JD’s Microfiction Challenge #2 Burning Angel: Avenging Angel


image: Jim Fell


This piece of microfiction (140 of a possible 200 words) is written for Jane Dougherty ‘s Microfiction Challenge #2: Burning Angel based on the above photograph and key word.

We called ourselves Avenging Angel planning on gradually building our virtual angel on-line accompanied by applicable bible verses. Show up the local hypocrites. Fingers made his living hacking; he easily accessed the internet accounts of those targeted to receive our virtual Wickerman* pastiche.

Each day, the virtual wooden angel grew. The hypocrites kept finding themselves on our facebook or blog pages no matter where they wanted to go. We outlined their transgressions, each day adding a bit more to their individual hells. On Solstice, we would burn the angel like some ancient ritual and release the flood of information we had gathered.

Except, we woke up a real Avenging Angel. So, the moment we struck our virtual match, a real match scratched against the box. Flames lapped up the accelerant, doors and windows were blocked. It was the Wickerman after all.


*(spoiler re end of movie) Wickerman is the name of a movie in which, as part of a pagan ritual, a huge man is constructed of wicker. The hero, a policeman, is put inside the structure. He comes to as the wickerman is torched.  The end. The British 1973 film is far better than the 2004 Nicholas Cage version. Still one of the creepiest, scariest movies. I like my scary movies low on gore and high on suspense. The ending is amazing.


23 thoughts on “JD’s Microfiction Challenge #2 Burning Angel: Avenging Angel

  1. sarahsouthwest June 30, 2016 / 6:09 am

    Be careful what you do online! Virtual reality is still reality…


  2. Michael June 24, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    There’s a definite creepiness about the whole thing isn’t there……I like this response…


    • taleweavering June 25, 2016 / 12:08 am

      It so reminded me of the Wickerman movie, my story took on an eerie tone. I suspect yours is one of the few happy burning angel stories. But nice to have a hopeful burning angel.

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      • Michael June 25, 2016 / 12:09 am

        I kept thinking fire doesn’t have to be all bad….


        • taleweavering June 25, 2016 / 1:27 am

          No, it doesn’t. It cleanses, it warms. Certain conifers only release their seeds as the result of a forest fire.

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          • Michael June 25, 2016 / 1:34 am

            Yes the wattle tree grows in the same way…so you see in the case of my story good did come from fire.


  3. Shadeau June 24, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Interesting. When I saw the photo I was reminded of “Burning Man”–you probably know about that annual deal? I don’t know much, myself… Anyway, I agree with you about scary movies–I love them IF they’re high on nail-biting suspense, but very minimal gore. I find gore a cheap effect which distracts from the usually bad plot. “Thumbs down”


    • taleweavering June 24, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Why we watch TCM so much — I mean no blood is silly, but buckets of it lead to so much of the violence and toleration of violence. Otherwise, assault rifles would be banned.


      • Shadeau June 24, 2016 / 9:39 pm

        I completely agree with you! Society has become inured to violence…


        • taleweavering June 25, 2016 / 7:59 pm

          As a global society, especially the first world, we are devolving not evolving.


          • Shadeau June 25, 2016 / 9:02 pm

            Sadly true, Phylor (and that is the ‘society’ I was referencing :) ).


  4. Jane Dougherty June 24, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    I believe a lot of the interest in the wicker man was actually created by that film. I’m intrigued to know where the narrator is telling this story from. Beyond the grave? Stuck in a never ending pagan ritual? This needs a sequel :)


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