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“He’s one of them leftover inbreeders from the Federal raid back in ‘28. Sorry little bastard. Spends all day like that, huddled up in the corner pissing his pants. Ugly fuck, if you‘d pardon my French, Sir.”

The orderly invited Mr. Olmstead to peer into the squalid cell through the reinforced window so that he could appraise the former Innsmouth resident himself. Olmstead was satisfied. Taking out a steel wire garrotte, he skilfully wrapped the deadly cord around the orderly’s throat and throttled him to death.

“Come on out, Mr. Sargent”, croaked Olmstead. “I have come to take you home”.

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    Drew Martyn about 5 years ago

    Nice one, a horrific nice ending.

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    Horrorshow about 5 years ago

    Thank you, Drew. :-)

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    Chris Walker about 5 years ago

    Haha - good one!

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    Horrorshow about 5 years ago

    Cheers, Chris. :-)

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    Brandon Sutton about 5 years ago

    I don't know why, but the ending really caught me off guard. Nice job!

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    Horrorshow about 5 years ago

    I appreciate the kind words, Brandon. :-)

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    Bryan Thomas about 5 years ago

    Good drabble!

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    Horrorshow about 5 years ago

    Thank you Bryan! :-)

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    Kimberly about 5 years ago

    This is what it feels like to be rescued. No one ever thinks about the practical side of it.....nice drabble.

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    Horrorshow about 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Kimberly! :-)

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    Jonathan Mills about 5 years ago

    This is a reference to Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth"? Think that adds a certain significance to the use of the word "croaked" in the last line people might miss if they hadn't read that. Nice job.

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    Horrorshow about 5 years ago

    Thank you, Jonathan. Good spot! I'm very fond of Lovecraft's stories and this drabble certainly does pay tribute to, "The Shadow over Innsmouth", one of the most important tales from the Cthulhu Mythos.

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    Jonathan Mills about 5 years ago

    Thought so - hopefully your stories will convince some people who haven't read that wonderfully atmospheric and gloomy tale to give it a try.

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    Josh Peters almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic as usual Horrorshow.

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    Horrorshow almost 5 years ago

    You're too kind, Josh. Thank you for the lovely comment. :-)

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    Jonathan Mills almost 5 years ago

    Should probably add this to the Lovecraftian tag if you get a chance.

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