Flash Fiction #26
(Prompt from /r/WritingPrompts) "And now I draw my father's sword in the name of evil." He held the chalk aloft, bowed to the five walls of the room, and then crouched down to draw his chalk across the rough surface of the paper. It wasn't an exact image, but rather a stylized likeness. A sweeping gray curve for the blade, a rounded shape for the pommel. He smeared the lines with his thumb to create the impression of motion. The bucket of chalk beside him held only a few pieces. The last of these, a tiny chunk of red, he ground to dust in his palm and blew across the image: A faint spray of blood. His father's sword was not a sword that sat around in its sheath. It was a working sword. It got its hands dirty. He stood up, dusted off his hands, and bowed to the watching malevolence. The spirit would understand, he knew. He turned and left the room, flicking the switch by the door as he passed it. The spirit didn't need light to study his drawing, or to comprehend the message encoded in its carefully-placed lines. The report came a week later. A black automobile pulled up in front of his mansion, and a blue-uniformed courier got out. He was already at the door - he'd been sitting by the window, watching. "What is it?" he asked. "News of my father?" He wasn't sure he'd managed to sound convincingly worried. The courier gave him a funny look. "Yes," she said. "I'm sorry. It's not good news." She handed him a letter. "Oh." His face fell, exaggeratedly. "That's horrible." She nodded sympathetically, although she still had one eyebrow up. "Please excuse me," he said, clutching the letter. "I think I need to be alone." "I understand," she said. "If it's any consolation, the physicians think he might pull through." "...what?" "It's all in the letter." She paused. "You don't seem happy." "I thought you were here to tell me he was dead," he said. "He isn't, yet. He may still die. Do you want him dead?" She was frowning, but not with anger. ---15 mins--- Flash Fiction Index: http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=393711
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