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FF – Tangled

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo was contributed by Victor and Sarah Potter.

I don’t even know what I’ve written this week. It’s a bit silly. Me? Silly? Surely not.

 

Three homes with three families. Kids all over the place, probably more he didn’t know about. Bank accounts everywhere. Identities out the wazoo – even he sometimes got confused who he was supposed to be from one day to the next.

Scamming him, conning her, no wait, she was to be family number four – or was she? Scam or marry? Or both?

How to keep everything in order?

Circles within circles. Webs cast everywhere. How long before one of those webs caught him?

The heat was on.

It’s a complicated life being a gigolo con-spider.

 

  1. January 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Reminds me of someone, but he’s more like a rat. πŸ˜€

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    • January 11, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Heh, it does, very true πŸ™‚

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  2. January 10, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    A life I’ve always craved!

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  3. January 10, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    He sounds like the sort of guy who will always manage to wriggle his way out of any tricky situation that may arise!

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  4. January 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Sounds like he thrives on drama … make that dramas. He’ll be caught out sooner or later!

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  5. January 10, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Sometime ago, I responded to a photo prompt of three women taking to the manager of a restaurant with a similar story. They’d each found out they were married to the same man who had swindled them out of their money. They went looking for him.

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:00 am

      I’ve seen the occasional news article too – this sort of thing does happen.

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  6. January 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Hah! Very good and I loved the last line.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  7. January 10, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    “gigolo con-spider” Ha-ha-ha!! Hilarious! πŸ™‚

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  8. January 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    The male spider always loses in the end. Yum, yum.

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  9. Lyn
    January 11, 2018 at 1:32 am

    LOL wonderful take on the picture, D-Man πŸ˜€

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  10. January 11, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Hahaha… dangerous con spider!

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  11. January 11, 2018 at 2:41 am

    What a “tangled” web he has woven.indeed! And yes, the male spider always loses, no matter how hard he tries to con his way out of it. Funny take!

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:02 am

      It’s all going to come crashing down…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  12. January 11, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Spider web is always thought-provoking to me. Writing a poem or story about it is quite poetic.

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:03 am

      There are so many ways to go, both literal and metaphorical.

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  13. Dale
    January 11, 2018 at 3:43 am

    It’s definitely a question of time before he is caught and dealt with – as Tracey said: Yum yum!

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:03 am

      He’s living for the moment with little thought to the dire consequences… πŸ™‚

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      • Dale
        January 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

        Which can be exhilarating. Or fatal.

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      • January 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

        Definitely not a life for me!

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  14. January 11, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Superbly written. I could totally imagine this

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  15. January 11, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Ha ha ha ha. That was so much fun. We had a trashy movie come out on a similar topic a couple of years back, which became a surprise hit. It was about one man who gets married to three women ‘accidentally’ (don’t ask) and keeps them on three separate floors in the same apartment building. None of them, obviously, is aware of the existence of the other two. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis_Kisko_Pyaar_Karoon

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:05 am

      That sounds like a fun film! I could imagine Cary Grant in such a role.

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  16. January 11, 2018 at 6:31 am

    somehow it has to come full circle and when that happens he’s all done. i see no hope, only despair.

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    • January 11, 2018 at 8:05 am

      There’s no way out for our spider. Sooner or later, he’s done for.

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  17. January 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

    What a tangled web he’s woven! Brilliant.

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    • January 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Indeed, I’m glad you liked it!

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  18. January 11, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Fun story, Draliman.
    I send prayers for him.πŸ˜€

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    • January 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks! I expect there are a lot of people he’s swindled who are praying something nasty happens to him πŸ™‚

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  19. January 11, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I think he may be about to spin for the last time. Nice take.

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    • January 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      It’s time he moved to a nice quiet corner of the world. But he always thinks he’ll get away with it…

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  20. January 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Poor “gigolo con-spider”! But he’ll always find his way out, I guess.
    Nicely done, Ali. πŸ˜€

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    • January 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      He has a knack of getting out of tight scrapes. I’m glad you liked it!

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  21. January 11, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    What’s a con-spider?

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    • January 11, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      It’s like a con-man/con-artist. Only a spider πŸ™‚ I made it up!

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      • January 11, 2018 at 4:14 pm

        No wonder I didn’t find it, then! πŸ˜€ He’ll get caught in his own web some day, I’d say πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • January 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm

        I think that day is fast approaching πŸ™‚

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  22. January 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    So if I squished him like the bug he is, I’d really be killing about ten spiders at once? Good!

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  23. January 12, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Looks like Spiderman goes wrong…or just in circles…MOL πŸ˜€ Great fantasy, Draliman πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

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  24. January 12, 2018 at 9:28 am

    This guy is a one-man population explosion. If he’s caught he better hope the police throw him in jail quick before the women catch up with him. Good writing, Ali. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • January 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Yes, he might turn himself in for his own protection πŸ™‚

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  25. January 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave!” I really enjoyed your story and the twist at the end!! =)

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    • January 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I bet there are people out there who have tangled themselves into similar lives πŸ™‚

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  26. January 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Yep….methinks he’s about to get caught in his own web. Perhaps his wives will share the feast when they eat him alive. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • January 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      That will be a nice shared experience for them all. They may even become friends!
      I’m glad you liked it.
      Ali

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  27. January 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Gigolo con-spider. Love that. Stupid guy, though, to think he could pull it off.

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  28. January 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    He’s going of get so unstuck one of these days. Being a con-spider, will all three wives want to eat him? Will prospective wife number 4 be allowed a bite? I’m just wondering how he/ the spoils will be divided.

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    • January 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      I reckon they’ll all get a portion. It’s only fair πŸ™‚

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  29. January 13, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    really cool – and the last line added extra humor – but some folks really do have a web of lies that circle – and love how that flowed from this image – nice writing D

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    • January 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Yes, I occasionally read a news story about someone who has got themselves in a similar situation. Only last week a bigamist in this country was rumbled when wife number one caught a glimpse of him on TV with wife number two.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

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      • January 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm

        oh wow – going on TV was not a good idea when there was shenanigans in the works!

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      • January 14, 2018 at 6:37 am

        I think it was one of those programmes where something is pulled on unsuspecting members of the public. Heh heh πŸ™‚

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      • January 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

        hahah – you are really witty draliman

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      • January 14, 2018 at 6:48 am

        πŸ™‚

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  30. January 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Super twisted ending. Fun story

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    • January 14, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  31. January 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Silly, indeed! πŸ˜‰

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  32. January 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Gigolo con-spider! πŸ˜‚

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  33. January 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Ha! What a tangled web! Great story πŸ™‚

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    • January 15, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  34. January 14, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Ha… sometimes I feel that some predators will catch themselves in the end.

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    • January 15, 2018 at 7:58 am

      This one certainly will. It’s all gone out of control.

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