Tuesday Tales

Iron gatesThis week we’re writing to a picture prompt. I chose this one for my scene, which isn’t associated with any book I’m writing, have written but might write someday.

Through partially swollen eyelids he watched as the rising sun cast a cold, pale light over his partially naked body. Lazy cross patterns on and above the steel doors projected an eerie pattern on the stone floor where he lay.

A few feet outside the doors he couldn’t help but notice rocks cast at odd angles but at the same time, he noticed in a set pattern. From what he could discern it took on the appearance of an altar. But for what, or was it more for whom. Blinking to clear his vision, patterns of pale pink to dark red came into view on the largest of the stones.

Pieces of rope, thick and stained maroon, were piled at two of the visible corners.

He lifted his pain racked head to get a better look at what was around. A tug at his throat brought the realization there was an iron collar fastened around his neck.  The unmistakable jangled of chain to stone informed him there wasn’t escape. With a hard wrench he tried to free himself from the steel bolt anchored into stone.

As he studied the structure more closely he noticed a large indentation at end nearest him. A long, narrow rope, knotted at one end was threaded through a hole and draped across the stone. Then it dawned on him the purpose. It was so the person being sacrificed would have his head restrained, stretching their chest so the knife could easily pierce the chest.

When he heard voices nearby he was about to call out but when he heard the word kill he thought better. Now, more desperate

“I don’t care. He found us and like the others has to die.” This, he suspected came from the leader.

Suddenly, without warning gunfire rent the air, followed by a pained screams.


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13 Responses to Tuesday Tales

  1. Jean says:

    Wow! Scary scene but it looks like he has a reprieve. Another suspenseful story taking shape. Love this and looking forward to more.

  2. Tricia says:

    Wow- the suspense is killing me. I have to know how this one ends. Great excerpt!!

  3. Sherry Gloag says:

    Tense, very tense. I hope you take this further, I want to know so much more.

  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Excellent hook to the beginning of the story! I want to find out what happens to him also.

  5. Sarah Cass says:

    Oh my gosh, what a piece!! Why the sacrifices? Was the gunfire to save him? Holy cow, I need to know more and I need to know it now! Great descriptions, I could picture it all. I hope you write more for this one!

  6. Sue says:

    You’ve got the start of a truly eerie tale here. I like the atmosphere.

  7. Um…score! Leaving reader wanting more? Check. Nice job, Linz.

  8. Iris B says:

    Holy macaroni …. what a post! can’t wait to read more.

  9. Vicki Locey says:

    What a great hook! I can`t wait to read more.

  10. fionadruce says:

    Great descriptions 😀

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