The Devil You Know

Time again for Friday Fictioneers. A 100 words of fiction based around the photo prompt provided. Follow the link to join in the fun. I’ve gone a little dark this week, a change is as good as a rest, or so they say.


Photo Copyright : J Hardy Carroll

Light and dark, love and hate, he was friends with both, intimately acquainted. On the surface; welcoming, familiar, someone you remember, someplace you can’t forget.

And yet if you looked a little closer, held his gaze a little longer,  a sense of something darker, something you couldn’t quite place.

Evil filled his cup, though he seemed a reluctant connoisseur. An internal battle fuelled by passion and need, waged war against emotion and faith.

My soul watched, as they walked past my broken body, buried deep beneath the brambles.

Reverend Jones wiped a tear from my younger sister’s cheek.

I felt his darkness stir…

22 thoughts on “The Devil You Know

  1. I’m not sure I know exactly what’s happening here but the menace is palpable. And more than just that, you’ve managed to create real ambivalence in 100 words – that’s what I liked most about this

  2. Kind of like that old Robert Mitchum movie where he played a similar character. Very good character qualities for telling a particularly dark story. “The Midge” rules! Good stuff, Helen. 😉

  3. A very vivid depiction of a conflicted soul about to succumb to his demons again. The reference to the soul of the dead sister was particularly disturbing. Well done.

  4. The vicar’s dark secret is poignantly revealed. The story slowly reveals the full extent of his ‘internal battle’. Very effective point of view, and a disturbing story all round.

  5. Uh-oh, looks like her sister will soon be joining here. I like that he’s somewhat reluctant, like he doesn’t want to be doing this but can’t stop himself.

  6. Very dark, Helen. The Reverend is battling his own demons. I totally got that, especially from the line “Evil filled his cup, though he seemed a reluctant connoisseur.” That’s great. A connoisseur of evil, oh my. Poor sister. Well done.

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