ROOFTOP

My favourite spot, sitting on the rooftop.

I prefer it when I can hear the hustle and bustle of life below. The sirens are more ominous in the surrounding silence.

Life is getting back to normal, people are moving around.

Now my work will begin.

His virus has spread through the city like a plague. His numbers bolstered with every new victim. The only way to end it is to find Him and kill Him.

I check the crossbow, modified with the wooden stake. I hold the crucifix that hangs from the chain around my neck.

The twilight hour between night and day arrives: the hunt begins.


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Copyright Roger Bultot

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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). I’ve just finished reading Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, which may have influenced my story this week!

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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73 responses to “ROOFTOP”

  1. He forgot the garlic tip to the bolt

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    1. Don’t worry, he is fully prepared.

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  2. I have visions of you killing the virus the same way!

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  3. And it is good that this story is not unRead.

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    1. 🙂 Thanks Anthony.

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  4. Dear Iain,

    It has been sometime since a vampire has stalked Friday Fictioneers. 😉 Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. They are always there, just waiting to return 😉

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  5. Yikes, that was chilling. What a take on the photo prompt! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  6. I’m a bit worried now. I live close enough to a freeway that when outside there is a dull hum at least, trains and sirens often travel. Lately, the hum, trains & sirens are gone. Vampires?

    Good take on the prompt.

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    1. Could be. Or something worse…

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  7. I do enjoy a good vampire hunt. Nice one.

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    1. Thanks Michele. Not something I normally write, or read, but enjoyed the original Dracula thoroughly.

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  8. Ooh, cracking – Vampire Plague! Lovely tense opening. I just wonder what’s going to happen next, though.

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    1. I imagine it will be gory 😉

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      1. I’d be disappointedd if it wasn’t! Ever written any horror?

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        1. Not really, not a genre I read or watch much either – not a fan of the gory stuff especially!

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          1. Ooh, no, I don’t do gore either, bit really. The occasional dark scene, but I don’t relish it. Give me creeping dread over gore, any day ☺️

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  9. He has a noble mission. May his hunt succeed.
    Stay safe.

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  10. Ominous beginning to your story.

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      1. A pleasure 👍

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  11. Ooooh, chills and thrills! I never thought of the virus as being held by a vampire, but what could be more appropriate? Love the imagination of this one, Iain.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  12. As many laughs here as in Mr Stoker’s original masterpiece.
    He did enjoy a bit of gore, didn’t he!

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    1. He really did, delightfully so!

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  13. A viral vampire! Great story! 🙂

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  14. Would that it were so “simple”…

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    1. Well, those vampires are quite hard to kill…

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      1. This is true…

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  15. At least Van Helsing gets to get out and have some fun.

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    1. He does love a good vampire hunt. I believe he is classed as a critical worker so is allowed out.

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      1. In that situation, definitely critical.

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  16. This sounds like an easier solution… a superhero with vaccine?

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    1. It’s easier to live in a fantasy world with superheroes right now.

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  17. Heya! Long time, no see. Quarantined here, too. Great story this week. I wrote one, but it was far too long for FriFic, so I posted with a seriously haunting pic… mass graves in NYC. So scary.

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    1. Those pictures really bring it home. Hope you are safe and as well as can be.

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  18. I hope you nail that b…..!

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  19. Ooh I love this one. I’m a twilight fan, so I like a good vampire story.

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  20. it looks like there’s no end to the carnage. those who have survived the pandemic must face another peril.

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  21. Please get him and let me know when you do!

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  22. Is that a whiff of garlic I smell on the air?
    May it be a successful hunt …

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  23. One man on a mission to save the city. Good hunting to him. Nice one!

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  24. If only it were so easily resolved. We’d all be up there on the rooftops, I suspect.

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    1. Anything to make it stop.

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  25. I hope you catch Him.

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  26. Good to have a vampire hunt in FF – ages since the last one! I can’t help wondering, though, whether an unstable person with a crossbow isn’t perhaps more dangerous than a vampire…

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    1. True, that doubt is raised about Van Helsing in the original novel!

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  27. Very dark. I’ll bet this could be expanded to a long story or even a novel. Good premise.

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    1. Thanks Eugenia, a few have done it before me, hard to think up an original vampire story these days, but they’re still fun.

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  28. Eeeekkk … a good story sprinkled with vampires … a bit scary.
    Isadora 😎

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  29. Fabulous, I want more of this.
    Great tense build up

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  30. Almost like Nosferatu — the plague spreader. Really cool, Iain!

    Five out of five stakes.

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  31. Ha, we went for opossites this week, yours is up there trying to shoot down vampires, mine is trying to shoot a good photo of a bird. Nice take on the prompt, Iain.

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    1. Thanks Michael – perhaps it says something about how are minds work! 🙂

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  32. I can feel the tension of the hunter waiting for his kill. Nice one.

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