Trojan Horse

Responding to Denise’s Six Sentence Story prompt “RANDOM”. https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/sundays-six-sentence-story-word-prompt-119/

Joe leaned over the bridge, peering into the murky depths of the waters swirling below.

Dark clouds were looming on the horizon, moving in his direction and he had decisions to make.

Joe was a Trojan horse, offering himself as a charming gift to the world, while concealing the dark malevolence lurking within.

He had been a hustler for most of his life, stalking random victims, preying on their trust and innocence.

Justice was finally catching up with him as the web of illusion he had spun for years was finally unraveling.

He smiled, shrugged off his discomfort, turned from the bridge and embraced his destiny.

Published by lensdailydiary

Born Stepney, London, England. Emigrated to Canada. Married, two children, six grandchildren. Retired. Conservative and cultural catholic. LOVE soccer. Tottenham Hotspur. Read historical and fantasy fiction..

38 thoughts on “Trojan Horse

  1. i enjoyed reading your story.

    Somehow, it makes me think that all of us may be spinning a “web of illusion” of one sort or another, not necessarily to deceive others, but for many other purposes…

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  2. Tempting to draw, from this Six, the lesson that the dark side (that lies within us all, dormant of otherwise), demands its pound of flesh sooner or later.
    A rhetorical still life of the wages of sin.

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    1. Actions always have consequences, Clark. Except for politicians. Our prime minister Justin Trudeau has been caught in a conflict of interest for the third time. The first two without consequences and probably will be no action taken on this third conflict, still under investigation. If he was CEO of a corporation he would be fired by now.

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  3. Nice take on the prompt, Len. I’ve met that horse. Joe seems rather nonchalant about the whole thing, which is par for the course.

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  4. I first thought his plan was going to be suicide, but after reading the rest of the story, I think he was going to jump in the water to escape.

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    1. When I wrote the first line, I intended him to commit suicide. But, whenever I sit down to write, the keyboard seems to have a life of its own and ignores my initial thoughts. If he was a psychopath, he would not give in, but continue to think he could game the system. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Dyanne.

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  5. Wow, this is cool. He understands himself; so who knows, maybe his lack of self-illusion will keep him going for a while longer. You show great skill in crafting this person–I mean, character.

    I hope you have a good, new week, Len. (I’m late and trying to catch up. It’s Sunday evening.)

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  6. Wow. I liked this, Len. It flowed beautifully, created a compelling character, and what a great hook! All in six sentences. The Trogan Horse metaphor worked wonderfully. It added all kinds of depth without having to explain. This could be the opening for a book. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Diana. I haven’t tried more than 600 words in my two years of blogging. Maybe it’s time to stretch a bit and test my limits. I might copy some other bloggers I follow and try serializing a story.

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