DESTINATION

‘Where does it lead?’

‘Wherever you are supposed to be.’

Kevin peered down the road to where it disappeared, enveloped in a thick cloud of mist.

‘That’s not very reassuring,’ he said.

‘That depends. Where do you think you should be?’

Kevin thought back. He had done some good things, he had done some things he regretted. Who hasn’t? He looked at the ethereal young woman who was beckoning him on.

‘You’re sure about this? This isn’t what death looks like, is it?’ The woman certainly didn’t look like Death, the skeletal figure in a black robe depicted throughout history. She was young and quite attractive, with flowing dark locks and dreamy hazelnut eyes. Perhaps that was part of the trap, Kevin mused.

‘Will you walk with me?’ she asked, holding a pale hand out towards him.

‘I’m not convinced,’ Kevin resisted. ‘Perhaps if you could be more specific as to what lies beyond this misty tunnel of trees.’

‘It is a path no one has walked before,’ she answered mysteriously.

Her voice was soft and tempting, but Kevin wasn’t born yesterday. ‘I think I’ll leave it, thanks,’ he said, turning his back on her. ‘The lads are expecting me down the pub.’

Kevin sauntered away, not risking a look back.

Esmeralda watched him go. ‘You can come out now,’ she called.

Death peered round the side of the tree which had concealed him. ‘Thanks for trying.’

‘He’s a stubborn one. What will you try next?’

Death’s black cloak shrugged, ‘I’ll think of something. I was sure he wouldn’t be able to resist you.’

***

In the hospital the nurse ran out Kevin’s room, calling for a doctor urgently, ‘He’s awake, Doctor, after all these months in a coma.’


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Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt – Destination curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

38 responses to “DESTINATION”

  1. This is brilliant, I admire Kevin , I like to think I would be resistant too. I never give in too easily. Great story! Death thou shall not claim kev ……. Yet. 💜😏

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  2. Kevin wins! Excellent story!

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  3. Nice twist at the end there, Iain.

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  4. Great one! Stay strong Kevin!

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  5. Wow, this one really surprised me. Nice ending Iain! 🙂 . Thanks – I love reading your stories.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie, glad I was able to give you a surprise 🙂

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  6. Another good take on a prompt Iain. Great ending.

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  7. Very good ending, Iain. A nice twist.

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    1. Thank you Roberta 🙂

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  8. Looks like someone found a way to cheat death…

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    1. I wish he would share his secret

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      1. Around here they just say, “He’s too ornery to die.” 😉

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  9. Good story lain! Nice twists and turns all the way through! Kept me reading! Thanks 🙂

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    1. Thank you Jen, most kind 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome lain 🙂

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  10. Ha! It seems that Death has finally met an opponent that is wilier than it 🙂

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  11. Ah there’s nothing like cheating death. At least this time. Good for Kevin!

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  12. Nicely written, made me laugh. Not sure which bit the most, the expected down the pub or the image of death hiding behind the tree.

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  13. This is well written and the ending unexpected.

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  14. Woahhhh!! Excellent story

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  15. Ohhh I didn’t see that one coming. Kevin is a wise soul!

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