A Christmas Story

The man put down his shotgun and stared straight ahead.

Every target had been shattered and now were laying dead.

With only hours left till Christmas, how could he be so cruel?

Was he really a seasoned murderer or just a crazy fool?


Across his arm, the gun lay broken feeling hot from being used.

Now his eyes were tired, his arms heavy and his shoulder felt bruised

He told himself it was time for home, travelling with no one at his side.

At least, the journey would be silent with no tears having to be cried.


Slightly trembling fingers zipped closed the carrying bag

The weight of it on his shoulder made his body falter and sag.

How could anyone think of death only hours before such a day

He hadn’t! He was coming home from shooting one hundred clays!


© 2015, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved

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About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller, and although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the intrigue involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he compiles both for adults and children. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television.
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