September 24, 2008

Hearing is Believing.

Posted in stories tagged at 3:26 am by littlesubmissions

Tonight, I’m going to hear you scream.

Her fingers danced in front of her, rapidly forming the words and letters, spelling out the phrase.

His own fingers were slower, clumsier. She’d told him she could read his lips, that he didn’t need to learn to make the signs, just read them, but he’d insisted.


She jerked her head, twitched her shoulders, and headed towards the door, grabbing her coat on the way. He stopped at the hall closet to grab his own heavy jacket, and looked from her foot against the door to her smirking grin.

“Oh. That’s how.” He didn’t bother to sign it, and she just nodded back.

It was a full moon, and the snow was a wrecked silver landscape. Bright spots of glowing crystals in the middle of packed trails stained from ashes spread on the road and trampled by heavy boots. He followed her to the back of the house, through the pristine snow, his heavy shoes obliterating her steps.

She turned in the middle of their back yard, and her hand caught his hair, jerked his neck back. She stepped around him, twisting her hand, and a foot planted in the back of his knee dropped him. Instinctively he caught himself on the empty bird bath, jerked back from the cold stone, and she levered herself forward and closer, pushing him back down. She watched the gasps of air fall out of his mouth and spread across the basin, and then the long slow hiss of steamy breath as he forced his fingers to hold onto the freezing rock.

She slid his shirt up, and smiled at the goose-flesh forming on his arms. The belt dangled from her hand, and she planted her feet in the snow. Her eyes shifted away from his back, and looked to his profile. At his lips, already parted, his eyes tight shut.

The belt swung back, and she judged where it would land carefully. Looked back to his lips. Swung blind and felt the leather connect with flesh.

She finally heard him scream.

Copyright Jerry Jones. Unauthorized use is prohibited.


  1. odysseusbound said,

    The imagery is powerful and you accomplish quite a bit with very few words. I enjoyed this one very much.

  2. littlesubmissions said,

    Thank you, I like the idea… I kind of think I dropped the ball a little on the execution of it though.

    Oh well. 🙂

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