Sunday, December 28, 2014

Laura James Week 131: A Lucky Life

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Laura James’s Picture Choice: Two

Title: A Lucky Life

Rachael wasn't sure when she became aware that she was special; untouchable. Her grandad had always hinted that she was destined for greatness, but even back then, no one could have predicted just what her life would become. On the most wanted list of every major government agency; FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, DRM, ASIO-every country knew her name, her face, her deeds. The world knew her and feared her, yet couldn't stop her.

No job was too large or small, no price too high or low - on occasion if the mood took her she had worked for free, just for the pleasure of watching the fires she had set. That was her signature. No matter the job, they all ended the same way - flames consuming a building or two. The only thing she hadn't yet done was kill, her work was her life and if she killed she would never be the same; her luck would leave her, of that she was certain.

Rachael watched as the flames tore through the railway station, stopping for nothing; no one. It was supposed to be empty as trains no longer followed the tracks, a simple insurance job, but amidst the crackling of burning timber, the odd scream could be heard; to those outside watching, those screams tore through their hearts, the realisation that life is short and not always predictable staying with them forever. Many homeless died that night, their only crime seeking shelter from the harsh weather, Rachael's crimes were much larger, murder had finally been added to her list of accomplishments.

She made it across the border into Canada with hardly a glance by security, despite her picture on every computer terminal. It seemed that killing hadn't affected Rachael as much as she thought it would - her conscious was clear, her luck still held.

The world was a harsh place, people and governments were always getting it wrong, with her new found belief in herself, Rachael could achieve more with her life. Her conscious having given her permission, she could now blaze her way across the world with no fear of retribution.


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Based in Dunfermline, Scotland, Laura is obsessed with all things horror and spends her time writing flash fiction which she hopes, on occasion, really scares her readers. Feel free to stalk her on twitter, @lejamez



  1. Despite Rachael's occupation, I really like her and hope she turns her skills to those who made her as she us. Could we see more of her in future escapades? X

  2. I feel this could be so much bigger at Lizzie said. You do pyromaniacs so well! ;)