Monsters and the Fighting Thereof

Avatar Author: Ford Dent Ford's name isn't actually Ford, but for the purpose of discussion we'll assume it is. He's not published anywhere, not yet. He will probably claim to still be unpublished after the fact so as to keep a hold on his stre... Read Bio

“You really want to do this? It’s not exactly what I’d call a good life decision, son, and I’ll tell you why.” His voice echoed in the alleyway, bouncing off bricks that had been placed centuries before. "See, you’re so new to this that you don’t even know what ‘this’ is.

“You saw an old man down a blind alleyway, and you thought to yourself, ‘This is a good target. I will take his wallet, and maybe, if I’m feeling particularly angry tonight, I might take his life.’ You can be forgiven for your mistake, because not everybody knows what I’m going to tell you. Not everybody knows about the things that come through the cracks where the shadows are dark. Not everyone knows about the monster at the end of the book.

“But I do—and now you do too. The only difference is that I am hunting that monster right now, while you, I’m afraid…”

There’s a sudden blur as a shape erupts from the dark, followed by a gout of blood and a gurgling cry.

“Were only ever really fit for bait.” He smiles, and faces the creature.

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Comments (3 so far!)

  1. Avatar JonB

    Works very nicely as a pre-credit teaser – the ends justifying the rather graphical means for this particular monster-hunter.

    You slide from past to present tense halfway through – deliberate?

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very humorous, though darkly so. Couldn’t help but get an extra giggle since I know exactly the book you are referencing with the monster at the end of the book. It was a bit confusing, but I got it on the second read through.

  3. Avatar Ford Dent

    Man, as much as I’d like to say the switch from past to present was intentional, it was not. This was a bit half-baked, if I’m honest, and more an exercise in getting the line about the monster at the end of the book out of my head.

    It might wind up being more than that, but for now I’ll just let it be.