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FF – Evidence

Here is my post for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. It’s another summer rerun so I’m rerunning my original story (with a couple of tiny twiddles), as I had a read earlier and quite liked it. It’s from January 2015. Dee Lovering requested this rerun and the photo was submitted by Georgia Koch.

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Copyright Georgia Koch

Copyright Georgia Koch

 

Franco’s friends (if it could be said that he had friends) were astonished when he joined “Save Our Barges”. An ex-mobster, charity was never his thing.

He chatted to the great and good, raised funds and worked tirelessly until at last he made it onto the charity’s board… until at last he was granted access to the Betty May.

The charity’s latest restoration project, the Betty May was locked away in dry dock, awaiting much-needed love and a tender touch.

That night the Betty May burnt down to ash. Some of Franco’s secrets were best left buried.

 

  1. August 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    That’s a good way to cover your tracks.

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  2. August 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    He fooled them all…once a mobster, always a monster?

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  3. August 24, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    There’s always more than one way to bury your secrets.

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  4. August 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Good story, I like a little mob action 😉

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  5. August 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Indeed… best way not to go from ex-mob to con is to burn the evidence…

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    • August 25, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Yep! And I bet this won’t be his last clean-up operation.

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  6. August 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Now I’ll be wondering what his secrets are all night!

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    • August 25, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Only Franco will ever know… 🙂

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  7. August 24, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    But I’m sure he got the cash out before the fire 🙂

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    • August 25, 2016 at 7:24 am

      As long as the dead body hadn’t decomposed all over it… 🙂

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  8. August 25, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Oh! I remember this one…the Save Our Barges club is especially funny…

    Sometimes it’s worthwhile to go back and read the old stuff with a different mind set going.

    Ellespeth

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    • August 25, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Yes, sometimes I’m surprised at how much I like some of the “older” stuff. And how many little tweaks they sometimes need!

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      • August 26, 2016 at 6:15 am

        It’s all a rush to get challenge things out within a week. The fiction challenges, I mean. I cringe when I read my old fiction pieces.

        I’d love to write a novel, though 😛

        Ellespeth

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      • August 26, 2016 at 7:11 am

        Me too. But I’m far too lazy 🙂

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  9. August 25, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Franco showing he hasnt changed his stripes. ❤

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  10. August 25, 2016 at 6:49 am

    That was a long route to getting back to be able to cover his tracks. And a lot of story in 100 words – well done.

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    • August 25, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks! Yes, I can’t help thinking there was a quicker way…

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  11. August 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Brilliant story. I wonder what secrets he had buried there!

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  12. August 25, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Dear Ali,

    So much for Franco’s altruism, eh? Good story. I liked the twist at the end..it made me smile.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • August 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I knew it was too good to be true! Some leopards never change their spots 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it.
      Ali

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  13. August 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Very intriguing. I want to know his secrets!

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  14. August 25, 2016 at 10:33 am

    He covered his tracks as well as committing a crime that can’t be traced back to him. Good writing, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • August 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      He didn’t stay alive in the mobster game this long by being stupid!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  15. August 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    i would think a mobster could find a way to destroy the boat without being on the board. however, that wouldn’t make as much of a story, would it now? didn’t think so.

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    • August 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      I would have though so too, but that would indeed have been a pretty rubbish story 🙂
      Maybe he enjoyed rubbing shoulders with a different sort of person for a while!

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      • August 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

        or he needed to get close to be sure

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  16. August 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Wonderfully written. Especially loved the parenthetical “if it could be said that he had friends” and “chatted to the great and good”. Bravo!

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    • August 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed my story and the phrasing 🙂

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  17. August 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    An ex-mobster probably has a lot of secrets to bury! Great story!

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    • August 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Yes, who knows what the barge restoration people might have found 🙂

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  18. August 26, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I live near a major river and most of our barges here already smell like they have a dead body (or 100) in them. No charity in their right mind would ever wish to restore them…

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    • August 26, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Sounds like Franco’s stashed bodies on all the barges near you, too.

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  19. August 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Creepy! It kept me guessing to the end – knew something was up but not sure what!

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    • August 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      It was unreasonable to expect that Franco had turned over a new leaf – especially in one of my stories 🙂

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  20. August 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Oh, the poor ship, LOL. If anything, Franco is thorough. He doesn’t leave anything to coincidence. Fun story.

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  21. August 27, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Of course, there had to be a reason for his (mis)perceived largesse!!!

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    • August 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Yep, Franco never does anything without a (nefarious) reason!

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  22. August 27, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I liked the line ‘(if it could be said that he had friends) ‘ as well. It gives an instant insight into his personality.

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    • August 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks. I’m guessing people in his line of “work” only really have acquaintances.

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  23. August 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I love the “Save Our Barges” idea. It actually brought a smile. Good way to cover one’s tracks, I’d say.

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    • August 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      I wonder if they actually exist somewhere? 🙂
      There’s nothing better than fire to wipe out all evidence of wrongdoing.

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  24. August 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Franco definitely knows how to cover his tracks! A fun story, Ali. 🙂

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    • August 28, 2016 at 5:32 am

      I’m thinking he’s had a lot of practice 🙂

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  25. August 28, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Charitable Franco knows how to tie up loose ends in style 🙂

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  26. August 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Secrets that were worth burning artifacts????? How sad. But I am intrigued to know the secret!

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  27. August 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I just knew Franco was up to something.

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    • August 29, 2016 at 7:28 am

      His sudden change of heart was too good to be true!

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      • September 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm

        That’s what makes for good stories.

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  28. August 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    What planning and patience he had, too. I can see why you’re happy with this one. Great story, Ali!

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    • August 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Thanks! Yes, he’s a real advocate of the “long game”.

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  29. August 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Good re-run. Franco is a great, resonant name choice, too: either the evil dictator (Francisco) Franco or the new eldritch evil, James (Franco). Ha! 🙂

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    • August 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

      I hadn’t thought of those guys but the name does work doesn’t it?

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  30. August 31, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Ah, nice! A little bit of mob-action, and some mystery. And ARRGH! I want to know what those secrets were!

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    • August 31, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Everyone wants to know Franco’s secrets! Too bad he burned them all up heh heh 🙂

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