Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction.
Word Count: 150
Story begins after the image.
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/