"The Hooded Man"

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic
This short story is a fable-styled piece of writing where the reader and the story in the character both learn real life lessons.

Submitted: July 27, 2011

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“The Hooded Man” by Garrett Pollock

As I was out wondering the woods pondering life and death a hooded man approached.


The man stopped just before me on the dirt path and whispered, “I will grant you three wishes should they be for just cause.”

After careful consideration I answered with my first wish.

“I wish that I could take back all the wrongs I may have done in the past and be forgiven by all my friends and family for any physical or emotional pain I may have caused.”

The hooded figure stood without response. I continued.

“For my second wish, I wish that I had the strength to carry on living with the knowledge that it was I who had done the hurting to good people who didn’t deserve it.”

The hooded figure stood without response.

“For my third and final wish, I wish that I could feel again, for my heart and mind have grown numb and I have nothing left to give.”

The hooded figure come as close to me as possible without actually touching and drew back his hood. I froze in fear as the eyes I met were my eyes. The face I saw was mine, staring back at me. He reached into my jacket pocket and pulled out my pistol and unloaded the single bullet I placed in the chamber. He held it out in the palm of his hand and then clenched it into his fist. Reopening his hand he held a butterfly.

Then his voice was also mine as he said one simple phrase, “You must make peace with yourself until life is beautiful again.”


As the butterfly fluttered and took off from his hand I closed my eyes as they began to tear. When I reopened them the hooded figure was gone.


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