is January’s Counterpoint Story in Pure Slush.
Music, crime and punishment.
“A man did something terrible. He went to a place where many young people were gathered and killed them while he listened to dramatic, classical music with booming drums and blaring trumpets that made him feel like a hero. ”
Many thanks to editor Matt Potter who asked for a counterpoint story and for Jules Archer for writing the counterpoint story The Plan.
“I strap the Walkman to my waistband. Put in the tape and cushion the oversized headphones against my ears. I push play, letting Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries take over. The beat is glaring but soothes. I barely feel myself leave the jalopy, barely hear the door shut. The rifle, some man-made creature, slung over my shoulder, its butt dangling near my waist.”
(Image by Sharihahr Erfanian)
6 thoughts on “The Punishment in Pure Slush”
Bone chilling-gripping-intense-sad – and all too real. Terrific writing – pieces by two different authors that fit seamlessly together.
Glad to hear you liked it. 🙂
Thank you so much for reading and for commenting, both here and in Pure Slush! 🙂
Berit – thank you for creating great first story to jump off of and for being brave to start it off. I kinda got into the method writing of mine and was a little shocked to see where it ended up. And, to answer your question, no, I didn’t do any research on cases or anything…I just wrote. Funny, so similar. Anyway, thanks again – I feel like we were the perfect pair to do this.
The admiration and feeling of perfectedness is mutual! :))
Great work, Berit. Enjoyed.
Thank you very much!
It was a pleasure to work along side Jules Archer and Matt Potter for the counterpoint stories.
Thank you for reading and commenting!