Love Hound

 Here I go again, participating in the AW Monthly Blog Chain. This month’s theme is relationships: show a character’s approach to relationships in a short scene. The following is a 700-word piece of flash fiction that, I think, fits the prompt perfectly. It’s been sitting on my hard drive for quite a while and I thought it was time it saw the light of day. Please click the links below the story to see how other writers tackled the challenge.

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Love Hound

Everybody told me that becoming pen pals with a dude serving life for killing two was a bad idea. Boy, were they ever wrong.

Nearly every day I get a letter – a long, long letter – telling me how wonderful I am, describing the dates he’d take me on, the gifts he’d buy me, the places he’d kiss me if he only could, the things he’d do to me if I let him. I tell ya – my love life has never been better.

Sometimes the letters get a little, well, overenthusiastic.  I probably shouldn’t have sent those pics of me. They weren’t terribly appropriate, I have to admit, but the poor man is all alone and needed something to keep him warm at night, hee hee.

He wasn’t always so devoted. He wrote to me once suggesting I cool it, ‘cos I was giving him ideas that he shouldn’t, making him want things that he could never have. That’s when I sent the pics and he hasn’t missed a day since. I send him a new one every now and then, just to make sure he doesn’t get tempted to tell me to “cool it” again.

I don’t care what he did before – the thing that got him in prison. He’s different now, he’s changed. Now he thinks only of me and I write him every day to tell him how much he means to me. He’ll never get out; he’s lucky not to be on death row and he knows it.

I am kind of glad he’s in maximum security. I mean, I enjoy those letters, but I don’t think I’d actually enjoy doing the things that he writes about. It’s fun in a letter in a kinky sort of way, but he does have some strange ideas about relationships. I really don’t know if I’d enjoy being tied up and some of the things he’d like to do to me sound a little painful.

Those letters, though. I don’t think I can give them up. Do you know what it’s like to be the center of someone’s life? The only thing they think about and dream about, the only reason for living? It’s pretty addictive, I can tell you. My only worry is that he’ll stop writing.

He tried to once. He said I was driving him insane with the pictures and the letters and the descriptions of what I’d like to do to him. He said all he could think of was the next letter and his fear that either I would stop or he would do something he would regret. I reassured him with the best pic ever! It was a view of me that he’d never seen before and, just as I predicted, it help him cope with the fact that we will never, ever be together.

Oh, how I love those letters from him! I have his latest one right here in my hands. He has the cutest handwriting, like a child’s. Opening it, my hands tremble. What will he want to do to me this time, I wonder? How badly does he need me? How perfect and desirable am I? Smoothing out the pages, I start to read. He’s as clumsy and eloquent as always.

He’s going to have another parole hearing. He’s had a few before but, of course, they’ll never let him out. He sounds kind of hopeful, though. I like to think it’s me that gives him hope. Look, right here he says that we will be together some day. That he’d rather die in a hail of bullets than never get to taste me. He’s so romantic, isn’t he? Oh, and see here. He actually went to the trouble of looking up my hometown on a map in the prison library. How adorable!

It’s such a lovely letter that I think he deserves another pic. And this one will really be the best one ever. This one will completely blow his mind and give him something to think about on those lonely, lonely nights, tossing and turning on his bunk, dreaming of me.

Poor guy. I almost feel sorry for him.

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21 Responses to Love Hound

  1. Dale Long says:

    Ohhh… things aren’t going to end well. Nope not at all. All the creep factor without the creep.

  2. OMG, this bit: “He actually went to the trouble of looking up my hometown on a map in the prison library. How adorable!” was the crowning achievement of the whole piece, and had me howling. Loved it, and especially that you didn’t tell us whether or not he got out, even though the narrator was obviously convinced he never would.

  3. ralfast says:

    Creepy Guy + Deluded Girl = T.R.O.U.B.L.E.


  4. Aimee Laine says:

    O.M.G. She’s so totally gonna get killed. <– I have turned into a love-starved teenager here. 😉 That was really powerful. Could completely feel her naiveté and even his own anger/determination/passion coming through. Well done!

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  6. Oh man, that was creepy to start with, and it just got better (worse?) from there. Well done!

  7. Wow! I love how you gave us the scope of the relationship without any dialog. And I loved the last paragraph on how he looked up her home town and the parole hearing. I think she may be a little delusional. Hope she has a plan in case he ever does get out!

    Nice job!

  8. alexp01 says:

    Brilliant flash. We get all the information we need to decide for ourselves just how badly this is going to end for that poor girl and her poor lifer. I’d almost urge you not to write any more, for that very reason!

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  10. Katherine Gilraine says:

    You know, on one hand, I would think, “Naive girl, and she’s doing something serious dumb.”

    But the last line tells volumes. I think that 1. this is no naive girl and 2. she knows exactly what she’s doing. How do I know she doesn’t know this guy? She has way, way too sharp an insight into his reactions, and someone who “almost” feels sorry for someone…never even comes close. Fess up, what’s the rest of it?? 🙂

  11. Della Odell says:

    Love it! I think they both deserve each other in some sick way. She’s not a naive, love-starved woman looking for affection from an inmate. She’s more of a power hunger vixen that gets her jollies on being the center of attention and gets a power trip on being able to control/enrapture this man. At least that’s my take on it. The ending leaves it to the readers imagination and I think there are many directions this could take. Awesome job! 😀

  12. Ariel says:

    SHE is gonna get it bad. Fun passage, and of course packed with intensity.

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