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Literary Lion – A Well-Honed Edge

Here is my story for Laura’s Literary Lion challenge. The Literary Lion has pawed around in his stash of prompts and for this fortnight has produced the prompt word “edge“.



A Well-Honed Edge

Always look after your tools, his Master had told him. He had taken this to heart, spending hours oiling, sharpening, polishing. His routine had always seen him right. His tools had never failed him.

As darkness fell, he pulled on his work clothes, picked up his tools and left the dark, dingy flat – not his everyday home, but nicely anonymous on the nights he worked. Unusually, he felt a little stab of… fear? No, anticipation. He usually worked for money, but tonight he was upholding a tradition, one as ancient as the hills, a tradition which would allow him to take his place as Master.

Blending in with the night, he entered the old man’s house on silent feet, slipping through the hallways until he saw him sitting in his study, reading. As the knife slid easily – oh, so easily – between his former Master’s ribs, he saw a flicker of pride in the old man’s dying eyes of a tradition upheld, a job well executed, and an edge well-honed.


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  1. October 25, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I hope he didn’t use a bulky kitchen knife! 🙂


    • October 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Ha 🙂 It’s the most vicious-looking knife I own!


      • October 25, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        They are, but a larger one would be hard to stick through the ribs I imagine. 😀 I wonder about myself when that’s my biggest issue.


  2. October 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Tradition can be so unusual to other cultures! Well done. A stab in the back- seen as honorable???


    • October 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Well, he got the better of his Master! It sounded like the sort of tradition ninja-types might have 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

        Sounds like it! Glad I am not part of that!


  3. October 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Way to go, moron! Now you get to be the next one to get stabbed in the chest. Doesn’t anyone think these things through….?


    • October 25, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      I have always wondered who would want to be head of an organisation where the road to promotion is “dead man’s shoes”.


  4. October 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Very intelligent piece of writing. I like the way in which your story starts and ends. Beautifully tackled the prompt with “edge well-honed.”


    • October 25, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks very much! This story came quite quickly to me, but took a lot of editing to get it to sound right. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. October 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Sounds like a fine way to end the problem of “no room at the top” in professional advancement. A little messy, but effective 🙂


    • October 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      I’ve heard it’s quite popular in drug cartels and the like. Of course, this is a far more sophisticated bunch of murderers we’re dealing with here 🙂


  6. Lyn
    October 25, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Nice take on the prompt D-man. Well, maybe “nice” isn’t quite the right word, but it sure was a good story 🙂


  7. October 26, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Well-written, Ali. Happy Halloween to you too. O_o —- Suzanne 🙂


    • October 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks! Happy Halloween to you too 🙂


  8. October 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Well written…quite engrossing!


  9. October 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I wonder how many people would be prepared to do this to get to the top… more than we would like to think, I bet! Great story as always.


    • October 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks! I’m sure there are quite a few who would go to these lengths, and many more who are willing to stab you metaphorically in the back.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. gentlestitches
    October 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    A very old story, beautifully told. Poetic. ❤


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