This week’s words: Fade Human Dolorous (full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful) Elicit (to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke) Deaden Hibiscus Claw Downpour Irrelevant Fear Adversary Attrition (a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment: a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced. the act of rubbing against something; friction. a wearing down or away by friction; abrasion. Theology. imperfect contrition.
Harry ‘The Claw’ looked down on his victim, the hapless human, or excuse for one in Johnny ‘The Sniffler”.
The Sniffler was trussed up on the floor his hands tied, his legs tied, he was for the want of a better word, immobile.
Harry had caught Johnny in the act of pinching the boss’s hibiscus and if there was one thing his boss hated more than anything was anyone pinching his prized hibiscus.
Johnny was living up to his name as a sniffler as he had some inkling of what was in store for him.
From the ceiling Harry grabbed the long chain with the meat hook on the end. By now Johnny was beginning to utter the dolorous sounds of a man anticipating the approaching torture.
It was a fear he had heard about, one that he knew would do anything but fade but rather increase in intensity until he would be dead or wishing he was.
To deaden the sorrowful sounds coming from Johnny, Harry grabbed an old sock and stuffed it into his mouth. Harry was apologetic all the time saying it was nothing personal but that he was following the boss’s instructions and that in fact Harry thought Johnny was a half decent bloke.
It helped Harry thought that the sound of the rain on the roof also deadened the sound of the hapless Johnny now strung upside down in the middle of the room.
As Harry explained to Johnny it was a matter of attrition that the process they were engaged in was carried out as meticulously as possible so as to send the message to other likely hibiscus pilfers that this was the justice to be metered out. So in fact it was irrelevant that Johnny was the perpetrator as Harry’s instructions were to set an example.
The idea was that Harry would work upon Johnny and elicit as much pain and agony as possible, not enough to kill him as that would be just plain cruel. Johnny would then return home maybe a toe or two less, a finger nail a lot shorter than it was that morning and he would convey to all his friends that Harry was an adversary they would be best to avoid if they liked their digits to remain where they were intended.
The last thing Johnny remembered that night was the sound of Harry’s claw like fingers clicking as he flicked his switch blade open and shut.