A short story of exactly 200 words, prompted by the cover pic.
Cover pic: pixabay.com

The Heart Collector

He gathers them up, these damaged hearts. For some reason they are attracted towards him, perhaps sure of being at least in part, healed, mended. He is so kind, so considerate; no matter that no one else understands for HE does, and he is there for you.

Isn’t he? At least that is what he will say.

A ploy of course. He needs to build up that trust, that dependence, that love. Only when he knows that he has come to mean everything and more, will he plunge that knife of deception straight into your heart. Give it that fatal twist.

And then he will remove it. A heart desecrated, and soon to be dessicated. By no means the first. He’ll hang it up to dry out, the scars clear for him to see and celebrate, for what power he held to be able to deliver that final fatal blow.

Row upon row, he has of them, collected over the years. What becomes of the women, his victims? Heartless, broken, mere marionettes that go through the motions of being alive while dead inside. No more pain, but no more joy either. Just an empty void of nothingness, left betrayed, decayed.

Submitted: July 05, 2019

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Mike S.

Glad you let me know, Hull, excellent!

Fri, July 5th, 2019 6:25pm


Thanks for reading, Mike!

Fri, July 5th, 2019 11:28am

Vance Currie

I would say that he is a heartless beast, Hully, but that wouldn't be true. Ah, the monsters that lurk in that fertile brain of yours.

Fri, July 5th, 2019 9:41pm


Haha! Thanks, Joe!

Sat, July 6th, 2019 1:03pm

Derina Peng

I liked the color of the picture, but never noticed the holes on the hearts at first. When I looked at them again, I could understand why this story. Good job..

Sat, July 6th, 2019 7:38am


Thanks, Derina. I'm glad it made sense in the end.

Sat, July 6th, 2019 1:06pm

Sue Harris

Wow, chillingly excellent, Hully!

Sat, July 6th, 2019 10:08pm


Thank you, Sue.

Sun, July 7th, 2019 2:56am

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