The Mark of Destiny

…from the case files of Detective Pagasmo…

Leafing through the mail, I discovered a small envelope with no return address. I sighed, not another death threat. I’d tossed three in the rubbish bin already. Before I could flick this newest edition into the trash, a seal caught my eye:


Intrigued, I turned the envelope over and scrawled across the back was this note: destiny calls you through this mark. The postal service didn’t deliver destinies, marked or not, just piles of bills. And no mark, even a well designed one, could contain a man’s destiny. Perhaps this mark belonged to a secret society recruiting new members, which would explain the ‘1/10’ below the image. Bullets chewed through my front door and shot the envelope and my theories to hell.

Destiny had marked me; she’d drawn a bead that would end me if I didn’t get out of there.

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17 thoughts on “The Mark of Destiny

    1. Thank you! You could really see that? I would love to write a thriller like Angels & Demons (I was not a hug fan of the DaVinci code)! I love scientific and historical puzzles. I have no idea how good of a writer I am. I haven’t put my writing chops to the test yet. I haven’t submitted any of my writing to any contents or publishers. But I am reading Keeper of Dreams, a book of Orson Scott Card’s short fiction and in it, he recommends submitting short fiction to magazines and anthologies as a way to build an author platform (get recognized/exposure) and to hone writing skills. I am thinking about taking his advice.


    2. I really think you should submit your short fiction to magazines. First, what do you have to lose? Second, you are really good. You do action well. You dialogue is always good. I think you are great at foreshadowing.

      I can see you writing something like Angel & Demons. I love those historical puzzle novels. I know you can do it.

      While I have your attention, you know I am having vision problems. So I am not reading as much as I did before. When are you posting Aerials? I don’t want to miss those posts.

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    3. Thank you πŸ™‚ Once I finish with Curse Breaker: Enchanted I will check out the short story market. Yes I know about your vision issues. I hope they clear up fast and I wish you a speedy recovery. Aerials’ next piece will air in early September when the challenge posts finish. The challenge had some requirements about how long one can take in completing it. I’ll let you know as soon I have written and scheduled it. So far I have only scheduled posts through the end of Aug.


  1. Welcome… and Thank you for taking up the IBMC… πŸ™‚

    This is so beautifully done. The logo is used so wisely. Clever. It made be smile throughout the read. Nailed it! Awesome. πŸ™‚ I am excited to read takes on other challenges.. πŸ™‚

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