Trifecta, Week Seventy-Seven

The neighborhood was in an uproar and no one had a clue that Johnny was behind the whole thing. The reason they ignored him as a possible suspect was because he was only four; the perpetrator must have been much older, wiser, taller, stronger. No one from the neighborhood, and certainly no one Johnny’s age, could have been so calculating, so deliberate; the carnage was unfathomable and, if the local police and FBI were to be believed, must have been exacted over the course of an entire week. Johnny and his mother stood behind the police tape along with everyone else. He smiled slowly and with pleasure, remembering the taste of their blood.

Seventy-seven (77) is one of those oddish numbers, as is 13, which happens to be today’s date; I decided to stick with oddish on this little 113-word offering for this week’s Trifecta. Here’s the prompt:

1: characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration <a deliberate decision>
2: characterized by awareness of the consequences<deliberate falsehood>
3: slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved <a deliberate pace>

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(35) Comments

    1. Hi Tara: yes, there have been some sad stories lately in the news… I was going for more of a supernatural feel and hopefully that came across :-/

  1. I think you were supernatural enough to avoid being insensitive towards current news stories. That being said, I have a four year old. I know how vicious they can be. πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up.

    1. Thanks, Janna… I am convinced that many kids are creepy (case in point, the AT&T commercial with the little girl who wants to turn her brother into a puppy to take him to show and tell at school where she can introduce him as her puppy-brother. Creepy.). 😯

  2. Ooh, love this! Four-year olds are mischievous enough without adding that supernatural element! Love the last line. So creepy!

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