Hollow Resolution

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His palms itched. They always itched before the draw.

Energy pulsed through him with every tick and tock of the clocktower. Never had he been so close to victory as he was now. Countless years spent trying to find the man who moved from place to place like a ghost, riding upon a pale horse that left no tracks save for corruption and death.

Even through the screen of grit the wind kicked up between them, he could feel the cold gaze of his enemy and see the dark shine of his eyes. None who met the gaze of the last Horseman had ever lived to tell of it. He would be the first.

Tick… tock… tick… tock…

The clock struck seven. Bells rang. Time slowed down as he drew the pistols that hung at his hips. A roar that dwarfed thunder cracked the silence of the night. The dust began to settle.

And as the black eyes that had haunted his dreams and worn at his soul for so long closed shut, he knew that even Death could die.

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  1. Avatar Tyrannical TeaCup

    Very nice, I like this piece. The only things I’d suggest is to take out the “tick…tock” line. Although it works because you introduce a clock in the next paragraph, I find it a bit awkward and it more or less reminds me of the Christmas rhyme about the mouse climbing the clock (which, sadly enough, I can’t remember the words to it now.)

    On that note, I love the ending line, “he knew that even Death could die.” It’s a very strong line which makes for a perfect ending. Nice, Ducky. :]

  2. Avatar Revenant


    Dude. Nice. I liiike. >D

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Has a lovely allegorical feel to it, like it could very well all be in this guy’s head or he could have really shot down death. Lovely little piece of storytelling.

  4. Avatar Sam Ervin

    The “Random Story” button is perhaps my favorite button on Ficly. Your story inspired me to sequel it, I hope the twist isn’t too tantamount to your original story’s intent…

  5. Avatar PorcelainDollface

    Gahh this was amazing.
    I love the tone of this, it gives such an intriguing feeling.
    I love how you included the “tick-tock” sound of the clock by the way.

  6. Avatar Krulltar

    It has a wonderful Spaghetti Western mixed with apocalyptic showdown feel this has.

  7. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    This has been nominated for the ficly book.

  8. Avatar Silven

    The Ficly Book? What’s that?

  9. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    This has a wonderful Terry Pratchet feel to it. good work.

  10. Avatar Silven

    I’ve never actually read anything by Pratchet, to be honest, but I’ll take your word it!

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