FF – 30th January 2015
This week the prompt was the following picture. We had to include Man vs Man as a conflict.
THUNDER AND LEAD
Thomas squinted as the wind brushed his face with dust. His revolver gained weight as the seconds passed. He adjusted his grip, steadied his aim.
Several feet away, under the shade of the last tree, his brother watched him.
“You won’t shoot,” said Jonathon.
“You underestimate how far you’ve pushed me.”
“Please. We grew up together. You’ve never been able to make the tough decisions and you’ve never been able to get your hands dirty.”
“What you did was . . . ungodly.”
“Then let Him inflict his justice upon me. Release the burden to your higher power. Maybe He’ll have the balls to follow through.”
Thomas felt his trigger finger itching to release the thunder and lead but he refused to believe his brother was truly lost.
“Tell me one thing, brother,” he said, “and answer with honesty, if you can.”
“As true as blue,” replied Jonathon.
“Why did you do it?”
“Why not?” Jonathon’s smirk became a monstrous grin, one so full of evil that it was the exclamation mark on his soul.
A tear rolled down Thomas’ cheek as he realised his brother no longer walked the earth.
The finger tightened. The thunder cracked. The lead flew.
And there was one less monster in the world.