Alone Upon the Ice

Posted: February 9, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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They set the chair in the middle of the lake, above creaking ice. The sun was already rising, hairline cracks spreading, water splashing through.

The ropes bit into her wrists and her ankles, tight enough to leave bands of red. She glared at them with hate-filled eyes as they stepped back, smiling and laughing.

“You tell us what we want to know,” the leader said, “or we’ll leave you here.”

Ice cracked under his feet, as if nature was on their payroll.

“Go to Hell,” she spat.

They nodded and backed away, leaving her to the mercy of icy waters.

Word Count: 100

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Ted Strutz for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Dale says:

    Cruel… makes us wonder whatever she could have done to merit such treatment?

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  2. As if nature was on their payroll—excellent line!

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Nice she was a fighter to the end. Sad but they don’t seem like good guys who would’ve let her live anyways. Great write!

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  4. granonine says:

    Bad guys getting away with murder–and yet, I don’t feel much sympathy for the victim. Did you do that on purpose?

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    That’s one way to torture someone. If she’s not going to talk now I guess nothing will work ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Glad she wouldn’t give in—assuming she’s one of the good guys. Her tormenters don’t seem to be. But if truth be told there are a lot more painful ways to go than drowning.

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    • I think the wait would get to her more than the drowning. I thought of her as one of the good guys, although I didn’t say one way or the other โ€“ and good is relative.
      Thanks for commenting!


  7. Michael Wynn says:

    I wonder what it is worth dying for? She’s certainly brave and stubborn in equal portions.

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  8. jellico84 says:

    Ouuuu, vicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. werrf says:

    Now you need to write the sequel, where she uses the sudden adrenaline shock of going into the water to break the chair and come up swinging.

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