The Dark Truth

Dear all,

I don’t usually start by introducing my piece, but this week I did.  The thing is, I think that this is the darkest piece I’ve ever written.  And so, before anyone starts reading, I want to assure you that it is all fiction, and, yes, it is dark, so beware. I hope you like it though.

For Trifecta; word of the week: APPEAR

On the outside, I appear normal.  Many people do. But what is normal, really? Normal clothes? Normal behaviour?  Does a cheap suite, a pair of glasses and a briefcase hide a murderer? Does getting out of the house at eight in the morning, with a mug of coffee in one hand and a newspaper in the other hide the deep lust of a killer?

Well, it does.  Neighbours – people – need very little to perceive normality.  A smile, a nod, a well-mannered ‘Good morning,’ and they are happy. Bought. Sold.  Taken in.

Who cares that there are ten bodies hidden in my backyard; as long as I go to church every Sunday?

Who cares that I stalked, lusted over, and raped every single one of those blonde corpses in my garden, as long as I host a barbeque every other Saturday?

See? Being normal is easy.  I am normal.

35 comments on “The Dark Truth

  1. Catherine Louise Gurganus says:

    Well written, Sandra. Your words caused a flutter to rise in my stomach.

  2. ann bennett says:

    Thanks for the warning. You’ve been reading the news too much because it is so true of many sociopaths.

    • Sandra says:

      That’s were the inspiration came from!! I was shocking myself while I was writing it — now I remember; I took that news about the British soldier who was hacked to death very badly… Phew. Thanks for the brain wave, Ann!

  3. k~ says:

    The psychological make-up of a sociopath, or psychopath can be interesting as a foundation to a diabolic character. 🙂

    • Sandra says:

      I would actually love to write a longer story, maybe even a whole novel from this kind of POV. Haven’t got down to it yet, though.

  4. Rois says:

    I love the idea, well written.

  5. yarrpirate says:

    Great writing – I think you didn’t need the introduction! Very thought-provoking, and even useful. It is almost important to ‘know’ or at least be aware how these people think, but very nice touches also!

  6. This is exactly how I would like to the first page of a great thriller…. Normality is so much about appearance, and also the opposite is true. He must be a murderer because he folds his milk-boxes before putting them in the trash… (which I have read once)…

    • Sandra says:

      I’ve read your comment this morning, but had no time to reply. Since then, though, I kept thinking how to elaborate this into a novel…still thinking in fact. Thanks for reading, Sir Bjorn.

  7. MOV says:

    spooky! I like the way the character talks in a very “matter-of-fact” tone. no remorse there!


  8. It’s so true that we too often look in all the wrong places for evil and I loved the implication of the last line, that his kind of evil is now the norm.

  9. jwilliams057 says:

    And this is why the neighbors always say, “he was the nicest guy. We never suspected a thing.”

  10. Nice disclaimer! 🙂 Imaginatively dark. Loved it!

  11. jannatwrites says:

    I majored in psychology in college so I find sociopaths quite interesting (but terrifying, too.) That’s the thing about ‘normal’ – it’s not easily defined. Abnormality is not always obvious (take serial killer Ted Bundy, for instance…he was hard to catch because he blended in so well.) Similarly, this also translates to trying to explain ‘stranger danger’ to children. You can’t tell by looking who is dangerous. (And it’s made even more difficult by the fact that ‘everyone is stranger until you talk to them’, as my older son pointed out.)

    I’m glad this is fiction and that you don’t have bodies buried in your backyard. If you ever moved, the new owners might be a little freaked out by that 🙂

  12. Draug419 says:

    That is creepy >__<

  13. debseeman says:

    ~~Shud-d-d-d-der! Creepy and worthy of never inviting another neighbor over for coffee.

  14. Now I’ll be paying closer attention to my neighbors. This is genuinely creepy.

    Thank you for linking up!

  15. KymmInBarcelona says:

    What a terrible thought, taken out to the very edge!
    I wonder if that’s the reason I don’t like barbecues…

  16. and here I’m always getting agitated over my weird neighbors! ha!

  17. Suzanne says:

    Love this Sandra! Sometimes I find expressing the darkness helps to exorcise it (especially when the headlines are particularly awful). Great job with the prompt!

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