Write a modern version of "The Tiger, the Brahmin, and the Jackal," in which someone suffers from their own good deeds and must turn to an unlikely source for help.
Posted in Fiction on Mar 10, 2023
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“Escape From a Tagonist” by Suma Jayachandar
Unspoken Antagonist aka Unan should never be spoken to. But what shall a brilliant eleven-year-old do on a summer afternoon when his Mom is busy prepping the delicacies to be served at the house party that night? The mere anxiety of meeting the grown people with whom he should politely converse and little people with whom he is expected to play can stifle him and make him feel a kinship with the socially apathetic...
“Out of the Woods on Mt Tateshina” by Scott Christenson
Sayako waves goodbye from our apartment window as I pull the car out of the driveway. With one hand, I wave back, feeling slightly guilty about leaving her for the day. But her broad smile transmits an assurance that it’s ok to go on the hike today, she’ll be there waiting when I return.On Sundays, we have an agreement I can take the day to recharge by hiking alone in the mountains of Nagano. Getting out of the car in the empty parking lot at the trailhead, I pack light: 2 liters of water, mobile p...
“ The Politician, the Voter, and the Media: A Modern Tragedy” by Richard E. Gower
Sensitive content: This story may offend some people. It fractures a fairy tale, kills a sacred cow or two and stacks a shelf with rampant cynicism, on display for all to see. However, it is a work of fiction. Any resemblance or similarities to persons living or dead, as well as to events, incidents or other circumstances, are pure coincidence. --Don't follow leadersWatch the parkin' meters Bob DylanOnce...
“Mr. Big Modernizes "The Tiger, the Brahmin, and the Jackal"” by Jack Kimball
Warning: Light violence and profanity.‘Mr. Big’ is a covert investigation procedure used by undercover police to elicit confessions from suspects in cold cases (usually murder)._______People think the worst of me, but I’ve got my reasons. And sure, the girl got me back to the world, but she should’a known you don’t go after a con. Once upon a time, in a land long ago, a tiger was caught in a cage. He paced and paced and thought long and hard on how he could get out. One ...
“The Bishop, the Husband, and the Wife” by Jennifer Jones
James didn't think to pause after rapping on the bishop's office door and flinging it open until he saw what he was walking into. The bishop, naked from the waist down, was standing behind Janet, a fellow churchgoer, who was also naked from the waist down and clearly in the throws of ecstasy. “Oh God,” cried James, feeling a momentary flash of guilt at the curse he'd used in such a holy place. He stood there, a...
“The Survivor, the Zombies, and the Jackass” by Bethany Taylor
It’s just another casualty, I tell myself. That is, until her bright pink bobble catches my eye. The hoard is descending upon her quickly, probably following the scent of her blood, untainted by radiation. The house she’s hiding in is falling to bits: there’s no front door, and one of the walls has been blown apart, scattering its bricks like confetti across the nearby landscape. When the bombs hit, most places we...
“THE CONJUROR” by R. J. Garron
The conjuror sat upright against the bay window that framed him into a profile as dark as the rest of the room. Beside his chair lay a book still warm to the touch after use, and it was one he kept in his possession for occasions like this. He stood up, his features almost indiscernible before the window where the light cast from the street below was the only source splitting the pervasive dar...
“A Passing Acquaintance with Grace” by Delbert Griffith
My good deed got two people killed. And it all started with a dame. Ain’t that always the way?****************************“You did the right thing, Booker. Can’t blame yourself for what happened,” Stella told me. I had just knocked back a fistful of gin and tonics and was feeling the effects of a lot of booze on an empty stomach.“You bein’ right don’t make it any easier to take, Stell. Raymond and Ophelia Murtaugh are still on slabs downtown. Just as sure as eggs is eggs, that rat bastard Kenn...
“The Father, The Sons-of-Bitches, and the Unholy Ghost.” by Ken Cartisano
I turned up my collar and tightened the belt of my tattered coat. It was well past midnight and a cool fog had drifted in from the harbor.The muffled sound of voices signaled the passage of three young thugs at the end of the street. They were moving fast, and keeping their chatter down. I don’t think they felt any safer than I did. Not in this district.The solitary streetlamp was no match for the gloom. Its amber light flickered now and again, threatening to go out altogether.Somethin...
“Three For the Gallows” by Michael Jefferson
Lacing his thumbs in his vest over his ample grith, Terra Nova’s ambassador, Alek Ivanov, paces in front of the desk of Prime Minister Rixon Windgrave. “These three individuals have been designated war criminals,” Alek says. “Their convictions will show the citizens of Terra Nova that their type of violence will not be tolerated in your government’s new order.” “That’s why I want the war trials held in T...
“Listening to Laurie” by David B Fraser
Fuad opened up his apartment door to find Laurie standing there with two suitcases and a knapsack. “It’s two in the morning.” “You said you’d help me.” Laurie stepped in with her luggage and inspected the apartment. She made her way to the doorless bedroom. “I meant, like, to help you find shelter. A woman’s shelter.” “That’s not practical.” Laurie opened his closet, and then hi...
“Wren, the Beaver, and Mother Nature” by Nikki Berreth
Winter was fast approaching and Wren, a young girl of the forest, was searching for ways to stay warm. First, she found an enormous bear's den. Carved amongst the exposed roots of a fallen tree, she dragged her fingers along the smooth grooves of a root and small tufts of dry soil crumbled back to the earth. She smiled and grabbed the branch, giving it three big shakes until large cascades of soil crumbled to the earth, ...
“Miss Kathryn, Young Francis & Mr Scar” by Alex Cameron
Knowledge of the brush and the great works of literature, of Rabelais, Voltaire and Dante, who were in truth his greatest and deepest friends, his strongest affections, meant our young Francis attracted many a person to hear him speak. His fine memory and depth of recollection was only matched by the delicacy of his countenance and earnestness of his constitution. He was as fine as the flowers which he recited in the psa...
“The Poacher, The Tigress and the Jackal” by Bryce Kirkham
On a bright and sunny afternoon one day in the deep, dark wood, a poacher was taking a leisurely stroll, on the hunt for game. Suddenly, out of the blue came the unmistakable yowling of a tiger! And it sounded like it was in distress. Picking up speed, the poacher came to a clearing where he saw the poor creature tied to a tree with a taut rope. The poacher immediately and instinctively drew his gun and was stopped by th...
“Synchronicity” by Deanna Kabler
She had every reason to crumble into dust. Her bones long petrified, flesh leathered by heartbreak, betrayal, fury, burning rage. But laying in the sun attentive to the repetition of the surf and salt air on her tongue, Bracia absorbed the earth’s ions. Energy sucked from the marrow of the sea gripped every cell, plumping, pulsing, protecting her from the black. It was the only way she kept moving, built resilience agai...
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