July 27, 2012

Five Sentence Fiction – Perseverance

 Lessons of the Dark Art
"No, you must sever the limb with one strike; take the cleaver and watch." 

The mentor passes his protegé another human cadaver limb for testing.

 "Raise the cleaver above your head, aim, and strike; power will come with age but precision is taught." 

"Start with the hand, one strike should remove it cleanly; speed and accuracy are crucial in the field, without practice you will get caught on your first night out." 

The student raises the blade above his head, aims and strikes; missing the mark and chopping off three fingers instead of the hand as instructed; his master retrieves another arm.


  1. While I was reading this, I imagined a dank cellar hidden underneath a bustling city.

    Nice entry :)

  2. Ghoulish... and I mean that in the best way ;)

  3. Practice makes perfect - perfectly gruesome. Nicely done.

  4. thank you all for the comments.

  5. "speed and accuracy are crucial in the field"...the field of what?! Now I'm imagining these two are going to head out and do some murders. *shudder* Loved it!

  6. I guess even grusome people need to practrice their art lol. Loved this take on the prompt. x

  7. Love the last words...his master retrieves another arm. So matter of fact!