17/02/2021

BLACK WIDOW

 BLACK WIDOW

When Geraldine’s fourth husband died from heart failure, the rumours spread, helped by the absence of any memorials.

 She ignored them, throwing a lavish party on the anniversary of No4’s death, at which she flaunted her newest diamond, mounted on a brooch with three others, and snagged husband No5. 

He outlived her – he was twenty years her junior – and inherited all her jewels. The day after Geraldine’s funeral he visited a jeweller, confident that four diamonds weighing over a carat each would net him a fortune. 

That’s when he discovered what she had done with all her other husbands.

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Technology has moved on since mourners wore lockets containing a lock of the deceased's hair, so I guess making ashes into diamonds isn't too bizarre! I have no idea how much a dead husband is worth, but surely less than a 'real' diamond?  

 https://www.lonite.co.uk/cremation-ashes-into-diamonds/

Thanks to Ted Strutz for the photo and to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog https://rochellewisoff.com/


30 comments:

  1. She had them wrapped round her little finger

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  2. It's not just their memory she carried with her then! Fantastic ending, Liz.

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  3. I'll bet he's thankful to have outlived her. At least maybe HE will get a memorial service!

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    1. But the question remains - did husbands 1-4 die of natural causes?

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  4. Great twist. If I was No.5 I would just be happy I had survived!

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    1. Marrying a cougar makes survival more likely.

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  5. Looks like he escaped their fate.

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  6. Well, well, well.. an industrious one is she! But she finally chose one she could not outlive... (that is, assuming the others were natural deaths)

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    1. Let's give her the benefit of the doubt, shall we?

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  7. Thats mad, I never knew you could do that! Amazing tale

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  8. There's mementos... and then there's mementos. That's not for me.

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    1. Not something I'd want either, even if I had the money to do it.

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  9. Diamonds are a girl's best friend, even if her ex's weren't!

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    1. It does appear she loved them more dead than alive!

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  10. Dear Liz,

    At least he outlived her so she couldn't make an ash (or diamond) of him.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. He did, and those diamonds must be worth something!

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  11. Well I never, what an intriguing idea! And I loved how you wove it into the story - very neatly done.

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  12. Quite a gal, Geraldine!
    Love it, Liz

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  13. was he spared because he was young and looked like brad pitt? just wondering. :)

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    1. Possibly. Who can read a woman's mind?

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  14. This idea is going to be stuck in my head. Diamonds from ashes... One way of keeping the dead close.

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  15. A very creative use of the ashes, and a very clever idea for a story, Liz! Well done to Geraldine and to you. =)

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