Friday Fictioneers – Hunger Pangs

ff140115Two lonely stars glistened in the black, wintry sky shrouding Baltimore. Through a top floor window, watching eyes narrowed as the red-haired woman from the coffee shop paused to light a cigarette.

The dining-room fire crackled – the watcher’s thoughts swiftly returned to the evening ahead. The Dean of Psychology didn’t respond to just any old dinner invite. The Dean was an important man, and he knew it – his mind and intellect almost unchallenged.

The clock above the fire chimed quarter past seven – the Professor was late. If there was one thing Hannibal couldn’t abide it was tardiness.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

16 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Hunger Pangs

  1. Claire Fuller

    Wonderful suspense, and the pay-off with the mention of Hannibal works really well. (Am I allowed to mention very minor typos? Hyphen missing from dining room – it a compound adjective if it’s before a noun; and an apostrophe missing after watchers. In fact this last one will help us know there’s only one person in the room.) Great story though. Sorry about my pedantry.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Aaargh…I’m normally anal about use of apostrophes. Thanks for pointing it out. Hyphens, on the other hand, are ‘Work in Progress’ for me 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  2. Dee

    Very well done. The tension was building nicely and I wondered just where you were taking us and then… Hannibal, I wasn’t expecting that!


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