Anne Squared

Life filtered through the lens of an INTJ, Mom, and healthcare professional.

Friday Fictioneers: Border-town Inquisition

Friday Fictioneers is a fun challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. A different picture prompt is provided weekly.

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Ted Strutz

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Ted Strutz

Border-town Inquisition

The intensity of the needle entering my flesh, followed by the tug of suture material was not the pain I expected; it was a unique form of anesthesia. I was a relieved to have my attention focused on one spot, drawn to the task of closing the gapping wound in my right side.

I never closed an incision before, but watched enough surgical procedures to know the basics. Not a great job, probably an average one, based on the scar I have 20 years later. Had anyone else been attending to the bayonet wound, I would have probably gone insane.

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22 replies

  1. Thanks for reading through – and the comments, too!
    Imagination? lol 😉

  2. Dear Anne, Good story and I felt squeamish but think if I had to close a wound without anesthesia – think I could do it. Wow – you have a great imagination for this line of work! I enjoyed trying to figure out what had happened – and reading the comments was fun! Nan 🙂

  3. The thought of self-sewing made the skin on my right side twinge. Well told,

  4. Dear Anne,

    There’s a person determined to live. The idea of him sewing his own wound made me cringe. Well done.



  5. Anne, Good and well-written story with a great unexpected twist at the end. I’ve read of people tending to their own wounds. I suppose not minding the pain was a form of unintended self-hypnosis. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

  6. Wow! Brave person this. Determined to live. Sewing lessons for all from now on!
    (Gapping? do you mean gaping?)

  7. Very visceral. I can feel this person’s pain.

  8. Just read yours — very well-written! I like the unexpected revelation at the end — good turn to the story!

  9. oh, ouch, and the thought of it feeling like “a unique form of anesthesia . . .” makes me think your character had a high tolerance to pain. great story!

  10. For some reason I thought this was taking place in the future until I read the word “bayonet.” Very intriguing! 🙂

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