FFftPP– The Dagger

Posted: January 21, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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Enough is enough, Tara thought, her Converse All-Stars pounding against the gravel. No more running. 

She ducked behind a tree, hoping they’d pass her by. Her brow was wet with sweat; her every breath was a heavy pant, released in a cloud. The hilt of the dagger strapped to her belt felt cold in the early morning air.

Remember your training. 

She shook her head. The thought had come out of nowhere, like a lighthouse beacon suddenly shining through a fog.

What training? I’ve never been trained in anything other than ice-skating, and I doubt that’s about to come in handy. 

The thoughts were added to a long list of things she didn’t understand. Each passing moment added new mysteries.

She didn’t know why she’d decided to book a trip to Ireland or why the homeless man, stinking of sweat, piss, and drink, had pressed a strange dagger into her hand or why two men in black coats had started chasing her during her morning run.

The men ran past her hiding spot, then stopped. They sniffed the air, like they knew she was there.

She gripped the dagger.

They’re coming. But maybe now I’ll get some answers.

Word Count: 195

This is my entry for this week’s FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER, run by rogershipp.

(I apologize for providing yet another story full of mysteries without much in the way of answers. I will try to turn out a few stories that actually give the reader a few answers eventually.)


  1. Graham Lawrence says:

    I’m waiting for the film! Nice story. Full of mystery and suspense!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. The Voice says:

    Wow, terrific suspense. This packed a lot of story into just a few words. Really well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is a very well written piece that leaves you with more questions at the end… Fantastic!

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  4. Jenn says:

    Very creative take on the prompt. I love it!

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  5. Wonderful mystery story! It left me wanting to know more.

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  6. mandibelle16 says:

    Exciting! Will you do a part 2?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I like the feeling of not knowing what happened. It gets me to fill in the blanks with my imagination! Very good.

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  8. Sonya says:

    I love the mystery, though. Fab story!

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  9. Martin Flux says:

    There’s never too many mysterious stories, and I think this one has just enough detail to kickstart one’s imagination. Nicely done!

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  10. afairymind says:

    I love the mystery. 🙂 A wonderfully intriguing story.

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  11. rogershipp says:

    What a great story line. I love the fact that she is ready to face the problem head-on! I could feel the intensity rising as she awaited the confrontation! So glad you could participate this week. Hope to hear from you in Week #5.

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