Ronovan’s prompt this week:
- Word Count of 500. (SUGGESTED)
- Take your favorite quote from a movie and use it as inspiration for your entry this week. If you want more direction, make it the last sentence in your piece. (REQUIRED)
I’ve been unable to participate in Ronovan’s challenge for the last few weeks, and I’ve missed taking part. When I saw the prompt, and given that I wanted to write something for Valentine’s, I decided to go with it. It’s a little rushed, so I apologise for that, and I’m nervous about using the line because I know I didn’t do it justice. Not even a little bit. Still, it was fun.
To say I loved Deadpool is an understatement. It might just be my all time favourite movie, and I think Ryan Reynolds did a wonderful job of bringing Wade Wilson to life. I was tempted to write a story in which I broke the fourth wall, one of my favourite things about Deadpool, but I think I’ll save that until I’m feeling braver!
So, it’s obvious by now, but the line I chose is from Deadpool Enjoy 🙂
Sebastian turned away from his partner, who was heaving his breakfast, and possibly everything he’d eaten in the last two days, onto the pavement. Darren was beyond green, the poor kid looked ready to pass out. It wasn’t unusual; crime scenes were never pretty, so when you were human and dealing with a whole heap of supernatural nasty, well, puking went with the territory.
“Shit, man,” one of his officers ground out. “Who called Jeremiah’s posse?”
Sebastian followed the officer’s gaze to the two figures bearing down on them. The one in front, tall, built, and with hair prettier than his sister’s, wore a look Sebastian recognised. Ignatius Steele was an arrogant son of a bitch. Unfortunately, he was also the right person for the job, and they needed him.
“Look out, boys, here comes the elf squad.” Sebastian took in the berry-coloured suit, which shimmered like a second skin. “And they have a new uniform to boot.”
Ignatius gave a bow, immune to the jibe, as always.
“What the hell?” Darren straightened, one hand clamped around his waist as though trying to convince his stomach to stay put. “Did I miss the memo? Or are you wearing that for a bet?”
“How would you like to cough up more than the contents of your stomach?” Isabella snapped, stepping in front of Ignatius.
Darren rolled his eyes, whether to fight nausea or impatience, Sebastian couldn’t be sure. “How the hell did you hear about this so soon?”
Ignatius smiled, turning his distinguished features into the stuff of nightmares. Manic was too tame a word. “It’s Christmas day, and I’m after someone on my naughty list!”
“Actually,” Sebastian cut in. “You’re getting your festivals crossed. It’s Valentine’s, so you dug out the elf suit for nothing. And when I say this, I mean it with all due respect, but you should never wear that thing, not even at Christmas.”
To this, Ignatius reached forward and plucked Sebastian from the ground. Despite his formidable strength, Ignatius didn’t hurt him, except maybe his pride. He crushed Sebastian to his chest as he roared with what could have passed for laughter, though, again with the manic. This wasn’t typical behaviour for the elves, but then, there was nothing typical about Ignatius.
When Sebastian was back on terra firma, he quit with the pleasantries, and got down to business. “What happened in that warehouse is so beyond evil it isn’t funny. No more jokes about holidays because, that in there.” Sebastian pointed over his shoulder. “Is the kind of red you don’t want to see, and there’s nothing left of the poor guy’s heart.”
Ignatius and Isabella stepped forward without another word. They moved into the warehouse, through to the gruesome scene that, even now, was burned into Sebastian’s brain. He looked to Darren, who was back on his knees, cursing everything that had passed his lips, and then followed the pair back into a nightmare.
The moment he crossed the threshold, Sebastian felt the rage leaking from Ignatius like lifeblood. He had his forehead pressed tight against his partner’s, and Isabella was murmuring in a familiar language, Sebastian still found difficult to process.
“We have a problem,” Ignatius said, without looking at him. “You were right about the evil, but you haven’t seen anything yet. This was merely the beginning. A sacrifice and a warning of what is yet to come.”
“Shit.” Sebastian braced himself when he saw Ignatius move. He was glad he did because the elves’ eyes reflected the horror in the room. They were blood red.
“We are going to need the power of a saint,” Ignatius said. “To prevent the birth of a demon.”
Sebastian didn’t even hesitate. “Tell me what to do.”
“Call on Orion. This is a job for the Collective.”
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10 responses to “The Sacrifice – FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES Prompt Challenge #13”
Great stuff, Mel 🙂 I’ve missed your short fiction so it was nice to see this pop up in my feed 🙂
Thanks, Callum 🙂
I have got to see Dead Pool!Well done! ❤️
Thanks, Colleen 🙂 I hope you enjoy the movie. I’m already planning to see it again! ❤
It sounds good! 😃
I do see what you mean about the quote. But I’ll tell you something. You nailed this piece. There was an imbalance of emotions that kept the reader not quite comfortable. So when you get Ignatius inside the warehouse it comes across just right. I’m jealous about you seeing the movie. Hrmph. 😛
Thanks, Ronovan. I probably should tell you I’ve seen it twice now 😉 I’m so glad you liked what I did with the emotional tension…it was great fun to write!
Hrmph, we shall not speak of the mouth with a mask again. Hrmph. 😛
Ha! My lips are sealed…though thankfully not sewn shut 😉
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