said...

Love the lemon twist.

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Teri said...

I'm new to your blog. Nice Magpie. And finger painting...love that part. It all comes down to needs and desires basically, doesn't it! And what it takes to get what we need.

Tess Kincaid said...

Cute artistic take!

Tumblewords: said...

A twisty, tasty tale!

Glenn Buttkus said...

What subterfuge, and tricky
literary circumnavigation,
and your closer was bang on.
Continue to have fun with us.

Kim Nelson said...

As an occasional finger-painter, I really liked this one!

Here's mine:

http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/03/02/ideal-afternoon/

Trellissimo said...

Good one. Keeps us guessing.

signed...bkm said...

finger painting...now that is a fine art that few master...well done..on this magpie..is was a test for me...Great job...bkm

Kristen Haskell said...

Nice one! I wonder what was she fingerpainting with...HMMM

Lena said...

heh heh heh......brought a huge smile to my face, this one has....!!

Dawn said...

I just found your site and plan to check back often! I absolutely LOVE your piece on fingerpainting - excellent writing!