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Life Without Parole

It’s Friday Fictioneers time again, the weekly 100 word photo prompt hosted by Rochelle. Congratulations are due this week on the new arrival to the Pendergast family :-).

The photo this week was contributed by C. Hase, and the other stories will appear during the week on the page reached by clicking the blue froggy below.

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Life Without Parole

 

Trapped. Hemmed in. Chained down. How has it come to this? Can’t breathe…

I can’t breathe!

Sweat trickling down my face. I feel so closed in. Helpless.

So much I’ll never do again. And so many things I’ve never done. That fishing trip with the lads we planned but never got around to. Watching tennis at Wimbledon. Climbing Mount Everest. Running a marathon. So many opportunities wasted.

Help me, somebody. Take me away from here! How has this happened? How…

 

“Sir? Sir?”

“Uh, yes, sorry. Ahem. I do.”

“I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride.”

 

  1. June 3, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Hahaha!!! Too funny! 🙂

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  2. June 3, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Classic ball & chain… too funny 🙂

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Why was that the first thing I thought of when I saw this photo…? 🙂

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  3. June 3, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    lol….didnt expect that twist. Nicely done.

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Thanks! I tried to build it up but not give the game away.

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  4. June 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I predict a more apologetic tone will be adopted later this evening.

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  5. June 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Bahahaha!!! 😀

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  6. June 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Oh my…THAT was funny.

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  7. June 4, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Snerk, there I was imagining horrors. If he’s getting into such a restrictive relationship who’s to blame but himself. Very funny twist… (would work with gender reversal, too).

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:43 am

      I’m sure it’s just a case of last minute nerves 🙂

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  8. June 4, 2015 at 12:53 am

    A bit of serious commit-o-phobia ? ;-D

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:43 am

      And then some! I’m sure he’ll be fine…

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  9. June 4, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Ahhhh yes! The ties … I mean the chains … that bind. Pardon my French but, “Quel dommage!”

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:45 am

      I’m sure he’s worrying over nothing and she’ll be happy for him to stagger in at 3 in the morning and start making cheese toasties after an evening out with the lads 🙂

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  10. June 4, 2015 at 1:33 am

    ah, i’ve heard so often before. marriage isn’t a word, it’s a long sentence. 🙂

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  11. June 4, 2015 at 3:15 am

    should be required reading for all curriculums changing only the gender to suit the recipient!
    HaHaHa! 😀

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Well, we wouldn’t want to put anyone off…

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      • June 5, 2015 at 4:17 am

        Oh goodness me no! A happy marriage is but an early Heaven. ❤

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      • June 5, 2015 at 6:58 am

        That’s a sweet saying 🙂

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  12. June 4, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Wow, how true. For a man that is not married, your story is so true.

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:46 am

      I’ve found in the past it is quite easy to slip into a “couple mindset”. I may have been single too long this time though… 🙂

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  13. June 4, 2015 at 5:28 am

    This is utterly brilliant! And 100 times more horrific than your gory stories!

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Thanks! Yes, this one is certainly the stuff of nightmares 🙂

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  14. June 4, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Totally get it. Funny and too damn real!

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    • June 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Ha, yes. This is when everything changes…

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  15. June 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Oooh! Reality protrudes. Great horror story – or romantic fiction, as the warden…ah, wife calls it. 🙂

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  16. June 4, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Dear Ali,

    Perhaps he needs to meet Elise on the beach. 😉 Great twist at the end. You made me laugh out loud.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, now that Elise is free they could be free together! Hang on, though, he’s only just got married. Give him a chance 🙂
      I’m glad it made you laugh.
      Ali

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  17. Francesca Smith
    June 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

    The old ball and chain. Maybe it is last minute nerves? Great and creative take on the prompt.

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    • June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      I’m sure it is just last minute nerves. He’ll be fine. He will!
      Glad you liked it!

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  18. June 4, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Wow! I knew the little missus was going to object to all that football… but Wimbledon! She has gone too far!

