Posted: October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
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FFF Prompt THE WORK BENCH still-life-with-doug

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For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, it’s gonna be a blast.

Here’s my contribution:

Deep Seeded

Everything has its place, thought Mitch Winkle, precisely arranging the items on his work bench, careful to rotate and align and to not knock into anything. There was no room for clumsiness.

Wouldn’t want a mess, now. Shouldn’t spill. He heard his mother’s voice, chastising.

He was particularly careful of the Semtex filled glass bottle with the sensitive mercury switch.

Nothing is random. Just another random thought which seeped in? “No,” he answered himself. Then, “Yes,” the internal struggle.

Mitch retrieved his map, spread it upon the table, and blindly poked a finger down. “Huh, Bristleburg Farmer’s Market it is.”


  1. Sandra says:

    Sinisterly topical. Or do I mean topically sinister? Good one.

  2. paulmclem says:

    Disturbing image painted by this one.

  3. Oops. Seems like Mom wasn’t a very good influence on poor Mitch Wouldn’t want a mess now – whole story gives me a chill.

  4. I hate those OCD madmen with a knowledge of bombs.. the mom is sometimes a bad influence… except for the randomness of his target i am thinking Breivik…

  5. Guaranteed to discomfort …

  6. I can see a man like that justifying his blind choice somehow. Scary story.

  7. Frighteningly real, by such individuals are the fates of many innocent people sealed
    Well told

  8. Margaret says:

    He’s a dangerous character. I like how you’ve shown him grappling with the idea of randomness. Chilling.

  9. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear JK,

    I always knew farmer’s markets were unhealthy. Thanks for confirming it.

    Sinister and dark is your middle name.



  10. Dear JK,

    You’re way too good at this kind of story. Should I be afraid of the author? Subtly chilling. Well written as always.



  11. Bradley, A chilling look inside the mind of a bomber. I don’t like crowded places for a reason. Well written. 🙂 — Susan

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