Monday, July 15, 2013
The 400-Word Story: The Beach Man #12
A cold wind blows against me as the killer closes the gap between us. Staring at his new borrowed body, I steady myself, careful not to reveal any trace of the entrapment chalk underneath my bare feet.
“Look who’s here.” He grins, brushing my cheek with the back of his palms. “My sweet Ifeoma.”
“These people wronged you and…” I swallow hard. “They also wronged me, but please stop the killing.”
He shakes his head. “You should try it.”
“I mean, try piercing a dagger through someone. Watch their lifeblood seep away.” He smiles. “And then that fearful look in their eyes…oh, it gives me this feeling of pure ecstasy. You really should try it.”
“I’m tired of…I’m just…” I break into a sob.
He puts his arms around me, patting my back gently. I lean against his chest, and an overwhelming feeling of familiarity settles upon me—there used to be a time when he’d return from hunting, and I’d prepare his kill for dinner. He cared so much for me then, even resisted pressures from his family to marry a new wife because I couldn’t bear him a child. He was a good husband.
Now he's…a killer.
Suddenly I remember. Under my feet. Chalk.
Holding him closer, I slide my left foot around him in a curving motion, making sure it doesn’t lift from the sand. I do the same with my right foot, until it connects with the arc from the left.
The killer looks at me, sober expression in his eyes. “I missed holding you like this.”
I swing a punch at his jaw and jump backwards.
He tries moving towards me but stops in mid-action. He looks down, sees the chalk circling him. Then he looks at me, his eyes wide with fear.
I smile. “Tricked you fool.”
Just then Shola emerges from the cluster of coconut trees in the right, clutching a small basket. “I thought I’d totally lost you to the past.”
“Let me do the rites.”
She hands the basket to me. I look inside: a bowl of salt, another bowl of dried, sliced garlic, and a box of matches.
Salt ejects a demon from its host body. Smoke from burning garlic weakens the demon and banishes it from Earth forever.
The killer begins to tremble as I walk towards him; he knows I’ve done this so many times.
Footnote: This is the twelfth episode of The Beach Man, a 400-Word Blog Series.
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Thanks for reading! And stay tuned for the thirteenth episode next Monday.