“His Hands”


His hands intrigued me. Elegant, slender digits, nails nicely kept. Soft. No hard labor for him.

I watched as he gently caressed the puppy’s ears.

“Boss, what’s the word?” asked Eddie Marchetti.

“Kill the bastard,” he replied, continuing to caress the puppy.

Hands that never did their own dirty work.


This story of 50 words is written in response to the Daily Post Writing challenge to craft a story using just 50 words.

About Kate Loveton

Aspiring novelist. Avid reader of fiction. Reviewer of books. By day, my undercover identity is that of meek, mild-mannered legal assistant, Kate Loveton, working in the confines of a stuffy corporate law office; by night, however, I'm a super hero: Kate Loveton, Aspiring Novelist and Spinner of Tales. My favorite words are 'Once upon a time... ' Won't you join me on my journey as I attempt to turn a hobby into something more?
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  10. This is brilliant! An excellent example of how to tell a story in fifty words. You have a gift, my dear! 🙂

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  19. litadoolan says:

    Good use of hands to bring out the drama. Clever work.

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  21. smilempsn says:

    Aahh.. That short and soo deep story..!! Nice..
    Loved it.!!

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  25. M. Lev says:

    I loved this! Sounds like a lot of lawyers I know! I wonder from whence you drew your inspiration??? 🙂

    • Kate Loveton says:

      Well, I must admit, I didn’t have lawyers in mind… but, hey, why not? I suppose one could want to ‘kill’ a guy in the non-literal sense – you know, at the negotiation table or in a court room.

      Glad you enjoyed the story!

  26. topazo says:

    beautiful story!

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  28. stacilys says:

    Oooooohhhhh, sounds mafia-like.

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  30. Harliqueen says:

    This was awesome 😀

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  33. sandradan1 says:

    Love this Kate, and thx for the RT’s too! 🙂 SD

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