Sometimes, you have to walk in the bad guy’s shoes to get the story written. This is a case in point. The photo prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers from Madison Woods gave me a few good ideas and, happily, one of them stuck around. Originally I had conceived the story from the POV of the protagonists. It just wouldn’t work. I had the scene all laid out but couldn’t find the right approach, the right words.
Then I got the idea to ditch two characters, switch to the POV of the villain and try it that way. This week’s story is the product of that process. Here’s the photo prompt:
Madison’s take on this, along with links to all the other writers’ stories can be found at:
I hope you enjoy what follows. I certainly had fun writing it (in the end), in no small part due to it anonymously featuring one of my long running characters. She gets everywhere these days 😉 Thanks for reading and please feel free to write a comment. They are always greatly appreciated.
Veinripper’s breath is a hot and rancid thing as jaundiced eyes track the darting form of the Japanese girl stealing into his lair. She is pretty and softly curved, just like his other victims. The tight thing she wears sets his hair bristling. It shifts and blends, steals the light.
She is not like the others.
He dislocates his jaw, facilitating the guttural roar which sets his guardians on the trail of this interloper. Malignant coils of barbed wire, semi-sentient and wholly evil slither and skitter with impossible speed toward the girl. Unperturbed, she closes on him. Panic and fear escalate within as Veinripper realises she is too fast.
“Come, little one! Let me show you what Veinripper does to women.”
A faint, deadly smile parts her lips. “Your name gives me an idea.”
She settles on her haunches as his first scream bubbles up from ruined lungs. “Did you know your thorny little pets can be reprogrammed?”