BE STILL MY BEATING HEART

In the dead of the night. That was how I expected to find her. Dead. As I approached the house, nothing changed my mind. It was still. Still like a house with no one alive in it.

I pictured the scene I knew was waiting for me. Her, lying on the floor. Red blood pooling around her. Eyes open with a vacant empty stare. The knife, or maybe a gun, still smoking, lying next to her. Made to look like a suicide, maybe.

The door was ajar. I pushed it open. The hallway was in darkness. I found the light switch, flicked it on. Illuminating. Off the hallway, the door into the living room. I knew it well. It was only two hours since I had been there. Pushed that door open.

There she lay, just as I knew she would be. But she wasn’t alone. His body was next to her. Look closer. The pooling blood isn’t hers. The knife isn’t lying next to her, it’s sticking out of his chest.

She isn’t still, I can see her chest moving up and down. Shallow, but breathing. He is the one that is still. He is the one who is dead. I knew she was tough, I guess I never realised how tough. I picked her up and got her out of there.

We drove away, her still passed out on the backseat of my car. The sun started to break over the horizon. In the mirror I watched the house grow smaller, still, in the dead of the night.


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Copyright Sue Vincent

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


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31 responses to “BE STILL MY BEATING HEART”

  1. OH you can’t stop there! Keep going. There are still lingering questions to be answered. 🙂

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    1. A lot of questions – I shall have to think of some answers! 😉

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      1. LOL! Yes. I believe you shall. 😉

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      2. By the way I just started your book and I have questions there too. LOL!

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      3. LOL, hopefully some will be answered by the time you reach the end. Look forward to hearing what you think 🙂

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      4. I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

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      5. I finished your book today. The sequel is coming out next month, right? 😉
        Oh Iain, you did it again! Great job! “…and he ran after her…” Yes, that made me happy, but they weren’t in the epilogue! I wanted to read more and yes I sighed when I got to the end. But it was a good ending 🙂

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      6. Thank you so much. Is next summer okay? 😉 Would be great if you could leave a wee review and let others know you enjoyed it. As always I really appreciate your support 🙂

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      7. If I said no would it make it sooner? LOL!
        I will be glad to leave a review. It was very good. I was getting impatient for Gabriella to make her appearance though, but was glad when she did. 🙂 But you pulled my heartstrings with Lucas and his Mom!

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      8. I thought it would be nice to have her pop up unexpectedly half way through. Don’t worry, she will be in the final book all the way through 😉

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      9. It was a great twist how you did it and great about her being all the way through in the final book. So will we see Lucas’s Mom again? 😉

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      10. I don’t know if I should answer that one, don’t want to give too much away 😉

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      11. LOL! I didn’t expect you too, just had to try.

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  2. That leaves an awful lot of space for imagination to play 🙂

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    1. A good thing! Thanks Sue 🙂

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  3. ooooh . . . the imagination is intrigued!

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    1. I can’t ask for more! Thank you.

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  4. I want to know what happens next!

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    1. I’ll need to think about that! Thank you 🙂

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  5. Intensely written… in true cliffhanger fashion of leaving the reader craving for more answers. Well done Iain! 🤗

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    1. Thank you so much, very kind 🙂

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  6. I love it when you finish reading with a question in your mind… but so many?

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    1. A lot for you to fill in, I admit 😉

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  7. I have questions, many 😉 Love the twists in this.

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    1. Thank you- I have no answers 🙂

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  8. OMG not what I expected! Good job and yes, there needs to be more!

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