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FF – Trophies

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Claire Fuller.

Right, this is getting out of hand. I need to find my comedy muse once more.

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Claire Fuller.

Copyright Claire Fuller.


Simon ran his hands lovingly over the treasures on the shelf. Each evoked an exciting memory.

‘That was a wonderful day in Bournemouth’, or ‘I remember what fun I had collecting that’ ran through his mind as he carefully took each one down in turn and studied it. It was his birthday, his treat day, and today he would add to his collection.

Gathering the tools of his trade, he set off towards the nearby school. The added danger fuelled his excitement.

He had never preyed so close to home before.


  1. October 19, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    There’s nothing more endearing than a sentimental serial killer, you know? Warms my heart!


  2. October 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Sinister take on the prompt. But not beyond the realms of belief, sadly. Good one.


    • October 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thanks. There was story a couple of days ago of a sex attacker they just caught (in this country I think) – they reckon he’s been “indulging” every year on his birthday for decades.

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  3. October 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Does Stephen King (or Clive Barker) sit around and lament what a dark vision he has? Hell, no! 🙂
    But seriously, Ali, this was another good piece, although I think I knew what turn it was taking once you gave me the warning (trigger warning?). In any case, sorry I missed the birthday, digitally at least, but you have great company in October birthdays. My oldest, Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, John Lennon, “Weird” Al, Sir Roger Moore, Ursula K. LeGuin, Rimbaud, Mae Jemison, Arthur Miller, Hugh Jackman, Chevy Chase, and the voice of Bart Simpson, among many others!


    • October 20, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I blame the person who lent me the first “Dexter” book…
      I also almost share my birthday with Margaret Thatcher! October sounds like a good month for birthdays.


      • October 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        Is that Dexter, as in based on the TV show about the serial killer? I had no idea it was a book before, and that’s one show I’ve never gotten around to. I generally agree with the idea, as a serious writer who lacks time, to kill my television as it’s a great distraction . . . but I still watch a fair amount. I’ve gotten hooked on Stranger Things a couple months ago, as well as The Walking Dead. I’m really late in coming to the latter.
        The question is . . . do you WANT to be related to Thatcher (what was her nickname: the Iron Lady)? If Iron Man weren’t already taken, you could be that. Did you bake anything delightful for your birthday?! Hope you treated yourself to a new game or something! 🙂


        • October 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

          Yes, it’s a series of books. The first book anyway is the same story line as series one.
          A lot of my friends are into Stranger Things. I have it on my wish list but I’m in the middle of Luke Cage, Arrow and From Dusk Till Dawn among other things! I’m one series behind on Walking Dead as I wait until it’s free on Amazon Prime.
          Say what you like about Thatcher, she sorted the country out!
          I only baked some bread a couple of days after my birthday. Tasty though.

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  4. October 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Chilling take, well written. I was tipped off that something was wrong when he said he had a wonderful day in Bournemouth, of all places! 😉


    • October 20, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Thanks! Ha ha – my mind suddenly went blank thinking of destinations. My first thought was “Margate” but that just sounds too “Chaz and Dave” to be taken seriously 🙂

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  5. October 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I had a bad feeling about Simon from the start! Scary indeed! 🙂


    • October 20, 2016 at 7:10 am

      I’m seeing him as a harmless-looking balding 50-something, wearing one of those sweater-vest things…


  6. October 19, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I love it. So sweet. So scary.


  7. October 20, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Darn it! Now everyone’s gonna know where I get all of my trinkets and treasures from. Guess I’ll lay low for a while….


    • October 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

      I’ve blown the lid off the whole thing! Best wait until the heat dies down…


  8. October 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Horrid Simon, went to the schools to seek a horrid fate.
    Hope he gets caught soon.


    • October 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

      I hope so too. This time – lots of people, close to home. I reckon they’ll have him this time.

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  9. October 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    You’re right, our stories are remarkably similar this week. Great minds think alike! 🙂


  10. October 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Ooouuu, chilling! Great story Ali!


  11. October 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Oh my gosh this sent goosebumps down my spine! Straight out of a crime thriller.


  12. Dale
    October 20, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    What is it with serial killers and their trophies? These ones are definitely of a different sort… chilling.


  13. October 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Sinister and enthralling 🙂


  14. October 20, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    That is dark. Seems many FF participants are collecting the dead, or at least part of the dead. Still, a great story.


    • October 21, 2016 at 7:32 am

      I noticed that! I immediately saw “trophies”…


  15. October 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Come back from the dark side, Ali! Seriously, a good story. It never hurts to step out of the comfort zone. You’re showing your versatility.




    • October 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

      I would like to get back into the comic mood. Maybe next week a photo of bunny rabbits frolicking? But not near a main road. I blame the first “Dexter” book someone lent me recently 🙂 But I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  16. October 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Uh-oh, Ali. That is really dark and creepy. Good writing though. O_o — Suzanne


    • October 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      They’re getting darker every week 😦


  17. October 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Serial killers do love their trophies!! Very chilling story… and great writing!


  18. October 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    There is something even more sickening in the love of his trophies…


  19. gahlearner
    October 21, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I agree with what was said, great writing and very frightening. There are too many of those out there, trophies or not.


    • October 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Way too many. I’m glad you enjoyed the story!


  20. October 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    hoping against hope, he wasn’t collecting body parts. he was only after stuff he could steal from kids.


  21. October 22, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Spine chilling story . I just read it and was scared . Well done !


  22. October 22, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Dark and chilling story. Nice writing.


  23. October 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    That’s horrible and very effective


  24. October 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Purrfect writing again, Draliman, but oh, so… creepy… Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤


  25. October 23, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Okay I didn’t expect that. Here I thought he was all innocent. Good one, Ali!


    • October 23, 2016 at 5:43 am

      That was the plan. I’m glad you liked it!


  26. October 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Another dark one – well done, Ali! Maybe he’s just stealing, not killing, but that’s just wishful thinking. ☺


  27. October 23, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Yikes,,,and the children, no less!
    So sinister :/


  28. October 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Oh, how horrifying! A nice sentimental group of keepsakes, one might think! Or not. You’ve created a story that scared me and an eerily memorable character. Challenging to take this on in 100 words.


    • October 25, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Definitely not a nice little collection! I’m glad you enjoyed it/got freaked out 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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