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The Hitman & The Reaper

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A short story based around a hitman reliving his most memorable kills.

Synopsis

THE HITMAN & THE REAPER:
The grim reaper visits an old friend, a hitman, the greatest assassin in existence, to warn him of his impending doom. What follows is the first story of The Shady File. This is an action packed story, full of death, violence and gore, which takes place in an exotic, futuristic world. This is not a tale for squeamish humans, and anybody who is not yet a legal adult should read this work at the discretion of their guardians. You have been warned. Proceed with caution. And, welcome, to the Shady File.

THE SHADY FILE:
The Shady File is a collection of stories, some of which are action packed, full of violence and gore, while others are tense and suspenseful. Some may even be emotional stories that deal with different types of relationships. The genre of each story can, therefore, vary. However, each story, is, in its own way, grim, dark, horrifying and demented. The Shady File is so named because of the nature of the characters found within these stories. None of them are entirely innocent, and all of them are, at the very least, a little guilty of one sin or another.

The Hitman and The Reaper is the first released part of a short story collection, The Shady Files, by 100lick. We follow an unnamed hitman as he meets an old friend, the grim reaper. Having previously promised the grim reaper five stories the hitman entertains him as they take a walk through the night. The only request is that they resolve around victims, blood, and death.


The hitman tells the reaper five of his most memorable kills, from his first to his most challenging. The five stories may be short but they are all memorable, although not always in a positive way. One glaring example is the overused gay villain cliche that just doesn't work in a modern story.


The first couple of chapters didn't grab my attention, with a lot of unnecessary and badly written descriptions of everything, from a table to the horse's armor. Furthermore, the conversation between two 'old friends' didn't come across as comfortable, and it could do with an editor's eye across the story.


I am thoroughly intrigued by the idea behind this story and would be interested to read it should there be a rewrite to address the above issues. The ending is left ambiguous, which I think could work very well in a more cohesive story.


As this short story is based around a hitman reliving his kills, it is unsurprisingly marked as containing explicit content. Despite this, much of the explicit content is more hinted at than expressly described. As such I would suggest using your discretion, but not to avoid this short story if you tend to not enjoy graphic content, either of a sexual or violent nature.


As this will be a collection of short stories I would give any future installments of The Shady Files a try if the concept sounds entertaining.

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Hi, I'm a small book reviewer through my blog, instagram and goodreads. I enjoy and will try any genre (althoguh I don't generally pick up romance), and am currently looking to broaden the book's I'm reading: more by AOC, translated works, LGTBQ+ authors, and self-published/small authors.

Synopsis

THE HITMAN & THE REAPER:
The grim reaper visits an old friend, a hitman, the greatest assassin in existence, to warn him of his impending doom. What follows is the first story of The Shady File. This is an action packed story, full of death, violence and gore, which takes place in an exotic, futuristic world. This is not a tale for squeamish humans, and anybody who is not yet a legal adult should read this work at the discretion of their guardians. You have been warned. Proceed with caution. And, welcome, to the Shady File.

THE SHADY FILE:
The Shady File is a collection of stories, some of which are action packed, full of violence and gore, while others are tense and suspenseful. Some may even be emotional stories that deal with different types of relationships. The genre of each story can, therefore, vary. However, each story, is, in its own way, grim, dark, horrifying and demented. The Shady File is so named because of the nature of the characters found within these stories. None of them are entirely innocent, and all of them are, at the very least, a little guilty of one sin or another.

Chapter 1

“There you are. Finally!” the hitman exclaimed, as he focused his binoculars on the bright red bird in the distance. He had been spending every evening of the last few months sitting completely still on the largest balcony of his mountain side mansion, hoping to catch a glimpse of this particularly rare species. He’d managed to find, and observe, every other type of bird his mountain home had to offer, and thus, this little red bird was the last one left on the checklist he had created for himself.

The hitman observed the bird for a few minutes, appreciating the rich hues of its feathers, admiring the bird’s curved beak and brightly colored feet, and the sharpness of its talons. He put away his binoculars, and grabbed his camera, and replaced its wide angle lens with the best parfocal lens he had. He took his time and focused on the bird, and managed to snap enough pictures to satisfy himself, and satiate his ego, before the bird flew off.

“Goodbye, little thing,” he said, smiling as he watched the bird head in the direction of the slum city that lay far below him, at the base of the mountain.

The hitman carefully put his binoculars and camera back into the round cabinet that came out of the floor, and sat down on one of the couches on his balcony.

“Pop it, Robson,” the hitman said, after pressing one of the intercom buttons on the intricately carved, red and green, hexagonal, crystal table that was placed in front of the couch.

A robotic butler soon appeared from within the mansion, hovering a few inches above the floor as it made its way to the hitman, carrying an ice bucket that contained a bottle of champagne in its left hand, and a long, slender, black, yet oddly transparent, crystal horn in the other.

“Is the temperature of the bottle to your satisfaction, Sir?” the machine asked, presenting the champagne bottle to the hitman, after it had carefully set the bucket and horn on the table. The horn began to levitate as soon as it was set on the table.

“Yes. It is fine, Robson. Now leave the bucket’s temperature controls alone. And go ahead. You have my permission,” the hitman replied, after giving the bottle a quick check.

The hitman watched as the robot flawlessly opened the champagne bottle and poured the liquid within into the horn, without disturbing it, and without spilling a single drop.

“Cheers, Robson!” the hitman said, as he downed the entire horn in one gulp.

“Cheers, Sir!” Robson replied. “And congratulations on finally sighting the bird you have been waiting for all these months!”

“Thank you, Robson,” the hitman replied, motioning the machine to pour him another horn of the dark gold liquid he so enjoyed consuming.

The hitman grabbed the bottle once he had finished his second horn of champagne. He motioned for his butler to leave him alone, and then walked back to the edge of the balcony, and leaned over its railing. He stood there for the next few hours, listening to the sounds the mountain made, watching its multicolored trees carefully. The sun soon began to set, and the hitman watched as the darkness brought fog with it.

Once the fog had settled, the hitman grabbed his binoculars again, and began tracking the trees that were higher up in the mountain. Soon enough, just as he had expected, a few parts of some of the trees began to glow. The hitman zoomed in on them, and focused his binoculars, until he could clearly see the birds that were responsible for the effect. They were much larger than the red bird he’d seen earlier, and much more hideous. However, their beaks, which were straight and long, glowed in the darkness, for some reason unknown to him. He didn’t know why it fascinated him so much, but looking at them every night never got old. In fact, it was rather calming.

A sudden blue flash of light caught the hitman by surprise. He didn’t notice it the first few times, his binoculars were focused elsewhere then, but eventually, the binocular’s viewfinders met the blue light, and startled the eyes that looked at the mountain through them.

“It can’t be…” the hitman muttered, as he began to look for the source of the blue light that was so familiar to him.

“So… it is you… old friend…” the hitman said, as he finally found the glowing wing tips that the light emanated from.

About the author

100LICK is a unique brand, unlike any other. It is also the pseudonym I write under. 100LICK is also a puzzle, one that you must solve. Within its logo lie the clues that will lead you to the answer. As for who I am... Well, that shall remain a mystery for now. Why? You ask. Why not? I answer. view profile

Published on December 22, 2019

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20000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Action & Adventure

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