FFfAW – They Need Hands

Posted: June 7, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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Stories of the strangler in the park had the police were on edge, so the moment the report of movement in the park came in, they rushed into action.

The police found him standing over the statue with a sledgehammer, cackling. The arms were on the ground. The man was still laughing as he turned, swinging the sledgehammer.

“I had to do it, you see,” he said.

“Put the hammer down!” a police officer shouted. He reached for his gun.

“No.” The man held up his hand and shook his head.”You… You don’t understand. I had to stop her. I had to – ”

Propelled by gunpowder and fear, the bullet struck and the man said no more.

Death was instantaneous. Sledgehammer and man flew backwards, landing by the statue’s feet.

The last thing he saw was the smiling grey face.

There were no more stranglings after that night.

Stranglers need hands.

Word Count: 150

Getting this into 150 words was a real challenge!

This is for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and to phylor for providing the prompt photo!

  1. rosemawrites says:

    oh geez! this is eerie and captivating! geez.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. The Voice says:

    Sounds like a killer statue. 🙂 Nice job.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Uuuh, good and creepy! The statue was the strangler! Great story, J.A.!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. This is a really captivating story. Good take on the prompt.

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  5. Eli Pacheco says:

    There’s an unexpected twist! I love how the word count takes you right to the heart of the matter, doesn’t it?

    Liked by 2 people

  6. mandibelle16 says:

    Oh nice twist. I enjoyed this. The inoccent statue was a strangler, the man was only trying to stop her. I guess he did, she had no arms. But he got shot, so didn’t turn out so good for him. No one is getting strangled though, so that’s progress 🙂 Nice write!

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  7. maria says:

    Geez! Nice build up of intense!! Well done. I feel bad for the man though. Had they knew why he did that…

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  8. Singledust says:

    i totally relate to the pressure of getting a story out in so few words, but this was excellent! was he tricked or just disillusioned? Can’t ask him now.

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  9. Shivangi says:

    This is creepy and eerie… Great take on the prompt!

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  10. magarisa says:

    The man was not crazy after all! Captivating story.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I love the ways folks take my picture and run with it. Great story even if word limit was tough to write.

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