PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

Even now, he still heard the voice. He’d be somewhere—say at a party—having a wicked-good time and it would come, saying things like “The wrong things seem right at the time” or “Say you’re sorry, but you’ve got to go.”

Damn voice. He should have exterminated that thing long ago. What was the point in living large—being real—if you had to answer to a conscience?

He pressed a hand around the woman’s waist and urged her off his lap. “I need to take care of something,” he said.

He lifted the fly swatter and headed outside.

100 words

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  1. I love the idea of a conscience as an insect

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    1. You might unless it’s always chirping at you 😉 Thanks for reading Neil.

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  2. Love this. When I watched that movie, I wondered why Lampwick didn’t crush the little smart alec.

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    1. Conscience is easily killed. 😉 It was a wonder he survived this long.

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  3. I guess he’ll soon be back conscience-free.

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    1. Afraid so. Thanks for reading drailman 🙂

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  4. Poor thing. He won’t see that coming.
    Good take on the prompt.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and commenting!


  5. Ha, excellent take. Hopefully it takes more than a flyswatter to silence his conscience.

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    1. Ha Jiminy may be fast! Thanks for reading.

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  6. Perhaps he’ll be sorry in the end.

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  7. I wish consciences were as easy to deal with, Karen. Good one.

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  8. Dear Karen,

    I wonder if a mere swatter will take care of that cricket? Well done.



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  9. Off to swat his conscience or will his conscience get the better of him and stop him?

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    1. You make a good point–for Jiminy’s sake, I hope so. Thanks for reading.


  10. I wonder… this could be for real, or maybe just a mental illness… voices are disturbing.

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    1. If Disney’s Pinocchio is to be believed, conscience may take the form of a tophat-wearing cricket. At least if you’re a wooden-boy-turned-man. Thanks for reading!


  11. “being real” – nice!

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  12. LOL, now I am imagining him running around with that fly swatter. Enjoyed your story very much.

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  13. gahlearner

    What an interesting concept. I hope his conscience can stop him.


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