My Deal Me In deck turned up hearts again this week, which sent me back to East of the Web. And what should I see right off the bat but a story by Frederick Pohl, one of my favorite science fiction writers? So I read it.
It begins with the narrative character murdering a man who saved his life and calling the police on himself.
The bulk of the short short story is a flashback, glossing over how the characters met, lost touch, and came back together.
The climactic incident shows the victim to be in possession of very dangerous knowledge, for which the narrator kills him. The victim can’t be trusted with such knowledge. No one can. Except guess who.
Pohl might be a writer’s writer: His style is transparent and his flow is flawless. The story has no pyrotechnics, but the simple telling makes the outlandish content feel realistic.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a secret.