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The Gift: (Flash Fiction)

Updated on January 30, 2016
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The first step is to know what you do not know. The second step is to ask the right questions. I reserve the right to lean on my ignorance.

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Charleston, South Carolina, mid-eighteenth century

The two creatures stood back-to-back, dueling pistols poised.

One of them, the human, said to his back, "If I thought you would die, I would kill you."

The other, the vampire, said to his back, "If I thought you would live, I would grant you Life."

A signal was given and the two creatures marched forward twenty paces.

The human turned, raised his pistol, aimed it, but did not pull the trigger.

The vampire turned, discarded his own pistol, and instead closed the distance between himself and the man at the speed of thought.

He used his fangs to puncture the throat of the man, whom he let fall to the ground.

The human that had been, could not even bring himself to injure the vampire, formerly a man whom he had once loved.

In his failure to do what was necessary, the human had shown himself to be utterly unworthy of the Gift.

The vampire picked up the fallen one's pistol and examined it. He had never seen its like before: a specially constructed, repeating-action weapon filled with the garlic-soaked bullets that might have killed him.

The immortal walked away, leaving the stranger to bleed to death on the ground.

The End.

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    • wingedcentaur profile imageAUTHOR

      William Thomas 

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

      Thanks, carrie Lee Night. I'm glad you got something out of it.

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      Carrie Lee Night 

      3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Great twist. Liked it!! I loved your dark authentic approach.

    • wingedcentaur profile imageAUTHOR

      William Thomas 

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

      Thank you so much, Chris! The human didn't shoot the guy, his former friend, now a vampire---because, said human "didn't have what it takes" and all that; he wasn't willing to "do what was necessary," and so forth.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Hartford, CT

      William, This flash fiction is written very well, crisp, aimed at the ending right from the first word. Garlic soaked bullets? Why didn't he shoot the guy? haha. Good job on this story.

    • wingedcentaur profile imageAUTHOR

      William Thomas 

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

      I'm glad you liked it, Lee!

      Thanks.

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      Garlic-soaked bullets!, great flash, thoroughly enjoyable, thanks for sharing, best wishes, Lee

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