My Steel Mask

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and happy end of November to everyone else. This is definitely not a Thanksgiving story: I just wrote the story I saw in the picture. However, I’m very thankful for everyone who reads my stories. Thank you.

As Monty Python said, “And now for something completely different.”

copyright Susan Eames

My Steel Mask

The crutches are my mask. One glance and people have this poor crippled girl all figured out.

“The hell are you?” I come closer and the man’s demeanor flips.

“Hey, you lost?” He’s all Mr. Rogers suddenly. “This is a bad neighborhood.”

I wait until he’s close enough that when I swing the crutch up, the spring-loaded spike destroys his throat. He falls in a bubbling heap. Nighty-night, mugger.

He’s got $300 and a pack of cigarettes on him. I smoke two as I sit on his corpse to rest my aching leg.

Who says cripples can’t be superheroes?

A rare explanation: I realize that the term “cripple” is viewed as offensive by some. That is not at all my intention, so my apologies if you felt uncomfortable. I chose it only to fit with the tone of the story. After all, the point of the story is not to judge someone by their outward appearance.

About David Stewart

I am a writer of anything quirky and weird. I love most genres of fiction and in each there are stories that I would consider "my kind of story". View all posts by David Stewart

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