Vigilante Street Cleaner

This week we have a very busy street scene photo-prompt, thanks to Rochelle.(click to visit).

More of our Friday-Fictioneer’s flash stories are available to read HERE.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Vigilante Street Cleaner 

They retired my badge last month.
The Chief thanked me for my long loyal service, and the city gave me a pitiful pension for the years I patrolled the sidewalks.
Over time, I deplored how our streets became meaner.

Well, I am a free man; rise late and drink lattes at Antonio’s café. 
I enjoy the warm, bright days. Hell! I never noticed the glass tower block before.

The shoes are my message.
See, I collect them in the dark when bedlam stalks the alleys.
Their owners sleep life off in the morgue, and tomorrow there will be another pair.

42 responses to “Vigilante Street Cleaner

  1. Painful memorials!

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  2. That’s definitely creepy!

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  3. michael1148humphris

    Great story,

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  4. I love the idea of vigilante street cleaners. What next? Guerilla shoe shiners?

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  5. Great unexpected ending!

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  6. A twist and a half in that ending!

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  7. A serial killer on the prow.

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  8. Chilling and angry tone to this.

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  9. Dear James,

    That’s certainly a change of occupation. Chilling.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  10. Chilling story. ‘Justice’ with none of the safeguards of a judiciary. Good story, James

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  11. Wow, now he can be judge, jury, AND exectioner. That certainly speeds up the justice process.

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  12. Guess he learned a thing or two as a cop, now it’s time to put it to use!

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  13. Yikes. Gives a new meaning to “street cleaner”!

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  14. There are all manner of things involved in cleaning up the streets. Well done, James.

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  15. from good cop, bad ex-cop. what a transformation.

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  16. Great wordsmithing, James. Tsk tsk what’s a beat cop to do after turning in the badge…

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  17. p.s. Perfect title as well!

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  18. Who knows what he’ve had done with a better pension. Very chilling.

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  19. Some people have too much time on their hands!

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  20. Good story James.

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  21. It’s important to have a hobby, especially in retirement. That was good. I liked it a lot.

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  22. Ooooo creepy end. There’s a warning not to ignore

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  23. Who would have guessed at such a transformation? Great twist – and I love how you brought in the shoes.

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  24. Oh my. What a gloomy way to spend one’s retirement! Great writing 🙂

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