I placed it here to taunt you…


My, how he hated the emaciated sub-species. It gave him no small amount of pleasure to drive his Daimler slowly along the perimeter fence laughing heartily at their plight.

In moments of particular malice it was his singular delight to have them polish the bodywork.

‘This automobile is like you. A collection of elements brought to heel and bound up in a chamber of fiery combustion into which gas is pumped.’

Defeat came quickly and there was little time for sentimentality. He left his precious vehicle behind and fled into obscurity – abandoning his Reich and his identity.

For many years he retreated ever south, constantly in fear of capture, plummeting at last to a lowly lean-to in the woods…

…outside of which…

…one morning…

…he discovered the husk of his once proud possession.

Despite the revulsion there was something to be admired in their audacity.

‘I can only imagine the logistics involved in such a feat.’

They rose from the undergrowth and spoke as one.

‘This automobile is like you. Burnt out, expended.’


Written for: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers



Filed under Books, Flash fiction

16 responses to “I placed it here to taunt you…

  1. Excellent take. My mind went to a similar place from the prompt, must be something Volkswagen like about the car

  2. Lynn Love

    A great sense of karma there, of just desserts and fitting endings. Nicely told too, Martin. Good one

  3. karma it is. Beautifully written, Martin.

  4. michael1148humphris

    I guess that his past has caught up with him, will the spirits of the forest take revenge?

  5. Very well written and it just goes to show that some form of justice will always get you in the end 🙂

  6. Revenge. Payback even includes the car. Nice metaphor.

  7. How sad that he laughed at the “subspecies” because they got him in the end! Great story, Martin!

  8. What goes round, must come round! A little creepy, at the end, but a fitting end for someone so horrible.

  9. It’s a shame they couldn’t all have ended up like that.

  10. Simply superb metaphors and Martin.

  11. Really great set-up here. Well told, and well executed.

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