Title: Fish in a Barrel
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Word count: 170 words
Chrysanta knew a murdered stalked her. It made her anxious. She lurked in dark corners, surveying, watching, calculating her odds before darting to another corner. The stress ate at her. She lost weight, developed a twitch, and her skin itched. The doctor diagnosed ichthyosis and prescribed a tonic, two drops in her water daily.
Beautiful Cherry was the killer’s first victim. Chrysanta shuddered, remembering dinner with her friends. Cherry popping a shrimp into her mouth and the killer grabbing Cherry slicing her throat with a force that threw her skyward. Chrysanta and the others fled.
The Danios family disappearance was a mystery, but Cory swore it was the killer. Pearl had been the last victim. Only Cory, Kuhli and Chrysanta survived.
Hungry, she had to eat, so she ventured into the light at the top of the tank. Gouging herself she didn’t see the green eyes tracking her or the black paw as it scooped into the water and plucked her from the tank. On the cat’s menu: fresh fish.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer