Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: I stood there, staring at the back of his head
Source Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
I stood there, staring at the back of his head through the scope of my X-ray laser gun. Staring at the tiny red dot that I had painted there. Watching the dot jitter and dance around. The gun was mounted firmly to a pair of heavy tripods, but even so, at a distance of three miles, even the slight vibration caused by my face resting against the scope was enough to make the fiery spot bounce about in the closely cropped stubble of his head and neck. I detached the scope from the gun and locked it onto a third tripod instead. I detached the gun's control pad as well. I looked through scope and repositioned it so that I could see my target clearly. There was no wind, so in the absence of my physical contact with the gun, the red spot now hung stationary, at the base of his neck, about three centimeters right of center. Using sticks on the the control pad, I engaged servos on the gun's mount, finely adjusting the position until the dot was perfectly centered. I depressed and twisted the red safety knob, rendering the weapon active. I took a long deep breath.
(about my timed writing exercises)
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