02/08/2017

FLOWERS ARE NOT ENOUGH - a story in a hundred words

FLOWERS ARE NOT ENOUGH

The bank’s letter hit Marylin like a train – Andrew had gambled away their house.
After a savage argument she worked in grim silence, carefully sealing the boxes before they went off to a storage facility.
One question ran through her brain on a loop as she worked – why would anyone in their right mind think a few pathetic flowers could make up for losing her home?

When the removal van arrived, she paid six months in advance, reckoning that would give her ample time to find somewhere new, maybe in Eastern Europe or even Mexico, before they found him.
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Thanks to Dale Rogerson for this week's photo prompt and to  https://rochellewisoff.com/  for hosting / organising Friday Fictioneers. Follow the links from her blog to read stories by other writers. You can also scroll through my own blog to read a poem with which I won a forum competition earlier in the week.

34 comments:

  1. Lol. Your head goes off to dark places when you see a bouquet, doesn't it, Liz? :-)

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    1. to be fair, Annalisa, I'm not the only Friday Fictioneer who's written murder this week!

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    2. Not true. I killed my protagonist but great minds .....
      I vote for Mexico. I hide out there on a regular basis. πŸ˜ŽπŸŒ΄πŸ‘™

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    3. Lucky you! Having lived in Tenerife for many years, I speak South Amrican style Spanish. Now I'm back in the UK I should add Mexico to my to-do list.

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  2. A lot of men are dying off this week after sending flowers for various reasons... Still, he brought it on himself.

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    1. He did - I noticed your thoughts ran along the same lines!

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  3. Little did he know he was buying flowers for his own funeral. Heheh.

    Great story. Come see mine here.

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    1. That hadn't occurred to me, Alice!

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  4. Dear Liz,

    That ending made me choke, gasp and chuckle. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thaks Rochelle - it's great to get a reaction!

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  5. Love it. So very glad she had six months' rent available to "store" him in...

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    1. She'd have probably got away with three months but it's best to err on the safe side.

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  6. A dark tale indeed.I wonder if there's still Interpol? Used to be a tv series fifty-some years back.

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    1. I think you can probably be extradited from almost anywhere - Russia might have been safer.

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  7. Whoopsies! Looks like something sinister.
    Another story that rocks, Liz. Nice.

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    1. Only slightly sinister, wmq - thanks for visiting.

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  8. Sounds like he gambled his life away, as well.

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  9. Another one bites the dust! Love the way you've written this.

    Click to read my FriFic

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  10. There's something with the flowers and boxes that make people think of really dark stuff. Loved it :D Well written, Lizy. Cheers, Varad.

    Please click to read my FriFic

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    1. It's comforting to know it's not just me!

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  11. Now is he in one and/or more of the boxes.
    Sending flowers seems to be sealing a lot of fates. :)
    Good story

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    1. I visualise him in several of them. Mwah-ha-ha!

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  12. Ouch! Maybe cold storage would be a better choice than just a storage facility.

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    1. You could be right - Alaska, perhaps?

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  13. I was a bit slow off the mark with the ending, but then I laughed out loud. I like a woman who thinks ahead.

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    1. Thanks Sandra - good to know I can still manage subtlety!

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  14. Hah! Perfect ending, great story.

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