The Tourist - a short story

The Tourist


He tried to hide his excitement, but it was difficult. He had saved and done without for six years in order to be here, and now he could barely conceal his glee. It was the dream of a lifetime, but he had to contain himself, and maintain a sober face. To do otherwise might expose him.

Luckily, he had no tattoos or markings. He had decided against it as a precaution, and also because he was vain, and did not want to spoil what he saw as perfection. There was nothing to identify him as one of the chosen, other than his blond hair and blue eyes, but they were common enough here, so he felt safe.

Over there was the railroad siding, and over here was where the famous sign used to be, proclaiming: “Arbeit Macht Frei”…Work makes freedom.

Here was where millions of filthy Jews and other undesirables were exterminated by Hitler, and the chosen people…the glorious Nazis.

Ernest Mueller had long ago changed his surname to Miller, and his American activities as a Neo-Nazi were well disguised, so he was not worried that anyone might know of his true reason for being here in Auschwitz on a tour. He was not here to mourn the deaths of millions. He was here to relish it, part of his initiation rite in becoming a member of the top secret, Aryan Rebirth. He had already burned a synagogue in America, killing a rabbi and a child in the process.

Ah yes, there was the rail line, and those boxcars sitting on the spur were among the precious ones that once transported the Jews here by the millions. Over there was the building where they were gassed, believing they were about to take a shower. The thought amused him, and he stifled a grin. Over here was the killing field, where worn out slave laborers were made to kneel before being shot in the back of the head. He wished he could have seen it! What a glorious time, and had the weak German people not have betrayed the great Herr Hitler, the Third Reich Nazis would have been the undisputed masters of the world! The thought angered him.

He glanced to his left and was startled to see a man smartly dressed in an officer’s uniform. He seemed to be beckoning to him. The tour group was already some fifty feet ahead of him, and the guide was looking the other way. On a whim, he turned and headed for the officer, disappearing behind a prisoner barracks.

The officer waited, his hands clasped behind his back. He wore a pistol in a black holster, and Ernest could see he was holding a riding crop. His boots were knee length, and his uniform pants were neatly tucked in. The brim of his hat was shiny black leather, and he wore the twin lightning strokes of the SS. He looked at Ernest dispassionately, his face unreadable.

“I am Colonel Wagner. If you wish, I will give you a private tour of the crematorium, before the crowd gets there.” He was a tall blond man, like Ernest, and his piercing eyes were sky blue. His smile was chilling. “Think of me as your private guide. I know a fellow believer when I see one.” Ernest was startled that it was so obvious, but he felt safe with this man. It was as if he understood Ernest completely.

They walked slowly, along a double fence row of barbed wire, supported by concrete fence posts some twelve feet high and curved inward at the top. They had once been electrified, and it was a voltage meant to kill. Off to Ernest’s right was a small platform, with two sets of steps. Two upright posts supported a heavy crossbeam, and he could see it was a simple gallows, but without a rope.

“Did they also hang prisoners?”

The Colonel glanced at the structure. “They killed them any number of ways, but that’s where they hung the Auschwitz Commandant, Rudolf Hoess, after the war was over.” Ernest’s eyes narrowed. A good man had been mistreated.

They walked for some time before finally coming to a long, low structure with a tall stone chimney. “Is this a crematorium?” The Colonel nodded. “It is not the largest, but it served its purpose well.” He smiled, and Ernest felt a cold breeze across the nape of his neck. He shivered involuntarily, but he was fascinated.

The structure looked almost new, and the interior was spotless. They entered, and their footsteps echoed on the stone walls as they slowly strolled past the massive iron doors. It was surprisingly warm, and Ernest though he could hear muffled, far-away voices. Or was it crying? He couldn’t tell. It was very warm.

Suddenly he was startled by a piercing scream of agony, followed by hundreds, perhaps thousands of other such screams. The Colonel kept on walking, apparently oblivious to the cacophony. The sound became deafening, and Ernest threw his hands over his ears, but it helped little. The former warmth he had felt was now blast furnace hot, and the agonized shrieks continued to grow in volume until his covered ears protested in pain. Through the inspection portholes in the doors, he could see dancing, white hot flames, and the faint outline of human figures writhing in agony. He was now terrified by the noise and the heat. He grabbed the Colonel’s shoulder and spun him around.

“What is this! I thought the Jews were dead when they went in the crematoriums! Why are they screaming? Make them stop!”

The Colonel looked at him and the corners of his mouth pulled back in a horrible grin of yellow, pointed teeth. On his forehead were two protuberances that Ernest had not noticed before, and he stunned to see a forked tail flicking back and forth between his trousered legs.

