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Death Has Its Heart in the Right Place

March 14, 2009
By Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
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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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on Mar. 22 2022 at 3:01 am
kali73304 SILVER, Long Lane, Missouri
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I loved this, the plot twist was very good.

camc1_03 said...
on Jun. 11 2021 at 1:18 pm
camc1_03, Mount Olive, New Jersey
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I love the descriptions and story in general, it was a nice piece to read. I loved the ending and the beginning of the piece, the ending the most it was done very well.

on Feb. 16 2021 at 3:43 pm
The-Grim-Reaper SILVER, Hudson, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
We are all born crazy some of us remain that way

We don't talk about Bruno

Silenco Bruno

I do have my heart in the right place don't I

on Jan. 6 2021 at 3:08 pm
emilyburns BRONZE, Omaha, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
Tomorrow is a wish
Yesterday was the past
Today is a gift
That is why it is called the present
-alternated by Emily Burns

This is a very intriguing passage. I'm glad you decided to share it with the world.

on Dec. 9 2020 at 9:56 am
living-dead-girl-666 PLATINUM, Coffeyville, Kansas
27 articles 1 photo 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
The roses are wilted
The violets are dead
The demons run circles
Round and round inside my head

those plot twist tho
they really got me

ewingschool said...
on Oct. 16 2020 at 8:31 am
ewingschool, Ewing, New Jersey
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This was interesting and violent but i loved it. There were a couple plot twist in here that i wasn't expecting but overall great piece.

Dre_2021 said...
on Oct. 16 2020 at 8:04 am
Dre_2021, Ewing, New Jersey
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Amazing story! I really liked the plot twist and how jack got the last laugh

on May. 19 2017 at 11:10 am
A_Fellow_Writer SILVER, Delaware, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world."

"I am dextrocardi-ac..." Jokes on you, Mr. Assassin. Should've gone for the head.

on May. 13 2015 at 7:03 pm
That last twist was fab-tasticly awesome

on Feb. 10 2015 at 11:42 pm
creativewriter144108 SILVER, Keizer, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:

I agree with everyone else here, amazing story kind sir. I bow to you. Bravo, not even kidding. I LOVED it! :)

on Mar. 17 2014 at 4:23 pm
Mister_J PLATINUM, Colorado Springs, Colorado
42 articles 3 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Captain, I wish to report a mutiny. I can name fingers and point names." - Captain Jack Sparrow

Pretty good. If you like surprise endings, you should check out my thriller called "From The Inside". It's so freaky that I gave myself nightmares when I finished reading it.

on Jan. 31 2014 at 8:48 am
A.M.Geyer PLATINUM, Alverton, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

That was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I totaly love this story!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Dec. 2 2013 at 6:21 am
this is awesome!

on Oct. 30 2013 at 12:32 pm
BeautylovesBeast SILVER, N. Las Vegas, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they'll be when you kill them

It was a short story but it was an incredible story. You did an amazing job writing this story!

on Oct. 11 2013 at 9:23 am
Jezmondinie PLATINUM, Tonbridge, Other
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Favorite Quote:
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

really loved the story! short but snappy and actually a little bit funny :D

on Sep. 12 2013 at 4:26 am
Michaela95 GOLD, Cape Town, Other
10 articles 1 photo 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
The way you do anything, is the way you do everything

Wow, you managed to do what other writers take pages to accomplish. Loved the accelerated pace and build-up. Very refreshing, thank you :D

Michael22 said...
on Jul. 21 2013 at 12:14 pm
Michael22, New Haven, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"I have eternal longings in me!"
"Everything you can imagine is real!"

I bow to you Sir! That was an engaging story with a great twist!

on Jun. 26 2013 at 7:22 pm
MorningStar921 PLATINUM, Cheshire, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"They made their own choice. They chose family. And, well... isn't that kinda the whole point? No doubt - endings are hard. But then again... nothing ever really ends, does it?"
--Chuck, 'Supernatural' Episode 522

This is such a great story! Loved the surprise twist ending. How'd you ever come up with it?

MetalHead115 said...
on May. 7 2013 at 9:58 am
That. Was. Awesome. Keep writing!

Mella PLATINUM said...
on Mar. 28 2013 at 10:04 pm
Mella PLATINUM, Natchitoches, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
" All the World's A stage, and all the men and women merely players." - Shakespeare's "All the Worlds A Stage" poem.

Oh, I also noticed the pun " Death has it's heart in the right place" and the guy had his actual heart in the wrong place. Well, you see what I'm saying :p Haha :)