Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Friday, Friday
I’m cold.

Despite the pain I’m in it’s strange, but I can feel the cold. Like when you sweat and feel that coolness on your skin as it evaporates.

I can feel that, now. But it’s not sweat. It’s blood.

There are so many puncture wounds and rips in my flesh that at times I can’t really tell exactly where the pain is coming from.

My muscles ache. I want to lie down and rest but they won’t let me. Just when I think they’ve finished they start all over again. But I know this is just the beginning.

What a difference a week makes. A few days ago I was in a very different place. Not geographically. In fact, I was just a few hundred yards from this building. But it was a world away from the present reality.

That was when people wanted to be with me. I had some very good friends, but this – this has driven most of them away. The fear of this happening to them has made them run.

It’s dark. There are still a few hours to go before daylight. More time to rip more flesh.

It could have been so different. But this is all part of the plan. I can’t change it. I can't back out now. I don’t want to, even with all this pain and terror. It is…..necessary.

It’s tempting knowing that I could clap my hands and have done with it. If it was just me, perhaps I would. But it isn’t just me. And so much depends on carrying this through, right to the bitter end.

I can hear them coming. What’s already gone is nothing to what’s coming up, I know that. But I have to look beyond it.

The pain will pass.


They only see the here and now. But I know the bigger picture. They think this will finish it. How wrong can they be.

It’s Friday.

But Sunday’s coming.


Sue Harding works in a library in Warks. Having spent years 'shelving' books, she's starting to 'write' them instead! Sue blogs here:


  1. Wooo...!
    How cryptic is this little number? Or am I just being thick?

    Certainly gets you thinking...
    You little tinker, Sue!

  2. The clue's in the picture, Col! (Matt's been diggin' in the image bank!) Also, it's down to timing.....date-wise.....check your calendar...

  3. Bloomineckerslike!!!
    And here's me thinking it was from the viewpoint of a giant voodoo doll!

    The date, of course, thanks for the clue - you're obviously trying to fool the readers cos it's April 1st soon.....LOL.

    Gotcha really - nice one, thanks for the clue.

  4. I had the same feeling when I first read this, and thought UH? Then it struck me like a sledgehammer. Very nice work Sue.

  5. Extremely moving Sue. Well put together with not a word wasted. You don't have to be a "member" to appreciate the worth of a story.

    Great stuff.

  6. On a third read, the appreciation of this beaut of a story increases tenfold.
    Well done, Sue.

  7. JESUS! :-) Really liked it ,Sue. A very clever little write that obviously caused a bit of head scratching. Very well done.

    (I hope I'm barking at the right moon with my first word...) ;-)

  8. Good one, Sue. Er - guys, how could you MISS what it was about, from the first word!? Well done!

  9. I wasn't too sure how it would be received, so
    thanks for all the positive feed-back, guys!

  10. Nicely done, Sue. It dawned on me when it got to the clapping hands part. Congratulations.

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  12. Fantastic. The picture gave it away for me. I loved the ending. Sparse language, but full of hope.