‘The Hell of Shopping in December’, or ’27/12/2012 – 7:59pm’

I held his head
under the water
and realised that
I needed some
new shoes; the
sole on the right
one had begun
to wear away,
water seeped
through from every

He began to struggle
harder, his hands
clawing at my neck
and chest, scratching
for salvation. I
needed to sort
dinner – I’d
had pasta for
the past three
days. It was
cheap, shitty pasta,
and I fancied
something meat-based.

He wasn’t dying
fast enough, though
there wouldn’t
be any fun in it
if he didn’t
suffer. I broke his
fingers to exact the
desired degree of pain,
forcing him to
inhale, the water flooding
his lungs. I didn’t
like the water in the
flat; it was very
hard water, horrible
grimy stuff – and it
could never make a
properly good cuppa.

Snapping the bones in
his fingers seemed to
work. Twelve seconds
later, he stopped
struggling, and there were
four more seconds of
twitching before he ceased
movement altogether. ‘I
know, I’ll nip to
Sainsbury’s on the way
home’ – they sold
some fairly nice shoes
(and at a very reasonable
price), they were selling
steaks cheap, and Yorkshire
Tea made bags specifically
for hard water. I think
they did, at least. Worth a try.


About DickensianJack

Born in Wolverhampton in November '93, moved to Huddersfield in September 2012. Studying at the University of Huddersfield. In love with the town - simple as that. As for the blog itself, I've been doing bits and pieces of writing (with varying quality) for a few years. A friend suggested I start a blog to share my work. Most of the stuff on here is poems, but there's other work interspersed on the page. Feel free to leave any comments on my work. Twitter: @DickensianJack (Jack Dickens) Facebook: www.facebook.com/dickensianjack Cheers, enjoy.
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