Chilling Whispers

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head.

The Song of Wandering Aengus, W. B. Yeats

Butcher Bob’s confession:-

I ran into her in the alley, I remember her young face but can’t recall her name. It’s like this with most of them. I was using crutches and I asked her to help me carry the briefcase out of my car, which she did, when we reached the car, I knocked her unconscious with crowbar. Then I placed her in the shotgun seat and went straight to my chopping blocks in the hazel wood.

I went out to the hazel wood because a fire was in my head. A burning sensation, hot and vivid. When I completely submitted to that fire, it was like I was reborn, a phoenix from the flames. But only for a moment. Because, the ingredients for ignition of the next fire were always present in the ashes, and the burning inside my head began again.

144 words.

© M. Jay Dixit, September heart-to-hearts, 2021 All Rights Reserved

Inspired by the dverse prompt: Prosery, The Song of Wandering Aengus and posted over at Open Link Night #284

28 thoughts on “Chilling Whispers

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    1. Thank you, Hank! (^_^) Actually, the first draft was around 300 words long, with an extra character of a detective. But I had cut it short because of the word limit. Maybe I’ll delve deeper into the story later.


  1. This is really chilling. I watched a documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper the other day (a serial killer from the UK in the 1970s) I suppose something like this must have been going on in his head.

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  2. Thank you for pinging back your post, Jay. Unfortunately, it was a bit late to link to Mister Linky, but I picked it up through my messages on WordPrress. Such a dark and chilling piece. I like the way you start right in the middle of the action, writing from the perspective of the serial killer, and the way you explain his compulsion to kill.

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    1. Oh well, it doesn’t matter, I’m glad you could come here.
      When I first read your prompt a few days back, the first thing that came to my mind was a crazy man with a fire in his head, heading to the woods. So I started there and was happy with the story that came out in the end!
      Thank you, Kim 🙂

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