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)
I’m thinking she’s going to need more than an oyster knife…
I think you’re right, but you can probably hide the oyster knife. 😔
True enough 🙂
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.
Thank you very much, Lisa. 😀
You’re most welcome 🙂
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 😉
Thank you so much, Sanaa. I imagine someone who went through something horrific would definitely have such a list!
Ohhhh I love a good spy story! You’ve used the line so well here, Merril. Realy enjoyed this one!
Thank you so much, Lillian!
OMG! the knife turned in this one
Happy Monday. Thank you for dropping by to read mine
Thank you so much, Gillena! Happy Monday to you, too.
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. ❤
That is so very kind, Lucy! Thank you! 💙
I have no idea where this story is going, if anywhere, so it’s definitely open-ended.
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).
This is incredibly fun, Merril. I really love your spy series – seriously ❤ ❤ ❤
That is very kind, David. Thank you so much! 💙
Nicely done, Merril. You have me wondering about Night Hawk now!
Thank you so much, Jill!
That’s a good thing. 😀
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. 😏
There’s darkness in your piece. People suffer and you have shown us that.
Yes, that’s very true. Thank you.
Keeps getting better and better … more please.
Aww–that’s very kind, Helen. Thank you!
The saga continues! Some interesting characters to follow and the line works well here!
Thank you so much, Tricia! I appreciate that.
I’m smiling at your use of the prompt 🙂 intrigued to find out what Night Hawk does next…
Thank you so much, Ingrid. She does have a rather fierce-sounding alias, doesn’t she?
oooooooh. I want to know more, Merril. Especially if that oyster knife was enough!
Thank you so much! I have no idea. 🤣
Always more questions, more uncertainty. Great atmosphere, as always. And I love the painting. (K)
Thank you so much, Kerfe. I have no idea where this story is going, so I’ll just keep spinning it out. 😀
You keep it interesting.
Always a cliffhanger to keep things going. I love this segment and the whole story keeps me interested, all right!
Thank you so much, Claudia! I’m so pleased you are enjoying the series and liked the segment.
I hope for more. These characters have really grown on me.
That’s wonderful! Thanks. I imagine there will be more for the next prosery prompt–which hmmm–could be mine.
Well, I think we have our answer!
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!
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment!
No, she might need a backup weapon. 😏
A fine continuation incorporation the prompt sentence
Thank you so much.
I love that you find a way to continue your spy story! That oyster knife better be sharper than they usually are…
Thank you so much. Yes, well, she was probably trained and knows how to work with less. 😏
Oh, I have zero doubt 😉
Oh I love a good spy story!
I was so excited to see another installment in the spy story!!
Thank you! I’m so pleased that you were. 😀
You’re welcome! I look forward to the next one. (No pressure. 😉 )
You’re welcome- love your spies! ❤️
This is fab!!!!
Thanks so much, Freya!