THE NIHILIST

‘Anything to eat with that?’

‘No, thanks.’

He stared into the wine glass. Just one sip to ease the pain, the dull ache, the feeling that life was drifting away.

Wine wasn’t the answer, but still, one sip couldn’t hurt. Just to feel that bit alive once more.

‘If you don’t drink that, I will.’

He looked up. She was unattractive and drunk: make-up smeared, hair tousled, words slurred. She was where he would end up.

He smiled at her, picked up the wine and drank the full glass.

‘Why don’t you join me?’ he asked her.

‘It’s you that’s joining me, darling.’ Her smile was not kind.

Copyright Fleur Lind

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).

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59 responses to “THE NIHILIST”

  1. Beautifully paced, Iain, this death spiral

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  2. Oh. You could read so much into this story! Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂

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  3. meaningful, yet bittersweetly funny…

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    1. Thank you, hope you are well 🙂

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      1. Not so bad, Iain… hope everything in your garden is lovely too!

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  4. So realist The pain in this was potent

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  5. Lovely! Well not lovely but so poignant.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, much appreciated.

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  6. Hari OM
    ooh arrrr – and ZAP! Fab writing again Iain. YAM xx

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂

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  7. Dear Iain,

    I’d say these two are not good for each other. The pain they’re both in is tangible. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, glad the pain came across.

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  8. She was already drunk.
    He got drunk later.
    Still, she was talking sense when she said he was joining her!

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      1. I liked you writing. You sketched those characters nicely

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  9. Good post Iain depicting a downward spiral.

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    1. Thanks Di, much appreciated

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  10. So very dark. Gives another picture to the bar pick-up “So, what’s your poison?” 🖤
    Totally on point.

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  11. Oops. perhaps he should have given up the glass untasted… If addictions can warn us, would we listen?

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    1. I suspect some would, but most would still falter. Thanks Trent

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  12. Oh its like you can hear the impending doom music in the background as you read this. Very good!

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  13. it looks like they deserve each other’s company. 🙂

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    1. Perhaps they both deserve better.

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  14. Oh boy! Like Neil said – this is fabulously paced. Two destructive people – whatever could happen?

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    1. It could get messy. Thanks Dale.

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      1. Oh, it definitely could

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  15. She knows exactly where she is and where he’s going. And he’s learned it now, looking into a mirror.

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    1. And yet unable to stop himself going there anyway. Thank you! 🙂

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  16. There’s a lot going on in so few words. Well told!

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  17. It started with a sip. A piteous piece indeed.

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    1. Indeed, must be my current mood. Thanks Keith

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  18. Oh my. I can’t imagine this situation going anywhere good!

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    1. It doesn’t look likely. Thanks Linda

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  19. Given the title, my mind is painting metaphor everywhere. Great story, but so much left untold in backstory and what follows.
    A few re-reads and I see a poem wrapped within this story. Wonderful, Iain. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Bill

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  20. Poor man. The future seems very bleak.
    A downward spiral.

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    1. Indeed. Thanks for reading.

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  21. Last line wrapped this up so well – great job 🙂

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  22. Ooooooo
    The layers to the dialogue are delicious.
    The downward spiral. And though totally soused she sees it too.

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    1. She seems to accept it mote than him. Thanks Laurie.

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  23. ‘ “Welcome to my parlor,” said the spider to the fly.’ Worst part is the fly chooses to go to the parlor. Excellent character study, Iain.

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      1. You’re welcome, Iain.

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  24. I could really see this it would make a good opening scene to a movie 👏

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  25. Oh crumbs. This isn’t going to end well. Not that it started well for him, either.

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    1. No, can’t see a happy ending to this one. Thank you!

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