One-Minute Wonder

They said murder was in her blood. The police and forensics confirmed this.

The court, while passing sentence, debated on around 20 cruel and unusual punishments. In the end, looking at her histrionics and the signatures she put on her victims, they decided she was a natural for television.

They found an isolated island and built a house for her and a large self-sustaining environment around it. There were cameras in the rocks and the trees. She never saw these. Nobody really thought she’d care if she did.

She lived and hunted here. Other, lesser criminals were made to volunteer and were then parachuted onto the island.

These victims gave beautiful, utterly natural shots. The look of terror on their faces as she circled around them, unseen. And then her eyes filled with anger and, at the best of times, utter glee as she tore into their flesh with her teeth.

It went wrong when they turned it into one of a series of nature shows about disturbed killers. She still stood out from the pack, but the viewers started to get saturated.

So, secretly, the producers helped her escape from the island, and then they got exclusive rights for their own news channel.

The show was turned from a daily reality series to a weekly showcase culled from news footage, but man was it a smash hit.


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  1. #1 by Vishal on January 18, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Yayness! So glad to see this on a blog!

  2. #2 by Niraj Shah on January 18, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    I hope that you are trying to post a story in parts rather than series of short stories.

    • #3 by Aditya Bidikar on January 18, 2010 - 3:51 pm

      It’s going to be a series of short stories. A new story everyday.

  3. #4 by Varun on January 18, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    This reminded me of Truman Show a little.

  4. #5 by vimoh on January 18, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    Awesome effort man! I have wanted to do something of this sort for some time now but never got around to it. Flash fiction FTW. Don’t ever make it a series. Flashfic is more suited to the blog format. In the long run, you can have the site readership skyrocket and then send the URL to publishers as incentive to make a book out of stuff here. Great potential. Good luck!

    • #6 by Aditya Bidikar on January 18, 2010 - 7:06 pm

      Thank you. This is going to be flash fiction. A new story everyday. No continuity between the stories.

  5. #7 by sanketuk on January 18, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    Truman Show meets Shutter Island meets Ed TV….good stuff

  6. #8 by Dr. Gonzo on January 19, 2010 - 12:26 am

    The closing sentence was perfect.

    I’m impressed!

  7. #9 by sumayya on January 20, 2010 - 9:23 am

    Like the bit about hunting :)

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