The Punishment in Pure Slush

The Punishment

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

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

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