Help me write this story

A man opens a letter addressed to someone else, someone he doesn't know. Mailed to him by mistake.

The letter says only this:

“We will murder everything you love.”

What happens next?

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3 thoughts on “Help me write this story

  1. The man shrugged the letter off, secretly hoping that someone would burst through his window and invite him on a magical journey that would change him forever. He fantasized about Ninja’s breaking all his windows with shurikens, and then getting destroyed as he himself wielded two chainsaws and hacked them to bloody pieces while the female side-character of his life swooned and made lewd gestures over her extremely exposing and low cut shirt. However, he wakes the next morning and drags his feet all the way to the law firm where he had been working for the past 10 years.

  2. He looks down at the letter in his hands with measured regret, compliant. Even if it was addressed to him it would carry no weight – no familiar burden, no love. And so then what? Who’s the ‘we’ in the letter? Some rogue government agency? A drug cartel? Posturing by some set of pricks for gain? But more than that, what does he care? Perhaps he doesn’t, but as he moves to the door, letter in hand, he moves with a sense of urgency outside of compliance or reget; as if something is compelling him towards the door, some burden, and, as he closes it behind him, to leave it unlocked and partially ajar, open to any passerby.

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