“Jews? My dear boy, those are not Jews. No, the Jews all went to be with The Father. The ones dancing in my fires are not the Jews at all. They are the Nazis and they are now all mine.” His evil grin grew larger. “And so too, are you, Ernest.” His now yellow eyes gleamed at Ernest, with vertical slits for pupils. Ernest tried to run, but his feet seemed nailed to the floor. He could not move. The Colonel put his loathesome arm around him, and he could smell his fetid breath.

The female tourist screamed at the sight, and the guards came running. Suspended by his neck from the Rudolf Hoess gallows was the young, blonde American tourist, and he was very dead, his neck at an impossible angle.

“Where did he get the rope, and how the hell did he get up there? There’s nothing to stand on!” The second guard shrugged his shoulders. “Anyone know what happened?”

“I saw him walking down there a little while ago, and it looked like he was talking to someone, but he was quite alone.” The speaker was another tourist.

The guard looked where he was pointing. “Down where the old crematorium used to stand? What the hell was he doing down there? There's nothing to see!”

The tourist shrugged, and just for a moment, they thought they could hear a faint, agonized scream. Then all was silent as death.


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Becky Katz profile image

Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Very chilling story. You are going to new places now Will. This is very good. I felt like I was there. I am not sure I like it though. I do like your feel good stories.


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

You never cease to amaze me! What an emotional ride! Wonderful - voting up, across and sharing!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Quite a morality tale.Evil attracts evil. Good job Will.


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Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

Great job Will! I like a tale the dips a little into the darkness. I believe that what gives a great story such as this one, balance.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Will - This a new type story for you, or at least the first of this type I have had the pleasure of reading. I liked it, lets have more of these.

Mike


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Quite an unsettling tale here Will. It is both compelling and disturbing.


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Interesting story with a poetic justice twist.

Is there any story that you can't make interesting?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a great story. I wouldn't want to see the death camps, such a horrible time in our history. Enjoyed...


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

A cautionaty tale, Will, I believe the worst will be seen in the Straight of Hormuz. Unfortunately, we will need another set of heros. Much love, lily


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Good time for a change of tone as the oil hunters gear up for Iran.

We got the atmosphere of the POW prison very well.

But we like the shit-kickers best, Will. This one strikes a little too close to home.

Bob


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Will! Thanks for sharing another masterpiece of true justice! Bravo!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Will you are a master at short stories and am dying to read you in print. At first I thought it was real. I was captured by the first paragraph and could not stop reading.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This was much too realistic for me, Will. You do know how to draw a shocking picture in words. Well done. What is even more shocking is that genocide is still being practiced today in many under-developed countries of our world.


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Wow..what a shocking surprise..very well done, drew me right in...:O) Hugs G-Ma God Bless


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Becky,

It was inspired by the recent rise of new hatred toward the Jews.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi LABrashear,

It's a new genre for me.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Don.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Marlin 55.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Mike,

I'm ready for that beer!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi mckbirdbks,

Unfortunately, these people are still with us.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi FitnezzJim, and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Ruby!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Lily,

We toss the term 'hate' around so much that it loses its meaning. This however, is real hatred. I agree with you.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Change of pace, Bob. We'll get back to spurs and saddles.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Dex!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Cardisa...master of the smokin' hot love story!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi drbj,

Actually, I toned it down some...the real holocaust was far worse.


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Ginn Navarre 4 years ago

Ah! it is good to see you spread that talent to other areas. Remember "Variety is the spice of life" Excellent


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Will,

What comes around goes around. You are the master when it comes to storytelling.

Voted up and away!

Enjoy your day.


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Well done as usual. A chilling reminder of a sad part of history. I couldn't stop reading.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ginn!

Thought I'd try something new.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Sueswan, and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi suziecat7, and thank you for reading. Unfortunately, the Jew hatred is alive and well, and so is Nazi-ism.


Diane 4 years ago

Man's inhumanity towards man is an Evil thing. As humans, are we moving farther away from God? Shouldn't we be moving closer?

Judgement day comes for all.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Diane!

You are correct...someday we will all have to account for ourselves before the Father.


