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FF – You Can’t Get the Staff

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Jean L. Hays.

Copyright Jean L Hays

 

“Ooh, a surprise by the gate, I wonder what it could be?”

Nancy excitedly opened the box. She peeled back the lid and froze. Eyes wide, she dropped it, screaming. Her husband’s head rolled out, dead eyes staring at her as she sank to her knees.

Her fists clenched, resolve fixing her features. Trey Walker. She would track him down. She would track him down, by God, and she would… have very stern words with him.

She’d told him specifically to leave the head round the back.

Out of sight.

You just can’t get the staff these days.

 

  1. July 15, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Yes, good staff that pay attention to instructions are hard to find. 😀

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  2. July 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Oh I do love that. Well done sir!

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  3. July 15, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Why can’t delivery people follow simple instructions?!

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    • July 16, 2020 at 3:57 am

      I know! She should be counting herself lucky they didn’t bung it over the gate and have it splatter all over her driveway.

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  4. July 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Nice twist

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  5. July 16, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Ha! I love the turnabout in your story. Well done!

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    • July 16, 2020 at 4:07 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. July 16, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Haha so dark and nasty. Loved it.

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    • July 18, 2020 at 3:42 am

      She doesn’t sound a particularly nice person. I’m glad you liked it!

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  7. July 16, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Thank goodness Trey is keeping his head, though perhaps not his job 🙂

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  8. July 16, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    As they say – he had one job…

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  9. Mer O'Leary
    July 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    What’s in the box? Oh…just my ex-husbands head. Nothing of particular value.

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  10. July 16, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    I didn’t expect to head in that direction! Nice one.

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  11. July 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    nice one. what a twist. 🙂

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  12. July 16, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Sorry, rear delivery is not available. The carrier can’t reach your back door by chucking the package out of his truck as per standard procudure…

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    • July 18, 2020 at 3:52 am

      He could have taken it out and given it a good kick, football style.

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  13. July 16, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Why are simple instructions so very difficult to follow?
    He best watch himself or she’ll have his head, too!

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    • July 18, 2020 at 3:53 am

      She really thought Trey had his head screwed on. He’d better get with it before she finds someone to screw it off.

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  14. July 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Now I wasn’t expecting that!! What an imagination you have. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • July 18, 2020 at 4:04 am

      She wasn’t expecting that either! At least not round the front. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  15. July 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Indeed. You can’t just leave heads laying around like that. Tidiness is the ticket to success.

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    • July 18, 2020 at 4:04 am

      What was he thinking? No performance bonus for Trey this month.

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  16. July 17, 2020 at 12:24 am

    lol, I know, the help these days…

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    • July 18, 2020 at 4:05 am

      Back in my day people knew how to follow simple instructions…

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  17. July 17, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Dear Ali,

    Your story gives new meaning to the old expression, follow orders or heads will roll. Great twist.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • July 18, 2020 at 4:06 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Ha yes, it happened literally this time! I’m glad you liked it.
      Ali

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  18. July 17, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Jolly little tale

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  19. July 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

    If it had been my delivery driver he would have thrown it over the wall. Oh wait, that’s only when it’s marked ‘fragile – with care’.

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    • July 18, 2020 at 4:07 am

      I always mark my packages “Please kick around the warehouse”. Takes all the fun out of it for them.

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  20. July 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Wow, that story started with a bang, er, a head. I sense there were unresolved marriage problems. Good one, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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  21. July 17, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Ha! Well then … Something tells me some more heads would roll off for this …

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  22. July 18, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    A crazy twist as always. Love it!

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  23. July 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    He’ll learn better than to beTrey her.

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  24. July 18, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Okay that ending is too funny. I love the multiple twists in such a short story.

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    • July 19, 2020 at 5:01 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my twisty little tale!

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  25. July 18, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Ali, I guess you’re right. It IS hard to find good help these days. Hilarious!

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    • July 19, 2020 at 5:01 am

      You can’t trust anyone to do what they’re told. I’m glad you liked it!

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  26. July 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Ha! Ha! Nice one, maybe she should give Trey a poor rating in Google Reviews or AirTasker or wherever she hired him from.

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    • July 19, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      One star on hire-a-henchman.com 🙂

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  27. July 19, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Crikey. What a cold-blooded woman. Really good writing 🙂

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  28. July 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Love the contrast between the down to earth start of the story and the gruesome ending. What will she write on the Returns Form ?

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    • July 21, 2020 at 5:44 am

      Whatever it is she’ll have to be quick, it’s starting to “go off” 🙂

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  29. July 21, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Yikes🙊😸Extra Pawkisses🐾😽💞

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  30. Lyn
    July 21, 2020 at 8:54 am

    You never disappoint D-man 😀

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  31. July 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Trey better watch his step! She’s gonna give him… a bad rating on Amazon.

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