Exe’s Skill

Exe switched on the light and, on cue, the screaming started – hysterical, tortured sounds that Exe knew were not coming out of pain.  He knew, because Exe knew pain.  He knew it by the expression in the eyes; conjuring pity.   By smell; the salty sweat released from the exhausted being. By touch; the heat emanating from the feverish body.

Knowing this, Exe knew that the helpless, shapeless creature that now lay before him beholding its own reflection was not screaming out of pain but in horror; revulsion at the beast it had now become.

Exe put away his tools and smiled at a job well done.


Copyright – EL Appleby

This was for Friday Fictioneers and inspired by the picture below. Not what you were expecting, huh?


40 comments on “Exe’s Skill

  1. I’m not sure “like” is the proper response. My face is still screwed up in an “Ewwwww” expression but you wrote this extremely well.


    • Sandra says:

      It’s okay – I can imagine the expression by rememering what my face looked like when I finished the first draft! Thanks for reading, Janet.

  2. Ohhh, that’s positively sick..good, but sick.

  3. Maggie Grace says:

    Such intensity in your writing…so evil. lol

  4. Wanderer says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who envisioned dark things happening to this creature. I’m usually quite fond of stuffed animals… Creepily concocted! Well done.

  5. I hope this doesn’t give me nightmares :/

    • Sandra says:

      Confession: This story came from a nightmare! I’ve been waiting for the right prompt for it since I woke up sweating, breathless and almost crying!

  6. Oh dear. Turn the light back off! Good one, Sandra…in a creepy, skin-crawling kind of way. 😉



  7. Hannah says:

    Well-written but cruel story! 😉

  8. That is extremely sinister… brrr! Well-crafted though!

  9. zookyworld says:

    Wow — this was an intense story after reading the other whimsical takes on the strange animal. The creepiness comes right through, with your descriptions of how Exe knows the details of pain and the horror of the creature.

  10. elappleby says:

    Definitely not what I was expecting! I assumed this week would be full of fluffy, chirpy stories – how wrong was I!
    Very creepy. Very original.

  11. Sandra says:

    Very spooky. Indeed.

  12. 40again says:

    Oh that was very creepy, made me shiver!
    Well done for such a different take on the fluffy photo!

  13. Shreyank says:

    E eeee yaaaa oooooo hhooooooo noooooo.. ! 🙂

  14. Wow, that’s quite a dark tale, in the best traditions of the mad scientist. Well done.

  15. neenslewy says:

    As creepy as the soft toy – the impact of revulsion when I first saw the prompt is matched well in your sick flash, exceptionally well written – overtones of pure evil, great descriptive writing. I feel a little sick actually, wish I hadn’t just eaten an ice cream before reading it!

  16. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    IT’S ALIIIIIIIIIIVE! This was wonderful, darling! My initial association was Frankenstein, but now I’m also reminded of Jack Nicholson in Batman, after having plastic surgery by that wacky doctor.

  17. I would say Exe sounds like a mad scientist enjoying ghastly experiments… well told

  18. kz says:

    evil, so evil! well done 🙂

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