Beatin’ Feet

Posted: September 23, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers
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“Beat feet, beat feet, get outta’ town.” J.L. taps his fingers to the rhythm in his head.
Blinding headlights – coming and going. Lost his glasses in the fight.
Damn Loretta. Gotten herself pregnant. Swore J.L.’s the father. Freakin’ liar that Loretta.

Sirens. One foot on the gas. Other on the brake. “Beat feet.”
Swerve ’round the truck. Squeal between V.W. and S.U.V.
Over the center line. Back. Man his head hurt where she’d hit him.
Fixed her for that. Oh yeah.

“Beatin’ feet.” Wham! Screeching metal. Exploding glass.
Loretta flies through the windshield.
No worries, she’d been dead long before J.L. got outta’ town.


  1. Dear Alicia,

    First, I’ve missed you!!! Second, awesome verse. Third, I hope JK realizes that an ME is going to figure out that the accident occurred postmortem. 😉 Stellar and great to see you back here



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    • Thanks, Rochelle! Glad to be back. I’d written a whole ditty about my recent road trip on some version of Beatin’ Feet, must have been one I didn’t publish. I appreciate your kind words. (I don’t think J.L. is smart enough to know much of anything. Shoots from the hip.) Alicia


  2. Sandra says:

    Back with a vengeance hey? 🙂 Savage and frenzied – well done.


  3. Oh.. what an awesome piece.. really like that beat, like a death-drum.

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  4. draliman says:

    Very dark. I loved the way you gave us the back story during the story, and the “beat” throughout. He sounds like a real nasty piece of work.

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  5. You realize he is running from something and in the end you find out what. Good description of a low life guy trying to make his getaway.

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  6. plaridel says:

    what a great yarn! and welcome back!

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  7. micklively says:

    Good piece.

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  8. What a great story, I really like the style.

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  9. Oh… didn’t expect that! Nice tension here. I like it!

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  10. gahlearner says:

    Wow, you return with a vengeance. I love the beat, it drives the story.

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  11. Dale says:

    Too bad it wasn’t him who flew through the glass…

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  12. Margaret says:

    Now that’s a story with impact. Great energy and pace. Well told.


  13. Thanks, Margaret. I appreciate your comments.


  14. helenmidgley says:

    I loved the ‘beat’ 🙂

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  15. Wow! Low life lit extraordinaire. I can smell the cheap likker, the stale air of the trailer, unwashed dishes, and JL’s long stretch in prison. A trophy piece.

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  16. mjlstories says:

    Love the frenzied style of this!


  17. I was breathless from the cadence of this piece.

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  18. They got him, unless he’s dead too, which wouldn’t be so bad! Well done!

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  19. rgayer55 says:

    I wonder what little tune he’ll have in his head while in prison? “Drop the soap, don’t pick it up, baby . . . .”

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  20. Amy Reese says:

    Great beat to this. I wanted to say it out loud while I read it. I hope he gets his due. Well done, Alicia. Great to see you again!


  21. wildbilbo says:

    Awesome 🙂
    Loved this, inside the guys head, the final reveal…nice work.

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  22. hafong says:

    A lot of hate in the beat! And the beat goes on. Can’t get it outta my head. Eeek!


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  23. Sumana Roy says:

    this karma will get him in the end surely…an awesome write…


  24. Ula says:

    I like the rhythm of this piece.

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  25. rogershipp says:

    Loved how ‘the drive’ of the piece kept the piece going! Well done!


  26. I love your style. That murdering so-and-so sounds high on Meths. That beat is relentless.

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  27. jwdwrites says:

    What about JL? did he get his comeuppance? I hope so. 🙂


  28. Welcome back, Alicia. Great story. Looks like part of him was gone before the accident. Putting his dead girlfirend in the car beside him means his mind was not completely present. Great rhythm. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


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