As I swam desperately towards the still-distant land, I couldn’t hold back my tears. My parents, two older brothers, their wives, their kids. All dead. Only I had survived, but I had no idea for how long. Huge waves engulfed me, and my thoughts unwittingly went back to the yacht.
It was meant to be a family fun day, a picnic after a very long time. We opened a bottle of champagne, the kids were getting high on sundaes and sun. Everything was blissful, everything was perfect. Until that fair-haired assassin showed up.
It was a massacre. He spared no one, not even the kids. I was below the decks when I heard the gunfire, and rushed up like a madman. But as soon as I came out, I felt a huge blow on my shoulder, and still in shock, I realized that I had just been shot. Blood still spurting out of my shoulder, I flipped overboard, and dove under the water.
I don’t know how long I kept on swimming, or how I managed to stay alive in those shark-infested waters with blood seeping out of my body. Every breath was sheer agony, every stroke a mission in itself. But despite all the pain, and weakness, something kept me going. I did not die because I refused to allow myself to die, not like this, not when I had come so far. And slowly, but steadily, I could feel myself nearing the beach.
I scrambled towards dry land as soon as I touched ground, before the tide took me back with it in my weakened state. Starving, parched, broken…but only in body, for my spirit was still alive, I hobbled across the beach, and collapsed.
Photo courtesy Sue Vincent
The beach was empty, but I knew the fishermen would be around soon. They would take me to the hospital. I just had to hold on for some more time.
I had lost a lot of blood by now, but I knew that I couldn’t close my eyes, for if I closed my eyes, I knew I would never wake up. And that was not an option.
For I had to take revenge upon the assassin. I knew what he looked like, and I would find him somehow, even if it was the last thing I ever did. I would not let him get away with this.
He would face my wrath, and my face would be the last thing he ever saw, I promised myself. Shooting me was not a part of the assignment I had hired him for.
Written as a part of Thursday photo prompt: Footprints #writephoto hosted by Sue Vincent.
Also my submission for #AtoZChallenge and #BlogchatterA2Z, where today’s letter was L, which, in my story, stands for Lone survivor.
Gosh, what a dramatic tale!
Thank you so much Suzanne
I was wondering how you’d get the twist in there this time… but you did 🙂
Ha ha ha. I have a reputation to live up to Sue 🙂
You do 🙂
Ah, a different sort of twist from your usual.
Just thought I’d mix things up a bit and not have a mammoth shark eat him up just as he thinks he’s reached the safety of the beach 🙂
OMG this is brutal, why did he want to do that to his kith and kin. God served him right. Another dramatic one Anurag. Expect the unexpected from you. Brilliant
I am guessing it would be for money. He’s a younger son, they don’t usually end up getting much. Thank you so much for the encouragement Akshata.
Ha, great twist! Never pay it all up front, just in case your hireling decides to tidy up all the loose ends – like you 🙂
Eggjaktly. Thank you so much draliman
Hahaha! Nicely done, Anurag. The assassin should be taught a lesson. Hope he hasn’t paid the money in full. That would be a start. 😀
Ha ha ha. Thank you so much Varad.
Men! This is f**king twisted. Awesome read. Thanks for sharing!
Ha ha ha. Thank you so much Leye, you made my day.
WOaaaaahh!!! What a brilliant twist. I’m blown away. Amazing story telling Anurag.
Thank you so much Natasha
Ah bloody hell, you did it again! And so deftly. Great story 🙂
Thank you so much Jane 🙂
Oh my goodness! That ending was a sting in the tail. Superb storytelling, Anurag.
Thank you so much Moon
Ah, great satisfying last line. Very well done, sir 🙂
Thank you so much Iain.
Great surprise ending! ; )
Thank you so much
A tale of horror! The twist was awesome. Great narration!
Thank you so much Meha
I really should’ve expected a twist like that. I was thinking that I would love a continuation of this, and you throw that line in there. Absolutely brilliant!
Thank you so much Em, really appreciate the encouragement.
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Like the twist ending.
Thank you so much Marilyn
What a great twist
What a brilliant twist at the end. Loved it!
Thank you so much Di.
The hero who becomes the villain. Fabulous last line. You’re very good at the final twist👏👏
Thank you so much for the encouragement Luccia
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Did not see the reveal at the end coming at all. Well played.
Thank you so much James