The Fading Star

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic

Are you ready for this? I do not wish to wreck the very essence of talent shows.

Judge #1: Paula Simon

Judge #2: Agatha Prescott

Judge #3: Ioan Llandoff

Judge #4: Peter Dahl

Three of them eliminated – each filled with mediocrity. I was unimpressed by their last performances. I could not believe they were unwilling to give their all even though their lives depended on it. Such a shame, really, but mediocrity was just not in my vocabulary. It will never be. Only one of them left. Save the best for last, they always say. Why, might you ask? This one’s just special – the “brilliant” Agatha Prescott.

“You don’t have what it takes, Cindy. Your act is just not good enough. You should have considered performing like it was your last. It’s just NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Quite frankly, it sucked! I’m sorry, I’m gonna have to say no.”

These words haunted me for a very long time. I hated myself. I bottled my anger until I was ready to explode. She must be eliminated.

****

“You should hire a personal henchman, Agatha,” Jason, her manager, said.

“Nonsense! Come on, Jason, don’t overreact!”

“Overreact? Paula, Peter, and Ioan are 6 feet below the ground! Even an idiot could tell that someone out there will not rest until you join them,” he added.

“All due respect, Jason! I am not going to live in fear just because some maniac has nothing better to do with his life! And for the record, I am not scared of this lunatic. Let him come!” Agatha sneered, although she sounded like she was trying to convince herself that no harm shall come to her.

Jason Cullough shook his head. There was just no way to change her mind the moment she makes it up. She was just so darn stubborn.

“Well, just watch your back, alright? I am very concerned.”

“Don’t worry too much, hun. I got a black belt in karate! Hiyaaa!” she said, posing like Bruce Lee, ready to pounce.

****

The stage was set for the main event. I had tested all the equipment – everything was going according to plan. Perfect, just the way I liked it. I picked up the best dress for the occasion, and I was literally dressed to kill. There was only one missing ingredient: my main star, Agatha.

****

Agatha had a feeling she was being followed. Maybe what Jason said stirred her nerves a little bit, making her look over her shoulders a few times. She should have taken up his offer. She was also feeling a bit tipsy, which didn’t really help. She regretted not accepting Chad’s offer to take her home after a few drinks. It was also quite dark at the parking lot. She kicked herself a few times for parking her car at the farthest corner. She looked around. No one was there. She tried to shake off the fear that was building up, but she was unsuccessful. She tried to pick up her pace, almost shuffling.

She finally reached her car, and she let out a big sigh of relief. Then suddenly, she felt a hand touch her left shoulder. “What the hell!” she said, startled. She turned around and saw a familiar face. “Oh, it’s just you,” said Agatha, feeling eased. She smiled briefly, then her blue eyes widened with disbelief. She didn’t see this coming. Everything went black.

****

Agatha woke up muddled. She saw the mark on her thigh where the Taser had come into contact with her skin. Her head was throbbing from the cocktails she had earlier, but that was the least of her concerns. Where am I? She tried to focus on what was out there, but all she could see was a blanket of darkness. She blinked several times, but she could not figure out where she was. Suddenly, a voice came from somewhere. “Ah, she awakens! It’s Showtime!”

The spotlight was now focused on Agatha, blinding her. The last thing she heard was her captor’s evil laughter.


Submitted: November 12, 2015

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Orsen Cleary

Great vocabulary!! You should write another part to this.

Thu, November 12th, 2015 4:04pm

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I intended to leave it hanging like that. I actually found my original story, unfinished, while trying to clear my place as I will be moving elsewhere. :)

Thu, November 12th, 2015 8:15am

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