The ophidian

Joe and Sheila Rath are celebrating their  anniversary in the enchanting cottage by the lake with their daughter, Rene.
“Daddy, won’t you tuck me in?” little Rene pleads fondly, after a delightfully unique family dinner under the moonlight.
“Of course, darling ” Joe responds to his daughter’s call with his hallmark paternal smile .
“Can you tell me a bedtime story too ? please?”
“Another day, all right ?I need to work now.”
Joe shuts the door of the sleeping room carefully and takes leave of his compliant wife .
He drives past the lake and the little houses to the isolated blue house .
There she is , most enticing in her crimson dress .
“I have been waiting, keenly. “.
“Me too, my lovely lady !”
A giddy Joe walks over to the kitchen counter to inspect and select the most appropriate knife for the very fine third victim.
“I am powerful. I am invincible . I am the Ophidian”, Joe thinks out loud, trampling every inch of the blue house  with waves of his sinful laughter.

Word count -174

Written for flash fiction for aspiring writers, based on this week’s photo prompt . Thanks to priceless joy for hosting the challenge.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Kecia Spartin. Thank you Kecia!


35 thoughts on “The ophidian

    • Thanks so much , Iain. I fear for his daughter too.
      Read a true story about a next-door-neighbor brand of serial killer- a doting Dad with no conspicuous signs of psychosis or psychopathy. My story was a humble attempt at portraying a masked venomous killer like that who kills merely for thrill and power.

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  1. What a horrible twist this one took, and such a wrenching contrast between his comfortable home life and his extracurricular activities. How awful for his wife and daughter, to live with him and not realize (yet) what a monster he is.

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    • So true … I do not get their attitude of absolute “detachment ” towards their victim. or that an innocuous person can hide so many dreadful layers inside?
      Thanks so much for the comment, Jessie.

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    • Thanks for the very kind comment, Kalpana. A pat on the back from a good blogger means a lot. Thanks also for sharing my post on Facebook. Means a lot.


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