And, shall we say… proclivities

d’Verse prosery

“Ezekiel, we’ve assigned eight of our best to the transport, and the prisoner will be securely restrained and blindfolded. They’ve been briefed on Elijah’s history and, shall we say… proclivities. We’ve ordered them to keep their distance. So, if all do their duty, they need not fear harm. Nobody could possibly escape those shackles!”

“Great, Major. Seems you won’t be needing me then. So, I’ll just…”

“Sit down, Sergeant. We’re assigning you to the transport.”

“No. Forget it!”

“Now, Ezee, we know that nobody knows Elijah like you do. Sergeant… We need you on this one. Once he’s locked safely away at ADX Florence, Chief says you’ll make Lieutenant. We just can’t take any chances is all…”

“Major, put me on that transport with a gun, and it won’t be Elijah you should be worrying about because I’m gonna blow the bastard’s brains out.”


The prompt

d’Verse prosery is flash fiction with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of the author’s choice, no longer than 144 words. This very short piece of prose must include an assigned line from a poem, within the 144 word limit. Writers may change the punctuation of the assigned line, but they may not insert words within the quotation.

The assigned quotation was:

So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.

-from William Blake’s poem ‘The Chimney Sweeper

50 thoughts on “And, shall we say… proclivities”

  1. This is brilliantly done! 😀 Now I too am wondering exactly what Elijah’s ‘proclivities’ are.

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