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MFTS – Live By the Coin…

Here is my story for Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. The supplied opening line is in bold in my story.

I had trouble merging a constantly nervous and tense woman with coins, but here it is all the same! Click on the blue froggy for all this week’s other stories.

Copyright B.W. Beacham

Copyright B.W. Beacham


She lived a life that some would describe as being on edge. She was constantly panicking, especially when it came to make a decision. Watching Batman, she was terribly impressed by “Two Face”, making all his decisions by flipping a coin. Her salvation!

Rummaging around at the back of the sofa she found one, depicting a bison. Everything changed.

Everything was in the lap of fate. “No bison” – she binned her boyfriend. “Bison” – she stayed at her appalling job. “Bison” – she took an axe and found a family, letting the husband live, killing the wife, sparing the toddler and killing the teenager. The bison had spoken.

Karma caught up when the judge, staring her straight in the eye, flipped a coin, declared “bison” and sent her to the chair. Arriving at the gates of Heaven, the angel flipped a coin, declared “no bison” and sent her downstairs. Fate is a jealous mistress – once you give yourself to Her, She’ll never let you go.


  1. November 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I like your closing line. Food for thought although I think ultimately, we are all in the hands of a fickle fate.


    • November 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

      There’s certainly an element of chance in our lives.


  2. November 3, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Excellent!!! Loved what you did here!


  3. November 4, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Remind me Ali, “never” to decide anything by flipping a coin. I think that woman belonged more in a mental institution than the electric chair. She’d clearly gone over the edge. Of course, she must have also had a lousy lawyer. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • November 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

      I think so too. A mental institution was “no bison” however 🙂


  4. November 4, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I flipped a coin to decide if I should comment on this post or not. it came up no bison, so sorry, I will not be leaving one…


    • November 4, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Darn. Well, I’m not going to reply to your lack of comment either then 🙂


  5. November 4, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Loved it, a good movie or novel here.


  6. Merbear74
    November 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I will never flip a coin again! 🙂


    • November 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      I wouldn’t it’s addictive!


      • Merbear74
        November 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm

        You’re right! I’ve been known to do it before when I can’t make a decision. Uh oh!


  7. November 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Wonderful! Great story, making decisions is hard – relying on chance a great adventure, until you end up in the chair! 🙂


    • November 5, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Yes, a conscience to go along with the coin would have been good 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. November 5, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Fate is a jealous mistress – once you give yourself to Her, She’ll never let you go. ~ I find this interesting. Hmmm… now I’m in deep thinking. 🙂


    • November 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      I can imagine people getting stuck into this way of doing things. It helps if you know the difference between right and wrong though!

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 6, 2015 at 4:22 am

        True. But sometimes the thin line between these two confuses some of us. That’s the tricky part. 🙂


  9. November 5, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Loved your story and how crazy the psychopath was. 🙂


  10. November 5, 2015 at 6:31 am

    When she got downstairs they wouldn’t let her in, the bison was missing again. So to finish the tale, the coin come up tails when she grabbed the devil by the tail.


    • November 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      She’ll have to wander the void until someone calls “bison”. Or the devil gets upset at having his tail pulled 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Lata Sunil
    November 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Wow.. Excellent story!


  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    November 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    What a fitting end, she got what she deserved.


  13. November 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    An engrossing read. I love your interpretation of the prompt and your last line is excellent. I can’t imagine anyone flipping coins ‘downstairs’ so she’s likely to be there for the duration – and rightly so.


    • November 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

      No, I think that “downstairs” there aren’t many choices to be made. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. November 7, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Another creative storyline! Well done!!


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