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Literary Lion – Homonyms

I have finally got round to my Literary Lion post for this week, with only two days to go. This is hosted by Laura at I Smith Words and involves a word prompt, supplied by our friend the Literary Lion, and up to 400 words.

This week’s prompt is “morning”, and I have written a sort of inner monologue and jumped around a bit like I imagine his thoughts might in this situation. I have used a picture of the sun coming up at my workplace to illustrate “morning”. It doesn’t really have anything to do with my story :-).




Morning. Time to get my shit together.

Mourning. Hah, homonyms. Mourning in the morning.

Patent leather shoes, freshly-pressed trousers, white shirt with black tie. Top it all off with black jacket. Not cheap this suit. Hope they appreciate it. The other mourners.

Seems weird going without the wife. Well, she’ll be there I suppose. In the coffin. But it’s not really the same.

Never even knew what hit her. Never even saw it coming.

I can hear them now. Downstairs. Congregating, ready to head out. To the funeral.

Ready for mourning in the morning. Hee hee! Whoa, gotta get my shit together. Hysterical gigging won’t do. Won’t do at all.

This suit really suits me. Another one! I’m on fire today! Okay, gotta concentrate.

Shoot. Shoot. Cameras and guns. Is that a homonym? Or is it essentially the same word, different context?

So much I never told her. I used to run with some pretty dodgy people. She never even knew. One of them was the bloke I hired to shoot the wedding photos. Another was the bloke I hired to shoot my wife in the head after I found out she was sleeping around.

She shouldn’t have done that.

Okay, game face on, look sad, here goes…


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  1. June 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Watch the birdie!! Oops. Wrong birdie.


  2. Francesca Smith
    June 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Oh dear…I think she angered the wwrroonngg person!


  3. June 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I knew something was up with the hee hee. I think that was perfectly placed there. Nice photo again – and it did relate to the story in a way, I think. Sunrise – morning, right? lol Great story!


    • June 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks! I think this guy is teetering on the edge of sanity.
      I’m glad you liked the photo – at a certain time of year I arrive at work at just the right time to see the sunrise.

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  4. June 22, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    That’s great in a kind of weird way lol Well written indeed my friend 🙂


    • June 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks! It is a bit weird but I think so is he 🙂


  5. June 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Nicely done. One of your best!


  6. June 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I think that guy is past teetering, Ali. If they catch him, I doubt he’ll spend time in a jail. A mental hospital maybe. I wouldn’t put it past him to start laughing at the funeral. If he gets away with it and remarries, I feel sorry for the second wife. Well done.


    • June 23, 2015 at 6:19 am

      I think you’re right, he’ll lose his composure at the funeral. I hope someone catches him before he remarries but he strikes me as too careful to have left a trail.


  7. June 23, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Always gotta look sharp. Who knows… maybe he’ll meet his next vict… er, wife at the funeral!


  8. June 23, 2015 at 6:24 am

    You were, like, on a roll there! Loved it!


  9. gentlestitches
    June 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

    excellent, compelling bit of storytelling. 🙂


    • June 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  10. June 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Ooh he’s a creepy character. Great interpretation of a psychopath I think, it reminds me of a Chuck Palahniuk character or American Psycho.


    • June 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Extreme reactions, inappropriate/missing emotions, not caring about/considering consequences – psychopaths are fun (!) characters to write.

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      • June 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

        Ooh definitely, I’m working on one at the moment, it’s tricky to get the audience to care about them, but they are definitely interesting to portray.


        • June 24, 2015 at 10:08 am

          It is pretty tricky to identify with someone like that. I enjoyed watching “Dexter” for example but there was (fortunately) no identification there, more morbid fascination!

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          • June 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

            I think that’s the only way to go with a character like that, you can’t really get an audience to sympathise, unless perhaps you learn of a very dark past that they’ve been subject to. But yes, there’s always a reason to be thankful for not being able to identify with them!

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  11. June 25, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Love the haphazard nature of this. He’s losing the plot, or he’s finally seeing clearly.


  12. June 25, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Oh! He’s gone somewhere in his own head, poor guy 😦 Nice monologue.


    • June 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Yes, he’s slipping further away from reality all the time I think – or at least forming his own.


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