The Lone Survivor – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

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.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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41 Responses to The Lone Survivor – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

  1. Suzanne says:

    Gosh, what a dramatic tale!

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    I was wondering how you’d get the twist in there this time… but you did 🙂

  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Ah, a different sort of twist from your usual.

  4. Akshata Ram says:

    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

  5. draliman says:

    Ha, great twist! Never pay it all up front, just in case your hireling decides to tidy up all the loose ends – like you 🙂

  6. Varad says:

    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. 😀

  7. leye555 says:

    Men! This is f**king twisted. Awesome read. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Natasha says:

    WOaaaaahh!!! What a brilliant twist. I’m blown away. Amazing story telling Anurag.

  9. Ah bloody hell, you did it again! And so deftly. Great story 🙂

  10. Moon says:

    Oh my goodness! That ending was a sting in the tail. Superb storytelling, Anurag.

  11. rugby843 says:

    Great surprise ending! ; )

  12. Meha Sharma says:

    A tale of horror! The twist was awesome. Great narration!

  13. Em says:

    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!

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  15. Deb Whittam says:

    What a great twist

  16. What a brilliant twist at the end. Loved it!

  17. LucciaGray says:

    The hero who becomes the villain. Fabulous last line. You’re very good at the final twist👏👏

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  19. James says:

    Did not see the reveal at the end coming at all. Well played.

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