The Entertainment


Another photo prompt this week for the wonderful group of writers, who make up the Friday Fictioneers Family.  Mother Hen Rochelle Wisoff-Fields takes charge every week, posting the photo – this week courtesy of Adam Ickes – and urging us all to ‘write what we see’.  This is what I saw…

Copyright - Adam Ickes

Copyright – Adam Ickes

Genre: Horror

Word Count: 100

The Entertainment

Silence as the numbers are called. Nervous boys go to their allotted place, although challenged, no-one refuses. My number is called last. For one brief moment, as I join the other ninety-nine, I consider the challenge. My mother is ill and Mary’s pregnant, but The Glory will change everything, forever.

Outside, we line up shoulder to shoulder. The General reads the rules of ‘The Entertainment’.

You will walk until only one remains; to him will be awarded The Glory – anything he wants for the rest of his life.

Those who stop walking will be ‘removed’.

We walk.

The crowd roars.

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Inspired by ‘The Long Walk’ a novel by Stephen King – his first, published under a pseudonym Richard Bachman. Set in a future United State of America, the story tells of the annual event called The Long Walk.  On 1 May each year 100 teenage boys are drafted into taking part; the idea is that they all walk until there is only one left standing.The walking never stops. If anyone does stop they get a warning, three warnings and they are ‘ticketed’ which eventually you realise means they are shot. Read more about his novel here –  http://stephenking.wikia.com/wiki/The_Long_Walk

 

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63 thoughts on “The Entertainment

  1. What a lot of horror was since in this lovely photo!! I haven’t read that book but it sounds very Stephen King-ish. 🙂 I remember reading “Salem’s Lot” and not even wanting to walk outside in the dark.

    janet

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  2. that was frightening… and what’s frightening about it was how willing those young boys seemed and the circumstances that pushed them to join. great story.

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  3. I don’t think I’ve read SK’s story, but I liked yours. I’m not sure what “although challenged, no one refuses” means exactly – who is challenged? Otherwise you really had me feeling it though. I just hope the first person narrative means he goes on to win!

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    • Once they are chosen, the young men are challenged, to give up their place, to refuse to take part and stay safe, but no-one ever refuses as they are all driven by greed to take the prize.Sorry that wasn’t clear. Thank you for reading, it’s good to hear from you.

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    • Thanks Dawn. I started reading this when my boys were young and had to put it aside – the story of 100 young men taking The Long Walk is written with great skill and in a matter of fact way, but it’s the images created and the realisation of just why the boys are walking that I found very disturbing. Great to hear from you, love the hat!! X

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      • Thanks Dee… hat? That’s my hair. 😉 (NOT). I think it’s a fun photo, but my son says it’s terrible!

        Not sure I could read a book like that; I’m not a big terror fan. That said, King is such a great writer, it’s tempting. Your working of the tale is very solid, on its own merits. I enjoyed it without having read the other. 🙂

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      • I’m not a terror fan either, but I agree with you Stephen King is a great writer, I haven’t read his book on writing yet though a few people have recommended I do.
        I’m pleased you liked my story.
        Dee

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    • Thank you Karen.
      It is quite a horrible concept and I usually don’t think along those lines. Something about the photo reminded me of Stephen King’s story, not a genre I am comfortable reading as a rule.
      Dee

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    • Dear Rochelle
      It is surprising how many horror stories have been provoked by Adam’s lovely photograph – just shows how our minds work! I am not a fan of the genre, but managed to read The Long Walk eventually, though it took a few attempts.
      Thank you for reading
      Take care
      Dee

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  4. Good, well-written story. I hope that the U.S. never comes to that. I don’t read Stephen King’s books because they scare the dickens out of me. I do want to read his book on writing however because he’s one of the best.

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    • Thank you dear Helena, pleased that you liked it. It took me a few attempts to finish the book I have to admit, horror is not a genre I am comfortable with as a rule.
      Take care
      Dee

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  5. Another SK fan?Till I started this blog a year or so back,and reading other writers I never knew that I was not the only one crazy about him-I love his writing and I bought almost all his books 😀 Loved your story here Dee -it really gave me the creeps 🙂

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  6. i enjoyed reading your story…the idea of walking to win a prize. sounds easy enough (compared to the hard tasks from the Hunger Games) but i’m guessing the boys had no or very little sustenance given to them. that would up the challenge. i’ll have to check on the SK book..sounds like a good one. 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on 40again's Blog and commented:

    I’m grateful for the re-run this week and my thanks to Rochelle and Sandra. Things have been quite difficult the last few weeks, hopefully returning to something resembling normality. Thanks again to Adam Ickes for the photo.

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