100 Word Challenge - Burn

What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Burn".

100 Word Challenge 


Charlie Keller waited for the people in the house to turn out the lights and go to sleep.   He waited in the bushes, where he could see and not be seen, as he fingered the small box of wooden matches in his pocket.

He was used to waiting.  He'd waited through wasted years of treatment, through ages behind locked doors, through daily doses of meds handed to him in little white cups.

He had to wait a little longer.

The shed was old.  Dry tinder surrounding things like yard utensils, lawn mowers ... and gas ... and soon ... he'd make it bu-u-u-u-r-r-r-r-n.

Ndinombethe.  Ubuntu.


Big Mark 243 said...

...ooh... this is kind of sinister... perhaps a story to be told..? One could hope, couldn't they..?

Tara R. said...

Yes, very creepy. There is something primal about starting a fire with matches and not a lighter.

Lance said...

The deliberation is a character. I love the pace and the suspense.

Carrie said...

nasty pyro!

Anonymous said...

Revenge of the pyromaniac? I'm starting to think the people in the house are his family who had him committed, and now he was going to prove how much it really helped him. Creepy!