Chekhov’s Rule by Aj Hayes


Mummy and Daddy were strange ducks. I thought the things they did to me were normal. Our house was a museum. Relics from famous murderers were their passion. The center of their collection was Lizzie Borden’s ax. It hung, shining brightly, over the mantelpiece.  They also admired the fine collection of scars they placed on my body with their various instruments over the years.

When I finally escaped to college, I hid their scars under my clothing. I hid my screams within my mind.


When I returned, with a degree in drama, the first thing I saw when I walked through the door was the ax in its proper place over the fire. Later, after their twittering welcome home, I told them I was tired from the train ride and went upstairs. After the house grew quiet with sleep, I went to work with Chekhov’s Rule singing in my head.. I did change the script slightly. Mummy was much fatter than Daddy so she got the forty-one whacks and he the forty.

Act 3

There is no act three.

Aj HayesBio:

AJ Hayes lives in Southern California and finds it a fertile field

for all things weird, wonderful and just plain out WTF.


Filed under Flash Fiction

16 responses to “Chekhov’s Rule by Aj Hayes

  1. ((( soft smile … still scared — but soft smile )))

  2. Aw. Who loves ya, Katie Mae? 😉

  3. Thanks Les. You like it , I’m pumped.

  4. Aw shucks . . . you had me at “There is no act three”.

    You scare up vibrance of the dramatic swell, dear author’man.
    ~ Absolutely*(shreiking or eeking) Kate

  5. AJ Hayes

    Thanks you all. ‘Preciate it muchly. Put a big ole grin on my face.

  6. Great work, Aj. Loved this on the first read and it just got better with every one after. Top stuff, buddy!

  7. Keith Gingell


  8. Awesome. You painted a very big picture with so few words. I love it!

  9. Bill Baber

    nice job.short and to the point!

  10. Marietta Miles

    Yay A.J.!!! I loved this. Makes me smile when the little omes out on top. In this short story you managed to create a sinister atmosphere but still allow my mind to run WILD. Bravo.

  11. James Zahardis

    Anton Chekhov would probably have loved this pithy thriller!
    (I did!)

  12. That’s the way to do it, AJ!
    If an ‘abundance of brevity’ was possible, then you nailed it here.
    Excellent work, bud.

  13. That puts a sinister grin on my face. Well done.

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