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.