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LuxmiH 4 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Will, I love it when a writer draws me into a totally unpredictable fast paced journey. You had me wondering where it was going. kinda like being a passenger, riding fast in a sports car, around sharpe bends and hair-raising curves. Really gripping and totally unexpected. Loved it! Voted up.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

I'm delighted to see the devil himself in print. So often one hears the devil does not exist, etc. -- that's all old wives tales -- and then the question arises how do we know what's good if we don't recognize evil? Not only is this excellent craftsmanship and a tale well told it could also be a subtle "head's up" if one's inclined to listen. Excellent, Will -- an "UP" vote isn't near enough to describe this one. Best/Sis


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marshacanada 4 years ago from Vancouver BC

Thanks for this dramatic serious ghost story Will.Voted up and awsome. I was waiting for your next story, wondering what you were going to write.Your creativity is impressive.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi LuxmiH, and welcome to Will Starr world! Thank you for your kind words.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Angela,

I agree. Satan is with us and hard at work.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi marshacanada,

Good to see you again!


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, Will,

Whoa! This story is very deep and it packs a real strong message, in my opinion.

I believe that by adding some flesh to this one, you could turn it into a powerful novel.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, my friend!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Oh wow! This was chilling and your descriptions so vivid I could feel, smell and see the agony.

A gripping tale with a strong message. It doesn't get any better than that.

Your storytelling talent is amazing.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Will.

WOW.

You're a long way from the Texas plains and cowboys with this one. But then great writers can turn in any direction.

Deep, dark, and chilling.

We still have the brown shirts in the former East Germany where it is not a safe place foreigners, but that can be said for a lot of places in this world.

LOL Ghaelach


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hell's Bell's in the head. Nice one Will.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Happyboomernurse, and thank you for the great comment!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ghaelach,

We have the Neo-Nazis here, and then of course, most of Islam would be happy to exterminate the Jews.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Alastar Packer, and Hell's Bells indeed! Very good.


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi Will.

Is there another race that was/is hunted so as the Jews??

LOL Ghaelach


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I was stationed in Germany from 1959 to 1962. At that time there were still a large number of Hitler lovers among the local population. I suspect a few remain, or have been replaced with younger versions of the same thinking. If we were to close all our bases in Germany and withdraw all of our troops, their economy would take a hit like they have never seen before. It is odd how some things never change or go away.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Ghaelach,

The Bible says the Jews will always be persecuted. How prophetic!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

You're sure right about that, Mike!


Ghaelach 4 years ago

I think you've got a thread running here Will.

A note to Old Poolman and that is to you saying if all the bases where closed and the troups went back home that the German economy would collapse.

Well my friend I would like to say a few things on that point. I'm a Brit and I've lived and worked in Germany for over 23 years and can say that by taking the troups home would make a few more unemployed people, but you have to realise Germany is the biggest industrial nation in Europe and where many other countries are struggling here on the European continent Germany is certainly not one of them. Trade is booming and we only have 2.7 million out of work that's 6,7 percent and the tendence is falling. Germany is a powerful nation on the indutrial front.

"Made In Germany" still means something and that saying is what America introduced to help rebuild Germany after WW2.

No! taking the troups out wouldn't hurt Germany, but it might hurt a few individual small shops and businesses.

Take care my friends and I'm sorry to go on a bit.

LOL Ghaelach


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

OMG, Will, those last paragraphs (when I began to suspect where it possibly was heading) brought on first goospimples and then raw shivers. As usual, I wasn't expecting the ending, but, a very, very, well-down ending.

Thank you, Will


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Simply terrific, my friend. I see that your talent and skill extends far beyond the weetern genre. This is every bit as good as your other works. Chilling, it is.

Thank you for the good read.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Ghaelach!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Jim, and thanks for always reading me!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi James A Watkins!

I'll take a stab at writing anything, even if it's demonic!

^_^


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Tori Warren 4 years ago from Escondido California

It was very good, Thank you for sharing it!!!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Tori Warren, and thank you for commenting!


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Horatio Plot 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

Fantastic. Drew me in and then sitched me up like a kipper. Turn it into a radio script, it would make a great afternoon play on BBC R4 in the UK.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Horatio Plot! Thanks much for the comment and suggestion!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I have said it before and I must say it again...You are the master of story telling. What an ending! Thank you so very much and rated up and more!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks, Coach!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Very well done, Will....liked it alot. You took an ugly subject and turned it around into a bit of justice while painting it for the ugliness that it was. Good write! Up and Awesome! WB


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Wayne!

Your 'Stampede" work is excellent!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Hi Will,

I cannot help but think that this IS based upon a true story and not a fiction. Very well done, and I really liked it.

Chris


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Chris!

Sorry, but it's all fiction and the product of pure imagination.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Chilling tale Will...You've done it well, one could feel the Ghost of a terrible time in History...Did you ever see the movie, "The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas" it also had quite an ending.


