A Shot Must Ring Out – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction.

Genre: Techno-Thriller
Word Count: 150

Story begins after the image.

Copyright: Alastair Forbes

A Shot Must Ring Out

Xu stepped before Dr. Suiza at the steps. “I’m sorry doctor,” he said sincerely. “I cannot let you pass.”

“It’s you they sent?” Asked the elderly scientist.


“I knew it would come to this, but I still don’t understand.”

“If you climb those steps to the institute, your energy system will destroy my country’s economic advantage.”

“But this system will be available to all countries, even yours. The benefits to all humanity will be enormous.”

“I know that,” said Xu, gripping the pistol in his jacket. “I have my orders. A shot must ring out, and someone must die.”

“If I pass, the entire world will change for the good.”

“I know.” Xu fought back his emotions. “Yet, my instructions are clear.”

“Do what you must,” said Suiza and he advanced to the stairs.

A shot rang out. Dr. Siuza turned back, gasping.

Xu’s body slumped to the ground.


Each week, Alastair Forbes presents an photo and encourages all to write up to 150 words of flash fiction/poetry based upon the photo. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate. This week’s challenge page may be found here: http://alastairsphotofiction.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/photo-fiction-sunday-june-16th-2013/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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20 Responses to A Shot Must Ring Out – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. Alastair says:

    Nice. A bad guy with a conscience 🙂

    Like this


  2. Lyn says:

    You led me down a different path…excellent!


  3. Very nice story. I enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting mine, as well. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks again! Skye


  4. Rishal says:

    Always a pleasure reading your stories 😀


  5. LucyJartz says:

    It seems he couldn’t bear living in a world like that.


  6. julespaige says:

    “For the good of the cause….” (actually our volunteer fire-fighter meetings end with that line.) … or the cause of the good?
    Reminds me of Jim and Spock, Jim in the latest prequel and Spock in one of the older flicks.
    Each thinking they’d take a hit so others would survive.

    Thanks for your visit.
    Catching up on e-mails…ain’t easy, but I’m trying!


    • EagleAye says:

      “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” Yup, sometimes self-sacrifice is needed to advance society. Love the Star Trek movies. This last one was so great because it drew so many parallels to previous works. We ended up watching the first episode with Khan from the original series so my wife would know about the origins of Khan.


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