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  19. June 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Cute!!

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  20. June 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    You can tell, his heart’s just not really in it. Run, man!

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    • June 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      I’m sure it’s not legal until he signs the actual register…

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  21. June 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Ah, the old ball and chain. Nice little twist at the end.

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    • June 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, glad you liked it! I’m a bit worried that this was my first thought when I saw the photo 🙂

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  22. June 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I laughed out loud!
    Hope my husband didn’t have those thoughts in his head when the judge married us! He even put on one of my father’s old suits.

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    • June 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      I’m sure he didn’t (not at that late stage anyway) 🙂
      My protagonist needs to think more about what he’s gaining rather than what he’s (potentially) losing.

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      • June 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        Would love to hear it from the bride’s perspective. Is she wishing when the minister says “Does anyone here object to the marriage of these two people” both the she and groom say yes.
        Sorry in a pessimistic mood. 🙂

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  23. June 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Oh, no, you didn’t! LOL! Too funny!

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    • June 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      It’s okay, it wasn’t me! Whether or not something like that would be going through my mind in the same situation… 😉
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  24. June 5, 2015 at 1:56 am

    I fantasize all the time in marriage. Oh wait, that wasn’t fantasy, that was regret.
    Never mind.
    Randy

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  25. June 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    How has it happened? Because luckily for him, someone with better sense has taken him in hand and will lead him into a richer and more fulfilling life than he could hope to find among the lads. Isn’t that how it’s meant to be?

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  26. June 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Hahahaha! Fantastic. Of course I shall never show this one to my wife, but well done!
    🙂
    KT

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  27. June 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I didn’t know what happiness was until I got married. Of course, by then, it was too late.
    Good piece.

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  28. June 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Very funny!!! Though, in retrospect, he probably should have married someone who wants to do all those things, too….

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    • June 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      I’m not sure he’s even asked her, he’s just having a bit of a (very) last-minute panic (I hope)!

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  29. June 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Love it! I was not expecting that ending! Somehow, I don’t think that marriage is going to be a good one. 🙂

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    • June 6, 2015 at 4:16 am

      They don’t exactly sound like kindred spirits, do they? 🙂

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  30. June 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    MOL..we didn’t expect a doubting-marriage-mind like this one, Draliman…that poor man…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for the weekend 🙂 ❤

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    • June 7, 2015 at 5:13 am

      Hopefully it’s just last minute nerves and he’ll be okay. He just needs to go with it and see what happens! Thanks for the weekend pawkisses 🙂

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  31. Susan Langer
    June 7, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Laughing about your story and also your take on marriage. Having been there and done that, I prefer singlehood myself. 🙂

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    • June 7, 2015 at 5:18 am

      Strange how that was the first thing I thought of when I saw the huge chain 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  32. June 7, 2015 at 11:04 am

    You see this is exactly why every couple needs premarital counselling. It stops people from saying , ” I do” when they don’t.

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  33. June 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    lol omg what a riot! I thoroughly enjoyed this fabulous twist at the end!

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    • June 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! It’s been a while since I did a story with such a big twist 🙂

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  34. June 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Oh. OH. I see how it is. Maybe he should have taken a little more time to think about those vows he just agreed to uphold rather than just being so self-centered. Marriage is an adventure and love is a gift! Clearly he isn’t ready for either.
    Guess he’ll have to settle for marriage counseling instead of premarital counseling.

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    • June 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      It has suddenly become real. At very literally the last minute. Typical bloke 🙂
      I hope they have time for their honeymoon before they start their counselling.

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  35. June 8, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Loved this, Ali–the old ball and chain.Poor man, or poor woman, depending on how you look at it. Hopefully he’ll be okay as it sounds like last-minute nerves. Hilarious. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • June 8, 2015 at 11:39 am

      I’m sure he’ll be fine once he discovers the joys or married life!

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  36. June 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    LOL

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  37. June 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Great ending. Very funny!

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