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Outcry (65)

May 28, 2022

This is Saturday and that means it’s the Weekend Writing Prompt at Sammi’s. The word for this weekend is OUTCRY and when I read the word my mind went right to the Robb Elementary School in Texas. There’s a lot of room for outcry over what happened last Tuesday, but I don’t care to do it beyond this.

America is, sadly a nation of violence, and it doesn’t matter how disturbing the subject matter or how many lives a gunman takes, nothing changes. Politicians talk and do nothing, and voters talk and do nothing. That’s life in the US and I almost have to believe that we like the status quo. Or we enjoy the collective pain of banging our heads against a brick wall. Most Americans support stricter gun laws, but nothing happens. If you want to see some staggering statistics on just how bad gun violence is in America, check out the Gun Violence Archive. If you want to see what’s going on beyond the almost daily school shootings, grocery store shootings, church and synagogue shootings, and see what’s happening in your neck of the woods that isn’t being covered on your local news, click on the “LAST 72 HOURS” tab.

Why is this happening? Got me. That’s not meant to sound arrogant. I’m not indifferent to the problem, I just have zero faith that anything will ever change here.

So, instead of going to Uvalde, Texas or Buffalo, NY, I wrote a little story about a killer. We seem to be fascinated by killers. Books, movies, TV, killers are everywhere in our culture. And I shared a song by Cheap Trick about a serial killer.

Equal parts of me hope you do and don’t enjoy.

Outcry (65)

The burlap hooded man ignored the final outcry of the woman whose neck he held in his hands. Let her plead. This was her fault, no?

“Yes,” he whispered.

He swallowed her final breath and laid her down. He covered her bareness and gently closed her eyes.

As was his custom, he left a blue rose against her left cheek. Something to entertain the police.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2022 8:39 am

    Whilst I was entertained by your tale it seemed inappropriate to click ‘like’!

    I find the recent event tragic unimaginable. Fortunately, gun crime is very rare in the UK, and even our police go about their work unarmed.

    Liked by 3 people

    • June 4, 2022 10:51 am

      A written ‘like’ is just as good as pushing the button. Gun violence over there is low because I believe you folks have done the sensible thing and outlawed guns. Nothing like that will ever happen here so shootings will continue.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. May 28, 2022 1:03 pm

    Yes, America was born in violence and continues to be violent. 😠

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 28, 2022 11:55 pm

    I feel bad clicking ‘Like,’ but this was very well written. You are right, of course, Fishman.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. May 29, 2022 1:23 am

    Yes, we do seem fascinated by murderers. Neatly captured in your flash.

    This week’s events are heart-breaking to hear about – you do wonder, what will it take?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. May 29, 2022 4:34 am

    Yes. When I saw the prompt ‘outcry,’ my first thought was the latest insanity and the muddy nonsense that has followed. Infuriating. Interesting that your truth was worse than your fiction.

    As far as your hopeless description, I wish I could disagree. I cannot. I am not a proud Texan.

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    • June 4, 2022 1:45 pm

      It’s an odd time when a story about a serial killer is more refreshing than the day’s news. I hope I wasn’t insulting towards Texas because I didn’t mean to be. A big chunk of the music I love comes from Texas songwriters. You also have chili, Austin City Limits, NASA, and one of my favorite TV shows took place down there.

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      • June 4, 2022 3:40 pm

        I am not a native. I do my share of observing and criticizing the place, climate, and people, and politics/government.
        Each TX urban area is unique (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Amarillo, etc.).
        I do my share of insulting when I see fit. 🙂
        No foul, Michael.


  6. May 29, 2022 8:18 am

    Unfortunately sad, but true, Michael B.

    Liked by 1 person

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