Death Wanted a Murder

Updated on December 4, 2017

Death needed a murder. Death needed a murder that night. Death simply wanted a human body, any human body, still and stiff and void of all life. Death needed that body to fall and fall hard. The body just had to be lifeless. It would have accepted a body shot, stabbed, battered, bludgeoned or any other way it could have been rendered inoperative. For some odd reason, Death was greedy that night. It was licking its chops for a corpse. It was waiting earnestly for a murder to take place.

Death did not want someone to die from a chronic heart condition, or natural causes. Death didn't want a stillborn at a birthing process. Death did not want an accidental shooting, or drowning. Death was in the mood for a cold blooded murder. Death was so use to murder it really wanted one before the next morning's autopsy. That's just how death felt. Every other feeling could take a flying leap out the window.

Death would have been blessed if it was a double homicide where no one was guaranteed to survive. The bullets racing toward a vital organ and making the victim or victims collapse to the cement gasping for breath and watching his pathetic life pass before his eyes.

Death was up and wide awake until it got its murder. The need for a murder was evident that night, when it began cursing and praying at an overdose victim in the PT Barnum Housing Projects to pull through and live. Death didn't want anyone to die that way. It had to be violent and gruesome with blood splattering all over the walls, or floors or even the asphalt. Death wanted shell casings to be scattered all over the room and the desire to see a chalk marking the floor where the bodies fell. The paramedics would arrive just to pick up corpses.

Death all in all, just wanted a murder. The frustration of waiting was eating away at death. Life was difficult living, but it would always put up a good fight. It never just went down without a courageous battle. Death just wanted a little more cooperation and consideration from life. Just a little.

© 2017 Frank Atanacio


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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Wolf...

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      8 months ago

      I can't believe how steady and horrific this short piece was, very well written Frank Attanasio

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      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Nikki for the offer.. maybe I would try it..LOL Patricia thanks for the comment and Amarpreet thanks for visiting bless you guys

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      Nikki Khan 

      10 months ago from London

      Thanks Frank for liking my line “Cold Stone hands”.

      May be you can write some poetry on this or prose may be.

      Let’s see how you describe it in best way?

      Many Blessings.

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yes....sometimes it seems Death does want just that---a gruesome violent blood-spattering murder. The irony is (and no doubt purposefully) you gave life to Death. It was a living breathing character in this piece you shared. Succinct and powerful. Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Amarpreet kaur 

      10 months ago from India

      Amazing hub !

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      I like that Nikki Khan " cold stone hands... "

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      Nikki Khan 

      10 months ago from London

      Wow,,what an interesting written story,,death is famous for its cold stone hands,no one can run away from.Your style of creating pressure is wonderful.Enjoyed a lot reading brutal mission of death.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Nell Rose

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Ooh, chilling! you always manage to grab the tension and throw it our way! nice one!

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      lol... silly bro

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      10 months ago

      Okay, where's the rest of the novel a**hole. I'll buy. Stop this teasing.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Eric, Billybuc, Mantita, Genna East and Flourish oh and Shyron for supporting my flash fiction bless you all

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank I always did like the two phrases of; "knocking on deaths door" and "Cheating death". No longer, thanks for clearing it up.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Natalie Frank on HP just posted an article with five sites for flash fiction would win one of them, I'm sure.

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      Clive Williams 

      10 months ago from Jamaica

      Death always wins in the end. Life and Death are buddies. Death wants a murder and so life allows a murder.

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      10 months ago from USA

      Death personified and hungry for something specific. I like it.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      10 months ago from Texas

      Wow Frank, this is a new way of looking at death and understanding the absolute goals of the grim-reaper perfect description of death seeking life.

      Blessings my friend, I missed your writing.

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      10 months ago from london

      Awesome way of looking at it and very original. I like it. Cool!

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      Genna East 

      10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      When I read this I immediately thought of those who love watching television programs with violent deaths/murders...and those who slow down on a busy highway and crane their necks to catch a glimmer of the aftermath of a gruesome traffic accident. This is one thoughtful hub, Frank, with some intriguing metaphors.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      thank you hari.. good comment

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      Hari Prasad S 

      10 months ago from Bangalore


      Death never wants it's victim 'life' to get relief.

      For its relief, is in watching the struggle of life, to live.

      - hari


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