January 2023 Drabble Challenge: System

Horror PromptsGillian Church is hosting a horror drabble challenge this January: 31 prompts for 31 creepy tales throughout January that clock in at around 100 words.

The Prompt:
System

The Submission:
“Don’t interrupt me!” Jordan barked, the rusty scalpel glistening under the burning lights. “I have a system, okay? I need silence!”

Todd shrugged and backed away from the grimy operating table. He watched, silently, as Jordan went back to work, humming as he went. After a few minutes, Todd’s patience paid off and Jordan began narrating:

“You gotta do quick, gently slices, like when you shave? Don’t just start hacking away, you see how it ruins the meat? Just nice and slow, strimming away each layer. Ah, now, you see here? Don’t worry if this happens; you’ve just nicked a vein, is all, but it’s fine; just fix the clamp to it… like… that… and, there, that should stem it. You don’t want them passing out or bleeding out, after all. Now, hear that? That’s bone, and this is all tough muscle so you’re gonna want to switch to something a bit sturdier… hand me that bone saw, that’s it, the curved one. Now, just… press firmly and you’ll get through that. See how the tendons dangle? Try and be as smooth s you can, you don’t want bone chips in the meat. Now, what’s next…? Ah, yes, this is where I like to work on the groin so just grab your drill attachment and get positioned right near the opening…”


What did you think to the prompt for today’s drabble challenge? Did you submit anything for it? Have you ever written any flash fiction before? I’d love to know what you think to my snippets and writing prompts, so feel free to sign up and let me know what you think below or leave a comment on my Instagram page. You can also follow Gillian Church to take part in her Weekly Writing Prompt challenge.

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