Death Has Its Heart in the Right Place

March 14, 2009
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Looking down the barrel of a gun is a strange feeling, but after staring into Death's dark face so many times, Jack had become accustomed to the tickles and prickles that run across your spine. It had become a familiar, a common, an ordinary feeling. He almost liked it, the sensation, of Death looming about, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. To him, it was intoxicating. It made his heart race, his blood pump and adrenaline run. It was like being in love for the first time, and the last. Yet every time that the Reaper swung his scythe on the mob boss, he always seemed to stop, never finishing the job. It was as though he, Death, took pleasure in seeing Jack sweat under his blade. They both enjoyed the mad thrill, but it seemed that this would be the last time they would saviour it.
Bang! The thunderous roar of the gun shattered the calm night. It was over.
'Here. You can keep it,' the assassin tossed the smoking gun onto Jack's cold lap.
A sinister smile cut the killer's face. Raising his chin proudly, as a young boy does after winning a prize, the mercenary turned around slowly, savouring his victory. Now all he had to do was collect his pay and live comfortably on some exotic island for the rest of his life, without worries, without problems, without necessities, without ' Bang! A second shot.
The assassin's knees broke under the pain. One moment he was savouring glory and the next he was savouring the bitter sweet taste of warm steel, the killer kiss of a bullet. On all fours, he lifted his trembling hand up to his chest: his shirt was soaked in blood that was spewing out on both sides of his trunk. He was cold, weak, in pain. Frozen sweat poured down his face as his insides burnt in anguish.
Writhing on the floor with no strength at all, he turned around to see who the shooter was. Behind him, sitting in the same leather-cushion seat he had been sitting when the assassin came in, Jack sat. The only difference was that now his right arm was outstretched with his fingers curled around the gun. His eyelids were heavy upon his red eyes, but he still maintained them wide open.
'No ' Impossible ' I shot you ' I shot you in the heart.'
Jack licked his lips and explained slowly, enjoying every word, 'I am dextrocardi-ac.'

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Pwincess said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm
That is such a wierd opning!
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:50 am
Definitely. Thanks for the comment!
pablo45 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:32 am
this book sounds intresting im ganna have to read it one day
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:48 am
There's no book, but thanks for the comment!
Loki17 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Great story- nice and concise.  Just one small thing- didn't Jack still get shot through the lungs?  
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:47 am
Thanks! As for the lungs: good point. Cheers!
lonelyLaviathin said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm
bravo. very intriguing
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:45 am
Glad you enjoyed it!
Zantesha said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm
really liked this !! the ending was PERFECT* :]
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:43 am
Thanks for the comment!
TheFutureAwaits said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm
I was captivated by your first sentence, "Looking down the barrel of a gun". Amazing!
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:43 am
Glad you enjoyed it! Cheers!
Anonymous_7 said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm
I enjoyed reading this! It was really intresting and I liked how you wrote Death to seem like an actual physical form. The ending was not to be expected ;) You did very good and should continue to do your best. Keep it up!  Also, Would you care to comment/rate my work? Thanks!
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:42 am
Thanks! I will be sure to check out your works too!
Sunshineintherain said...
Oct. 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm
I really liked this, it was random but in a good way and interesting. Keep writing!
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:39 am
Thanks! I sure will!
JacindaP said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm
The suspence was great. Very nice conclusion and nice body paragraphs. Great job.
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:39 am
Thanks for the comment!
kelseyp96 said...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm
very intense but maybe some more development
Andy B. replied...
Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:38 am
It was written as an exercise in class, trying to make it as short as possible, so there wasn't meant to be much character development. Thanks for the feedback!
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