The Vigil (Coincidentally, My 1,000th Post)

As a fiction writer, sometimes, I have difficult tasks.  As, primarily, a horror writer, those tasks can become very uncomfortable.  I almost didn’t send this story, but the writer in me got the best of me.  It touches on some hard, difficult spots.  I realized that that’s what horror should do.  It should leave you feeling raw and exposed, scared and nervous.  Please understand as you read.  Scott

The Vigil

By Scott L Vannatter for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

People of all ages had come to the memorial, candle in hand.  The 7 who had been shot at the mall were neighbors, friends, even family in the small Indiana town.  Something this horrendous had never happened to most of these individuals and they were scared, sad, and horrified.  The sheriff and several deputies stood around watching the crowd.  Even during this event, looters and pickpockets could happen.  So close to a holiday made things even worse, if that was possible.

He had paid his respects earlier.  His duties had pulled him long before he had spoken to many and gotten to know them better.  He didn’t expect friendship, but knowledge helped all the same.  A tear ran down his cheek, but it wasn’t really sadness, more of a reverence or prayer.  From the courthouse tower he loaded the first magazine and clicked it into place.  So many here.  He might just outdo Vegas yet.

word count: 155

My story was inspired by this week’s picture which has kindly been provided by Elaine Farrington Johnson. 

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  • TheDiaryOfSin  On October 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Omo… Not much Truly scares me when it comes to horror fic, maybe because I am the queen of demons.. BUt this one, actually made my heart sink and gave me goosies. I almost want to read more of this, but that just means I must read more of your stories.

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    • kindredspirit23  On October 4, 2017 at 12:08 am

      I have fallen in love with one of my works “Keeping Watch” – the second set of parts (I think 12?) is much more connected and better. It began as a Zombie with a difference and became more of a character study of the main character.


      • TheDiaryOfSin  On October 5, 2017 at 2:52 am

        is it on here? I dont think i saw it but ill keep an eye out if it is

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        • kindredspirit23  On October 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

          Its a whole section listed near the top left of my blog, It’s called “Carolyn – ‘Keeping Watch.’ “


        • TheDiaryOfSin  On October 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

          Oohhh derp xD

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  • The Chad  On October 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Whew, that was a doozy of a story. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Priceless Joy  On October 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    So chilling! Such a sad thing these people who become snipers for no apparent reason, killing people at random. The Las Vegas killing recently is just terrible and it gives me chills to think of it happening again. Great story!

    Liked by 1 person

  • Rosemary Carlson  On October 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Powerful. Very good writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  • James  On October 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. Well done and yes, it is horror.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Joyfrida  On October 3, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Nicely written, the human mind is difficult to navigate

    Liked by 1 person

  • Iain Kelly  On October 3, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Shocking. A difficult thing to try and enter the mind of someone who would do this. A brave effort.

    Liked by 1 person

    • kindredspirit23  On October 3, 2017 at 2:57 am

      Thanks. I could never do anything even close to this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t put my head there…read and watched too much horror.

      Liked by 1 person

    • kindredspirit23  On October 3, 2017 at 2:57 am

      If you get interested, I have a section called “short stories” on my blog…some are good, I am told.

      Liked by 1 person

  • Varad  On October 3, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Wow! This was some powerful writing. The second paragraph is something else.

    Liked by 1 person

    • kindredspirit23  On October 3, 2017 at 2:56 am

      I will assume you liked it. As I said, it was a bit difficult to write..if you get interested, drop by my blog and on the left side click “short stories”

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