Living in the Concrete Jungle

September 2, 2020 at 10:03 am 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 4 September 2020

C.E. Ayr
Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr

 
When Annie left the family farm to seek a new life in the city, it didn’t take long for reality to set in. She found the transition from living on land to living in the concrete jungle extremely harsh.

Unable to find a stable job, Annie ended up working for tricks alongside a street with buildings so tall she could hardly see the sky.

After meeting a john, she would lead him to a dark alley to consummate the deal. She would then pull a knife and slash his throat as she would a goat and take his wallet away.

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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  September 2, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Not sure she can survive forever with that plan, but it’ll keep her going until she thinks of something better.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  September 2, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      iain:

      i’m afraid her luck will run out soon.

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  September 2, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    That may not the best marketing decision for her

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 2, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      neil:

      you’re right on the money. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Dora  |  September 2, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Shades of Jack the Ripper.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 2, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      dora:

      come to think of it, it really does.

      Reply
  • 7. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  September 2, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    “As she would a goat” This is cracking stuff, really great

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  September 2, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      shrawley:

      i used the word “goat” in this context sarcastically.

      Reply
      • 9. theministryofshrawleywalks  |  September 2, 2020 at 10:41 pm

        I know, it’s a wonderful turn of phrase, I like it fits perfectly

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        • 10. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:30 am

          shrawley:

          i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

          Reply
  • 11. msjadeli  |  September 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Plaridel, your story made my scalp tingle. Shocking twist! Whatever it takes to survive and definitely see the similarity between johns and goats.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  September 2, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      msjadeli:

      it must be because when i started to write, i didn’t have any idea what to write about. 🙂

      Reply
  • 14. J.A. Prentice  |  September 2, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    That’s one way to make money. An interesting character.

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    • 15. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:31 am

      j. a. prentice:

      only for a while. crime doesn’t pay in the emd.

      Reply
  • 16. Tannille  |  September 2, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    A female Jack the Ripper – I like it. Wonder if she was a bit psycho on the farm?

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    • 17. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:30 am

      tannille:

      she might have been. 🙂

      Reply
  • 18. Keith's Ramblings  |  September 3, 2020 at 3:23 am

    A grisly tale chillingly written. Nice one plaridel.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:29 am

      keith:

      thanks for reading. once in a while, i come with this silly story.

      Reply
  • 20. justjoyfulness  |  September 3, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Gosh! Why did she have to kill the john? Your mind took a dark turn on this one.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:29 am

      justjoyfulness:

      i think she had lost her mind.

      Reply
  • 22. rochellewisoff  |  September 3, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    That story took a grisly turn. I don’t foresee much of a future for Annie.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 23. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:29 am

      rochelle:

      i’m afraid the long arm of the law would soon catch up with her.

      Reply
  • 24. pennygadd51  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Nice period detail. I suppose a farm girl of that era would have little compunction about killing a goat – so why not a John?

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    • 25. plaridel  |  September 3, 2020 at 8:31 am

      penny:

      growing up in the farm where they raised goats for a living, i’d say slashing throats had become second nature to her.

      Reply
  • 26. Bill  |  September 3, 2020 at 10:37 am

    And that’s that! Chilling but well told.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  September 4, 2020 at 7:51 am

      bill:

      i appreciated the comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 28. Sue  |  September 3, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Oh! Looks like Annie may be a concrete jungle serial killer with those skills she learned on the farm🤗

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    • 29. plaridel  |  September 4, 2020 at 7:51 am

      sue:

      i totally agree. 🙂

      Reply
  • 30. Dale  |  September 3, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    What a horrible way of living. I would like to think she makes enough to change her story but I fear not… Well done, Plaridel

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    • 31. plaridel  |  September 4, 2020 at 7:51 am

      dale:

      i’m afraid nothing can stop her now until she gets caught.

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      • 32. Dale  |  September 4, 2020 at 7:51 am

        I fear you are right.

        Reply
  • 33. draliman  |  September 4, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Yeek! That’s how they roll in the country. Obviously transferable skills.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  September 4, 2020 at 7:51 am

      draliman:

      once you get used to it, it becomes second nature.

      Reply
  • 35. Fatima Fakier  |  September 4, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Unfortunately, this is the reality for many. And it seems she is going from bad to worse.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  September 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      fatima:

      I’m afraid you’re right. she’s doomed to perdition.

      Reply
  • 37. Mike  |  September 4, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    She is heading for serious trouble, I felt an element of historical menace in this story. As if it was written far in the future, as if sci fi

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    • 38. plaridel  |  September 6, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      mike:

      the die is cast.

      Reply
  • 39. granonine  |  September 5, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Do we have a reverse of the Jack the Ripper here? She’ll be caught eventually. Or killed. Not a good way to live.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  September 6, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      linda:

      she can be called jacqueline the reaper indeed.

      Reply
  • 41. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  September 6, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    I think a farm girl would know how to do it… at least the john got something before he died.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  September 6, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      bjorn:

      you can call her a natural indeed. 🙂

      Reply

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