Raze the Dead


“Aren’t you going to say something? Try to stop me?”

Chloe looked through the smudged window, pressing her fingers against the glass. She squinted for a moment. “No, I don’t think so.”

“But we’re not supposed to do this,” Emma slammed down the knife, her sleeve falling over raised, white scars. “I could get in trouble.”

“You could get a lot worse,” Chloe chuckled, “you could get dead.”

“This is funny? It’s your fault!”

“I know.” Chloe picked up the knife, handing it back to Emma. “You know my room assignment. I’ll be there if you want to talk.”



Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch

August 5 Prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write the common premise: “I ran over a deer (or other animal) and have decided to nurse it back to health.”

16 thoughts on “Raze the Dead

  1. This flash cuts sharp and hard Sarah, you write a powerful story here. I like that you are hinting, as per your comment to Charli, to a longer story. I would love to see where you take us with this…

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  3. That is a tough story, Sarah. The tension is taut between Chloe and Emma. I wonder why it is Chloe’s fault that Emma wants to self-mutilate, and wants Emma to “fix” it for her. I’m curious about their relationship and what situations led Emma to the previous episodes of self-harm. Why does Emma appear detached?
    Great flash.

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