Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Forgettable In Every Way

It had taken Janx far longer than anticipated to discover his protégé’s place of concealment in the tree line. While this filled him with a deep sense of pride, the fact she was out here at all summoned up dismay and regret as well. The obvious trap she’d set was, although easily avoidable, clearly unmistakable. Even after all this time, she’d not learned how to detach emotions from actions.

Sighing sadly, he withdrew from his pack a small device patterned to resemble an indigenous insect. Actuating the neural disruptor, he launched it downslope and watched as it pierced her molecular barrier, revealing her to be as lovely as he’d remembered.

Realizing the threat, she reached for it…scant seconds too late. As it discharged he had no doubt, while he would always have fond memories of her, all memory of him had been wiped entirely and irrevocably from her mind forever.

This story was written for the weekly Visual Dare flash fiction prompt: memory. As a personal challenge, I have been stringing the prompts from week to week into an ongoing story. This marks the 31st such and previous installments may be found here.


  1. Lovely work!
    I think it's often true in crimes of passion that the overwhelming emotions cause the criminal to telegraph his/her actions.

  2. This is really good. I wish there was really a machine that would be able to wipe memories away.

  3. The imagery in the first paragraph was fantastic, i love the sense of anticipation. I got a bit lost in the transition but Im sure reading previous installments will clarify :)