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Flash no. Quitter

No Buts. By CpSingleton © 2016

‘I can’t do this anymore,’ Macca groaned, laying his tool down on the dining table with a careful clunk.

‘What d’ya mean?’ Jeanie asked, with muffled confusion.

‘Exactly what I said. I can’t do this anymore. It’s all too…futile.’

‘You’ve been at Schopenhauer again, haven’t you? You always do this after reading that book. I should never have bought you it,’ she told him, whipping off her stocking.

‘It’s not just that,’ he replied, sliding off his own to reveal his deep frown. ‘I’m just not enjoying this anymore.’

‘But, you’re so good at it.’

‘Being good at it means nothing.’

‘What about the time we can spend together?’

‘We can spend time together in other ways. It doesn’t have to be like this.’

‘What, like pottering about in some bloody garden?’

‘We could travel.’

‘We travel now,’ she hissed. ‘We’ve travelled two thousand miles for this job.’

‘And what do we get to see? We board a plane and watch the marker for a few weeks, like peeping bloody toms. Then we fulfil our contract and are back on the plane to the next job. Jeannie, there’s gotta be more to life than this.’

‘So, what’re you suggesting? D’you wanna quit right now; in the middle of a job.’

‘Noooo. You know the guilt would eat away at me. I’m saying that we conclude this contract and then quit this life. Or I swear I’m gonna lose it.’

‘Good! I didn’t get all dressed up for nothing,’ she grinned. 

‘I’m serious, Jeannie, I’m out after this,’ he told her, as car headlights could be seen sweeping across the dark living room wall.

‘Alright. After this. Now get your game face on,’ she told him, before pulling her stocking back over her face.

He followed suit.

‘And no silly philosophy quotes before you pull the trigger,’ she warned and handed him his gun.


‘No buts.’

After completing the contract they did quit. For two months. 

Then Macca found Nietzsche in an old book shop and decided there and then that he must live as he really was.

So they took a job in war-torn Taipaw, but soon found out that over there German philosophy was frowned upon to the point of torture and dismemberment. Macca’s final word, as the last of his limbs was hacked off was, ‘Übermensch!’

Jeannie’s was a lot less refined and began with a ‘C’

About Chris42

I am a liar! A maker-uper of stories! If this was the 16 (c) I'd be burned as a witch. Fank goodness it is not, eh?! I have four children: two wonderful girls, a fantastic lad and Leeds United. I have no strict genre. I write children's poetry and stories, to edgy, stronger themes. Up until now I have stored them for my own and my family's viewing. Last year i thought bugger it and starred in several short films. One, Playground, which is on the BBC Film Network, used the monologue that I wrote for the audition. You should've seen the face of the receptionist, of the Manchester hotel, where the audition was being held, as I turned up dressed as the psychopath, Gordon. It got the desired effect! I then moved up to Cumbria and wrote and appeared in several live performances on stage. 2012. A local artist, Kayleigh Richardson, commissioned me to write a poem for her to paint a representation. I sent her, The Rise of the Robot Monkey Army. Kayleigh painted a fantastic piece that blew my mind! From that we are collaborating on the Jacob Bear series of stories. Oh and Two's Company is to published, along with seventeen other Sci Fi short stories as part of a collection. Not a bad start to the, so called, last year of the Earth. Now is the time to show the rest of you. I take my themes wherever i see them, whether in reality or dream-world. I hope you enjoy. If not tell me why. If so tell me why. Many thanks and be safe. So far I have published: Jacob Bear's first Christmas,https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007GK872A (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GK872A (USA) Jacob Bear Goes to School https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JD3OKY (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JD3OKY (USA Jacob's First Words https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007VZWPSC (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VZWPSC (USA) Space Here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H96M90 (UK) &http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H96M90#reader_B007H96M90 The Rise of the Sponge Cake Moon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007WWZ16M (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WWZ16M (USA) © Madstoffa, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


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