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Between gigs, he regretted his job. Sure, he was a celebrated artist, but the boredom of waiting for the next stage performance was tedious, and dark thoughts and criticism about his act always tormented him.

But calls for encore performances kept coming.

And nothing thrilled him more than donning his regalia and grasping the wooden neck of his rockin' axe -- or the lever for the trapdoor, depending on the show. Peeking through the slits in the fabric of his black hood, the executioner relished the reactions of both adoring fans and stiffest critics alike. He just wished it lasted longer.

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    Drew Martyn almost 8 years ago

    Love it. The realisation of his true job hits you hard. Nice one!

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    Chris Walker almost 8 years ago

    Good drabble.

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    Brandon Sutton almost 8 years ago

    I did something like this recently on this website, but I must say that this drabble is much better. In particular, I liked the twist ending. It is executed very well (no pun intended). Good job!

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    Horrorshow almost 8 years ago

    Excellent stuff, Mike.

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    Michael Cook almost 8 years ago

    Great drabble Mike.

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    Mike Arnzen almost 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone!

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    Patricia Lillie almost 8 years ago

    Love the twist, but I especially love the last line!

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    Bryan Thomas almost 8 years ago

    Nice one, Mike!

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    Horrorshow almost 8 years ago

    Drabble of the Week #25! Congrats, Mike! :-)

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    Patricia Lillie almost 8 years ago

    Drabble of the Week! Congratulations!

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    Mike Arnzen almost 8 years ago

    Right on. I'm honored by the "Drabble of the Week" nod for this 100 word story, and grateful for the many kind words here, too.

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    D.M. over 7 years ago

    Interesting title! It probably relates more to his victims than to him!

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