She glanced at her watch again, then out the window at the black sky. From the street below they could hear the crowd counting down.

The man tried to shout through the tape over his mouth, jerking his body on the chair he was tied to.

3…2…1… Midnight struck. The first firework soared into the sky from the castle overlooking the city. As the first bang filled the air, she shot him. The noise from the gun was lost amidst the fireworks.

She sat at the window and watched the rest of the display. One less bomb-maker in the world. Not a bad way to start the new year.

© Vijaya Sundaram

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above, thanks to Vijaya for the photo).

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66 responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR”

  1. Grimly glorious, Iain. Often thought how perfect nights such as New Years Eve and the UK’s Bonfire Night would be for prospective gun weilders – who would realise anything had happened until way after the shooter had escaped? Great tale

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  2. Whoa! Great twist on the fireworks! Love that you tied with a bomb-maker being killed. It just seems so fitting in a poetically justified kinda way. Nice job Iain 🙂

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  3. She’s a very cool customer, I’m guessing this isn’t her first execution. Great story, loved the atmosphere you portrayed both inside and outside the room.


  4. Great take and brilliant twist. I think there was an Agatha Christie where the killer used fireworks to disguise gunfire, ideal really. I presume the coroner will be able to be dead accurate about time of death.


    • Yes, interesting that without any back story most people accept her view that he was definitely a bad man or some kind of terrorist. Might be a good one to develop the story more in the future.


  5. This seems like something that would happen in Vegas. When I used to live there, we as the locals always made jokes about not wanting to go out because something always crazy happens in Vegas. One time, there was this whole, real life Mission Impossible scene, in which two guys (pimps) shot at eachother, flipped over their cars, ran over people, blew up taxi’s while at war with one another. 😐

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  6. She’s an intriguing character. Your story makes me wonder who she is and how she got into that situation. She’s obviously not a novice executioner. Much food for thought – or a longer story.

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  7. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
    completely unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I
    had to ask!


    • Hi Jack, I use wordpress and the design is one of the free ones available to use. If it helps you, I have no complaints about wordpress, really enjoy using it. Good luck, Iain


  8. Reblogged this on Iain Kelly and commented:

    Originally written and posted in August, it seemed a good idea to reblog it now that it’s more appropriate for the time of year. Happy New Year everyone and all the best for 2017.


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