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Lord of the Stage

It’s Friday Fictioneers time again, hosted as always by Rochelle. This week’s photo has been contributed by Kent Bonham.

I’m having to work all weekend, late nights and early mornings, so I’m slipping this in quickly before starting. I’ll try to read as many of the other contributions (which can be found by clicking on the little blue froggy below) as possible but I don’t know how much time I will have.

 

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Copyright Kent Bonham

Harry stood in the empty theatre, staring at the stage light. Everyone else had long since gone, but he couldn’t tear his eyes from the lamp. It seemed to be staring back at him through slit eyes, laughing at him through gaping maw.

So entranced was he that he barely felt the knife which slid into his back, neatly severing his spine. An arm slipped around him as his legs gave way, easing him to the ground.

“I dedicate this life to you, my Lord Calitrax,” whispered his killer.

The lamp seemed to glow red before fading away to darkness.

  1. April 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Dear Ali,

    That pesky light is at it again. Creepy.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • April 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      The first thing I thought when I looked at it was “demon”!
      Ali

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  2. April 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Oh dear a somewhat sad tale Al. I was surprised by he brutality of it. Nicely written though.

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    • April 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks! From humour last week back to dark this week.

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  3. April 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Ouch! That’s going to leave a mark…

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  4. April 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    very creepy

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  5. April 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Didn’t even have the decency to knife the chest in proper sacrificial form. How absurd! πŸ™‚

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    • April 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      You can’t get the staff these days. Very sad.

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      • April 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

        Very sad indeed. I feel sorry for Lord Calitrax having to deal with such incompetence. Also because his name sounds like a medication with an excessively long list of side effects that nobody wants.

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      • April 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        Heh heh. Two reasons to be grumpy πŸ™‚
        It’s actually an alteration of “Calufrax”, the planet in “Dr Who – The Pirate Planet” from the “Key to Time” series (geek alert!).

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  6. April 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Wow! Another victim. Well written though. I loved Dr. Who until our dish TV company discontinued BBC Entertainment. I was extremely unhappy about that. That channel had a lot of great programs.

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    • April 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks!
      I’m a big Dr Who fan, both original and “new” – sorry you can’t get BBC Entertainment any more for your Dr Who fix 😦

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  7. April 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Knew your dark side wouldn’t be buried for long πŸ˜‰ Great job, from another Dr Who fan πŸ™‚

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    • April 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      My dark side was aching to get out this week when I saw the demon lamp πŸ™‚
      Yay Dr Who!

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  8. April 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    always watch your back, that’s all i can say. 😦

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    • April 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Valuable advice Harry chose to ignore 😦

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  9. April 5, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Ooh, that light is spooky. Great description of the kill. I can’t say that any other way at the moment. Well done.

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    • April 5, 2014 at 6:36 am

      It is a spooky light! I know it was a bit obvious, but I’m working this weekend so I don’t have much time and it was the first thing that popped into my head.
      Well, let’s be honest, if I had all the time in the world, I would still probably have written a demon murder story πŸ™‚

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  10. April 5, 2014 at 1:56 am

    another great story that could be a novel. “The minions of Lord Calitrax” LOL!
    Was it the light or a phyco blaming the light? Dar dar DAR!

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    • April 5, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Yes, maybe the “voices made him do it”. Or that’s what everyone thinks… “Dar dar DAR” indeed!

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  11. April 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

    it does look somewhat like a monster hanging from the ceiling. “severing his spine”– way gorier than the usual dagger through the chest… Calitrax is one bloodthirsty demon

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    • April 6, 2014 at 3:11 am

      Calitrax sounded like the sort of demon who would require a specific form of sacrificial murder. The thought of having one’s spine severed makes me shudder.

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  12. April 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    It’s interesting how so many people saw the evil light, which I didn’t even notice. Just one of the things that makes reading various stories so enjoyable. As for reading stories, do what you can. Life comes first (says someone who struggles to read each story every week.) πŸ™‚

    janet

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    • April 6, 2014 at 3:12 am

      The evil light face was the only thing I saw when I first saw the photo!
      I’m getting in some reading now before heading off to work again in a couple of hours 😦

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  13. April 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Poor Harry. Damn those demonic lights and their penchant for human sacrifices!

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    • April 6, 2014 at 3:13 am

      Someone should definitely do some about them. Scourge of the stage!

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  14. April 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Yikes !! Dark and creepy !

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  15. April 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    What a wonderfully calculated murderous tale. It flowed as smooth as the knife through his spine.

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    • April 6, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Thanks, and great comment – “flowed as smooth as the knife through his spine”. I wish I’d put that in the story πŸ™‚

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  16. April 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Ah.. it might look like a monster.. but the real beast lurks behind you…

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    • April 6, 2014 at 3:18 am

      Yes, he was so distracted he didn’t see the real demon creeping up.

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  17. April 6, 2014 at 3:34 am

    So true, most monsters are in the human form with a smile on their face.

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    • April 6, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Yes, all the harder to spot them before it’s too late.

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  18. April 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hey, if you’re going to write about both the demon AND someone getting stabbed on stage, don’t Penny and I get props for our mad clairvoyance? Maybe we serve the demon Calitrax and that’s where our power comes from.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      You practically wrote my story. I’m not much for lateral thinking – I pretty much write what I see πŸ™‚
      Maybe there used to be three of you serving Calitrax but the demon drove Jessica mad?

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      • April 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        It’s possible. Jessica is quite mad. Maybe she’s possessed.

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      • April 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

        Calitrax’s agent, doomed forever to walk the Earth etc etc πŸ™‚

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      • April 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        Not to worry, I’ve scratched binding spells in the basement, and spread salt all around the windows and doors.

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      • April 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Wise precautions, it’s for the best πŸ™‚

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  19. Sun
    April 7, 2014 at 2:11 am

    the smooth way you delivered the deadly deed…”severing his spine” really got to me. love your story!

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  20. April 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Wow – you got my attention! Good job, and well done! Nan πŸ™‚

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    • April 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks! That lamp called for a bit of gruesome evil I felt.

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