Doubts in the Night : Prosery

Edvard Munch, Separation

So, she’s become Night Hawk again. It’s scary how easily she’s slipped back into the role, an act of survival once. But she’d not been acting with Paul.

Yet, despite her skilled spy-craft, every trace of him seemed to have vanished like raindrops in arid ground. And what would she do if she discovered he had betrayed her? What would she do if she found anyone who had?

She considered Rachel, a survivor she’d met in Maine after the war. They’d become good friends, and though Rachel seemed content in the small fishing village, Julia knew she was tormented by night-terrors. She remembered when Rachel said: “No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. . .for when I meet one of those bastards again.”

But what would Night Hawk do? Julia’s not certain at all.

Continuing with my spy saga for dVerse and Lisa’s Prosery Prompt using this line by Zora Neale Hurston:
“No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” from “How Does it Feel to be Colored Me” in World Tomorrow (1928)

71 thoughts on “Doubts in the Night : Prosery

  1. I really like your stream of consciousness continuation of the spy story, Merril. Wonderful use of the prompt line. I like the idea of the Night Hawk persona.

  2. Ooh I absolutely love, love this! Especially the reference to; “for when I meet one of those bastards again,” .. ha! We all have a list with such people on them, don’t we 😉

  3. Love this! I also like how it’s sort of open ended, if she will or will not take that wisdom and use the knife as revenge. Decisions, decisions. I always enjoy reading your work, Merril. ❤

  4. Your spy saga, Bjorn’s aged librarian, and my Western epic–may they all continue, deepen, and enrich our readers. Had you referred to our MC as Night Hawk before? You rocked the prompt.

    • Thanks so much, Glenn! Unlike your western, which really goes in chapters, my spy story is sort of cobbled together, every time there’s a prosery prompt. 😀 but yes, I did refer to her a Night Hawk (with the Hopper image).

  5. I’m contextually out of things, but you’ve made an excellent bit of worldbuilding here regardless. This feels like an excerpt in the back of a book meant to draw me in – perhaps it will do indeed that.

    • Thank you. It’s a continuing story that I write for Prosery that came about by accident. I’ve no idea where it’s going, and I doubt that anything will come of it, except the fun of writing it and participating in the prompt. Maybe it will draw you in, maybe not. 😏

  6. I like how this plays out as a stream of consciousness thought. The 1st person telling just add to the mood set. No, I don’t think that oyster knife is going to be enough. Well done!

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