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Western (classic shootout with a twist)
Arthur Rooke from Holland.
I’m gonna die. That’s for sure.
The sun is shining on my back.
I’m sweating like a pig and I’m scared.
People on the sidewalk are staring at me, fear in their eyes.
Not for me but for the outcome.
Me, the “brave” sheriff of this godforsaken town, facing death.
He is already waiting for me.
The bastard who cut open my best friend and terrorized the town for weeks.
Relaxed and full of himself, knowing he is faster.
I challenged him for this shootout.
Trying to stop all this violence.
Knowing deep inside that I have to do this.
The whole town is there on Main Street, praying for a miracle.
They know better, like I do.
I see my youngest daughter Selina, crying.
My friend is holding here with the one arm that still functions.
The bastard I’m about to face put two bullets in his shoulder and cut open his face.
Anika, my eldest, is nowhere in site.
“Hey fuckface, you decided to meet your doom!”
I try to smile away his insult but I fail.
I’m shaking now.
“Let’s get over it” I answer.
“My pleasure, fuckface”
Everybody is quit, I can hear birds singing.
Suddenly I draw my gun, but he is so much faster.
The bullet hit my chest and I’m going down.
The pain is overwhelming and than there is only blackness…..
I’m screaming inside my head like mad when my father falls down.
I’ve got no room for tears now, like my sister Selina.
The knife in my hand feels solid.
I enter Main Street from a back street.
The doctor is shaking his head above my fathers body.
The murderer is smiling and reveling in his “victory”.
I walk up to him, my hand with the knife on my back.
“Hey, little missy, you gonna give me a kiss?”
I smile my best phony smile.
“Sure, why not, I think you’re handsome”
He starts smiling. He is buying my shit.
His lips touches mine.
I drive the knife with all my anger into his stomach.
He starts howling and drops his gun.
He tries to get knife out with both hands.
I pick up the fallen gun and shoot him right in the chest.
The impact throws him on the ground.
He is still not dead.
I look around and see Selina.
I nod and she understands.
She runs to me, still crying but full of determination.
I give her the gun and yank the knife out of the shivering body.
She kisses my lightly.
I drive the knife in the asshole’s throat.
Then I roll away.
Selina is emptying the gun on his face, turning it to a bloody pulp.
I can cry now. We both do, in each others arms.
Postscript: This story is dedicated to Anika and Selina who are my real daughters.
I sincerely believe we would all do our parts in the above given circumstances.
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"Interesting story, Arthur. It's almost like taking the Joy Luck Club sentiments and taking them to their most extremes. I'm not sure about the formatting, it makes it look like a poem when it presumably isn't. Apart from that it's good, simple yet effective :)" -- S J Fletcher.
"Hello SJ Fletcher, Maybe I just invented a new genre, PROEMS, prose in a poem format :-) For the moment, the emotion in an effective way is what I am looking for. I try not to be boring. The story has to hit the reader. Thanks for your nice comment! Greets ,Arthuro from Holland " -- Arthuro, Lelystad, Holland.
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