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Death Has Its Heart in the Right Place

March 14, 2009
By Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
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Looking down the barrel of a gun is a strange feeling, but after staring into Death's dark face so many times, Jack had become accustomed to the tickles and prickles that run across your spine. It had become a familiar, a common, an ordinary feeling. He almost liked it, the sensation, of Death looming about, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. To him, it was intoxicating. It made his heart race, his blood pump and adrenaline run. It was like being in love for the first time, and the last. Yet every time that the Reaper swung his scythe on the mob boss, he always seemed to stop, never finishing the job. It was as though he, Death, took pleasure in seeing Jack sweat under his blade. They both enjoyed the mad thrill, but it seemed that this would be the last time they would saviour it.
Bang! The thunderous roar of the gun shattered the calm night. It was over.
'Here. You can keep it,' the assassin tossed the smoking gun onto Jack's cold lap.
A sinister smile cut the killer's face. Raising his chin proudly, as a young boy does after winning a prize, the mercenary turned around slowly, savouring his victory. Now all he had to do was collect his pay and live comfortably on some exotic island for the rest of his life, without worries, without problems, without necessities, without ' Bang! A second shot.
The assassin's knees broke under the pain. One moment he was savouring glory and the next he was savouring the bitter sweet taste of warm steel, the killer kiss of a bullet. On all fours, he lifted his trembling hand up to his chest: his shirt was soaked in blood that was spewing out on both sides of his trunk. He was cold, weak, in pain. Frozen sweat poured down his face as his insides burnt in anguish.
Writhing on the floor with no strength at all, he turned around to see who the shooter was. Behind him, sitting in the same leather-cushion seat he had been sitting when the assassin came in, Jack sat. The only difference was that now his right arm was outstretched with his fingers curled around the gun. His eyelids were heavy upon his red eyes, but he still maintained them wide open.
'No ' Impossible ' I shot you ' I shot you in the heart.'
Jack licked his lips and explained slowly, enjoying every word, 'I am dextrocardi-ac.'


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on Dec. 18 2011 at 1:08 pm
Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
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Thanks a lot!

on Dec. 18 2011 at 1:07 pm
Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
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Thanks for the comment!

on Dec. 18 2011 at 1:03 pm
Andy Binker Cosen BRONZE, Buenos Aires, Other
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Glad you enjoyed!

on Dec. 17 2011 at 5:13 pm
Alechcim SILVER, Plano, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"There's no such thing as impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn
"Be the change you wish to see in the world.- Ganhdi
"I have no failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work." -Thomas Edison

The introduction really catches your attention. Very very good job!:)

on Dec. 11 2011 at 9:03 am
Ahmad-Mobeen GOLD, Rawalpindi, Other
11 articles 4 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Understand life... Don't just STAND UNDER it!

It's really great! =)

Well, guyz, I'm new here and would really appreciate your support. Please give my story "The Enigmatic Cause" a read and rate it! Please! Sorry if this feels wrong to you. Thanks. =)


on Nov. 28 2011 at 7:08 am
BabyDocra BRONZE, Plymouth, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Love is like the ocean; You cannot contain it for it is too large, but you cannot unleash it for it would drown the world.

I loved the opening, it was the first thing that grabbed my attention. I also favour your descriptions of the characters actions. it's obvious you took time to think about the realistic respones of the characters. I hope to read more of your work later on, you are an inspiration.

on Nov. 19 2011 at 5:44 pm
selahoverrated GOLD, Mt Sidney, Virginia
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i think it is mysterious because you really dont know what got jack to this point were he is face to face with death...... great story, leave it just like this!!!:)

peacerocks said...
on Nov. 19 2011 at 10:34 am

I NEED MORE COMMENTS PLEASE!!!!!! This story is mysterious.........................................

yes or no????????????????????????


on Nov. 17 2011 at 8:45 pm
ChristopherW BRONZE, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"you can never get enough of what you don't read"

A delectibly delicious story, I loved how it took me in multiple directions

on Nov. 16 2011 at 2:50 am
Cloudyday92 BRONZE, Merced, California
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Favorite Quote:
The quietest people have the loudest minds.

Yay it was good!

on Oct. 31 2011 at 4:43 pm
Pwincess BRONZE, Yourcity, Other
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That is such a wierd opning!

pablo45 said...
on Oct. 28 2011 at 11:32 am
this book sounds intresting im ganna have to read it one day

on Oct. 27 2011 at 2:40 pm
Prometheus PLATINUM, East Aurora, New York
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Great story- nice and concise.  Just one small thing- didn't Jack still get shot through the lungs?  

on Oct. 25 2011 at 1:24 pm
deleteddeletedFoff, Columbus, Ohio
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bravo. very intriguing

Zantesha said...
on Oct. 24 2011 at 5:50 pm
Zantesha, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
'There's two sides to a story, but only one side to the TRUTH*' -Zantesha :]

really liked this !! the ending was PERFECT* :]

on Oct. 23 2011 at 12:40 pm
ThePhoenixRising BRONZE, Macomb, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
—Albert Einstein
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
—Albert Einstein
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
—Bill Cosby
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur. (Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.)
—Unknown Author
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
—Pablo Picasso

I was captivated by your first sentence, "Looking down the barrel of a gun". Amazing!

on Oct. 16 2011 at 11:18 pm
Anonymous_7 SILVER, Branson, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
-The only time you can get away with murder is when writing a book!

I enjoyed reading this! It was really intresting and I liked how you wrote Death to seem like an actual physical form. The ending was not to be expected ;) You did very good and should continue to do your best. Keep it up!  Also, Would you care to comment/rate my work? Thanks!

on Oct. 13 2011 at 4:53 pm
I really liked this, it was random but in a good way and interesting. Keep writing!

JacindaP said...
on Oct. 10 2011 at 11:53 pm
The suspence was great. Very nice conclusion and nice body paragraphs. Great job.

on Oct. 8 2011 at 2:15 pm
kelseyp96 BRONZE, Glendale, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"heart can be broken but it still keeps a beatin' just the same" -Movie, Fried Green Tomatoes

very intense but maybe some more development