Drabble: Nudge – by Anna Salonen

by specklit

Everybody’s got a death wish.

You know that little voice that nudges you over the edge?

That’s me.

The tired mother who is driving home with two squabbling toddlers in the back seat and sees a truck coming? Nudge.

The mental patient who contemplates swallowing the colorful pins from his mother’s sewing box? Nudge.

The alcoholic who finds a shelf of disinfectant bottles unattended at the emergency room? Nudge.

I’m everywhere. I’m in your brain, clutching your amygdala. You can’t escape.

One day it’ll happen, something terrible or wonderful, and I’ll whisper to you:

Do you need a little nudge?

Author’s Note: Reading Stephen King can turn your drabbles dark.

3 Responses to “Drabble: Nudge – by Anna Salonen”

  1. Sylvia Heike says:

    This is a good one. Dark and creepy! I am delighted to come across another Finnish writer on SpeckLit.

  2. Anna Salonen says:

    Thanks! I really loved the one you did with the house robot a while back. It’ll be interesting to see if we do similar stuff, having been exposed to the Nordic Weird movement from an early age and all:)

    Speaking of Finnish authors, Pasi Ilmari Jääskelainen’s novella “Where the Trains Turn” just got nominated for a World Fantasy Award! Yay! (Great story, btw, if anyone wants to check it out.)

  3. Sylvia Heike says:

    Thank you. :) Oh that’s really cool news. I’ll need to check it out.

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