A Quick Twist
by Patrick Hanford
I’m sitting in a bar, sipping a beer, wondering if she’s going with me
The door bangs open, a man with a gun.
“You bitch,” he yells.
The last thing I see, a barrel pointed at me.
I waken with a bright light in my face.
“Turn it off,” I say.
He has a blade, it glimmers from the light above. He shoves it in the
side of my chest.
“Wish you could feel this, you bastard.”
“I can, asshole.”
“A quick twist should do it.”
The girl behind him asks, “Doctor, ready for the chest tube?”
Patrick Hanford is a short story author and has been published in Heater Magazine and Elite Critiques Magazine. He is a member of Caprock Writer’s Association and has published on their website. As a physician, he uses his medical background developing his characters and casting a story from them. He has been published in medical issues as well.
Richard Edwards has a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Education from the University of Akron. Managing editor of Drunk Duck, poetry editor for Prairie Margins, reporter for Miscellany, Akron Journal, Lorain Journal, and The BG News. He has also worked as a professional writer and editor in the medical publishing industry for several years. For the last 15 years Richard has also taught literature and writing at the secondary and post-secondary levels. He works much of the time with at-risk students.