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Maggie-May 4 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Oh My, you've been up to some hair raising changes!!! I applaud you Will! Fantastic!!!! I was there for a moment, as your words planted images, awesome!!!!


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Will very well done. I enjoyed it all the way to the end. I love a great twist ending and this one was a great surprise. A chilling read.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi b. Malin! Good to see you again!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Maggie-May!

It was an awful period in history, and it may be happening again.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, suzzycue!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a great little story Will;an up up and away for sure.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Eddy!


Shelley 4 years ago

Wow oh wow..you did it again. Very interesting and gripping story. Love the twists and turns at the end. You most certainly are a talented and a gifted writer.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, sister!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Incredible writing Will, a chilling story well told.

Voted up and awesome.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Lesley!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, imfrancis.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Will...

Damn and wow my friend. This was quite beyond spurs and saddles...AWESOME! I am in awe and sharing this one far and wide. Thanks to Becky Katz for highlighting this one!

Thanks,

Thomas


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Very good short story right out of Twilight Zone.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Such a different style of writing for you than what I've become accustomed to reading. I was glued to my computer screen. Wow!!! Great story!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

Knowing you, I knew there had to be a twist at the end. But this was not quite what I expected. Another great story that kept my attention and still surprised me at the end even though I knew it was coming. It is a sad time in our history.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Thomas, and thank you. Sometimes my Stephen King side emerges!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you so much, Lilleyth!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Susan and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Cindy,

The last of the death guards just died. Maybe it's finally over.


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wingedcentaur 4 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Very Twilight Zone-ish, Will Starr. Good Job! Once again, hurrah for karma!

By the way, that's quite an imagination you got there, "Billy." Thanks for sharing this with the class.

Later!


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Wow! And double wow!


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Great story, but scary. I am going to read your other stories. :)


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi wingedcentaur, and thanks for the comment.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Candie V!

Glad you like it!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, kittyjj!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Thanks a lot that is really great short story


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, htodd!


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Wow. A truly powerful story.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Phoebe Pike, and thank you!


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina

Will.

I don't know how I missed this one until now, but I did. This story is unlike your "usual" writing but at the same time was very much like your usual writing: "It was excellent!" Once you put your mind to it, I believe YOU can write any kind of story. Voting up!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Ronnie!


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Will,

This one was a bit different from your other work.

I liked it. I'd be hard pressed to drum up any sympathy or compassion for a Nazi. God would definitely have to help me with that one.

Reaping what we sow can surely be a hellacious experience.

femme


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you so much, femme!


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Richawriter 4 years ago from On Top of the World

Great story, as always WillStarr!

Great twist there. Justice was served!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Richawriter!

This one is more your genre than mine!

Thank you.


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Richawriter 4 years ago from On Top of the World

Ha yes, you are right. Although I am going to give exploring other genres like romance, medieval and thriller a go at some point on my journey here.

Keep up the good work my friend!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks again!


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JSParker 4 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Whoa! You did it here, well done! I think there are so many elements of storytelling in this piece, but most noticeable immediately is how you grabbed and held my attention. Spellbinding. And I didn't like it, didn't want to be where you took me, literally into the jaws of hell! But I couldn't resist reading it, being swept up in it to the end.

Bravo! And congrats on your HubPages interview.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, JSParker.

Welcome to my dark side!

^_*


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

This is brilliant story telling. I am going to read all your stories. You are really talented. Write on!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, eHealer!

I'm always impressed with the many talents of nurses, so I'm following you. My wife is a labor and delivery RN.


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Will, I had a feeling this one would present a fresh perspective. Chilling, but fresh! I visited two concentration camps when I was 12. I began this story wondering where it would lead and how I would feel in the end. Such sorrow, Will, beautifully expressed. Thank you.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Barb! I hope all is well with you.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very imaginative story. Love the twist.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Jackie!


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I read this hesitatingly at first, not sure if I wanted to take this journey, but I'm glad I did. This was creative, all engrossing with an amazing twist at the end, not what I expected but a jolly good read.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, tobusiness. Those were dark days.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Glad you reposted this, missed it first time around.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, John!


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MDavisatTIERS 22 months ago from Georgia

Good evening, Will; excellent. I'm paying more attention to short fiction stories after taking Bill Holland's challenge. I read this one from beginning to end and was engrossed throughout. Thank you for such a creative approach. Well done. I started with your stories from a couple of years ago and will work my way forward. ~Marilyn


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WillStarr 22 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Marilyn, and thank you!

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