I picked up the beginning of this piece, titled “The Sheriff, the Priest, and the Killer,” over at ROKTyping as part 1 for Chuck Wendig’s 4-part flash fiction challenge. I had a hard time choosing, but this’ll be my contribution to part 2 of Chuck Wendig’s 4-part challenge.
I was a little confused about our dramatis personae, but I think I’ve got it down as follows: there’s Sheriff Cairns, Billy and Sam O’Connel, and two men named Johnny and Kurt. There’s also a character named Rusty (who was dead, last we knew); the inhuman murderer Matt Quinn; an as yet unnamed priest; and an as yet unnamed boy with a toothy, too-wide smile. There may have been some counting issues, since the priest only references 5 people being present, but I think we can ignore that. Enjoy!
The sun rolled down behind the edge of the cliffs, limning the top of the canyon in light for a moment before it disappeared completely. The deep gulch was suddenly too dark, but everyone could still see the too-wide smile of the freak that rode alongside the padre. Continue reading