That cruel smiley face I knew from somewhere. And then it sunk in with certainty: I’d seen it from under the pile of bodies, in that pestilential place of ethnic cleansing, in Bosnia.

– James Steerforth (© 2012)

The task at Trifecta was to write a horror story in 33 words (without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun or kill).

This was somewhat inspired by Oliver Stone’s 1998 movie Savior, which is about the atrocity of the civil war in Bosnia.


About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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6 Responses to Terminator

  1. Very different from the other entries. Awful imagery. (shudder)

  2. JannatWrites says:

    I never saw the movie, but the scene is disturbing. Nice job.

  3. basinah says:

    Having had loved ones who were “peacekeepers” there, this evokes much. Well done.

  4. colonialist says:

    This certainly hits the panic button.

  5. Very effective, James. I have not seen that Oliver Stone film; will definitely add to my Netflix queue. The smiley face, what a place to use it – chilling! Amy
    Here’s mine: http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/03/30/1955-trifecta-disturbing-photo-included/

  6. Thanks so much for linking up with Trifecta this week. Hope to see you back on Monday (10 am Eastern) for the new prompt and some exciting news about the changes Trifecta is making to spread the word about our writing community.

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