Light and Dark

A man in pinstripe and trench coat carrying a sleek laptop bag asked a passer-by, “What is this gathering for?”

“Two little girls were raped in the Park and their throats slit. We are showing our solidarity for this heinous act. Join us!”

Thousands gathered at the Lake to light candles. Golden candles bobbing on gentle lake waters against the indigo of the sky was a sight to behold.

“Hey, care for candies?”

A little girl in pink turned and nodded. Leaving her mother’s side, she went behind the tree. An expensively cuffed wrist immediately grabbed her by the throat.

PHOTO PROMPT © Carla Bicomong

Written for: Friday Fictioneers


About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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18 Responses to Light and Dark

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Terrifying and chilling. Good writing.

  2. abhiray59 says:

    Terrible! Well dressed outside, filth inside.

  3. Priya says:

    I didn’t see this coming at all… who would have thought such romantic prompt could be used this way. Brilliant!

  4. This is so disturbing. Unfortunately that’s the reality these days. Very well written.

  5. Dale says:

    Awful! Not the writing, the story! Well, you know what I mean!

  6. granonine says:

    An evil, opportunistic criminal. Makes me shudder. Poor little girl.

  7. 4963andypop says:

    What a vicious cycle. It is alarming that we can come together to mourn one assault and by the very act of gathering provide the conditions which allow the next one to happen! Such an opportunistic crime traps us in a paradigm where no one can let down their guard, even for an instant. Sad, and truer than I’d like to admit.

  8. Dear Anshu,

    Terribly true to life. Well written.



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