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FF – Roses

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

Copyright David Stewart

Smiling ruefully, he realised he’d made two lunches again. Sometimes he thought he could hear her. Any little noise in the house, in the garden. Like she was still there.

Sometimes he forgot she was gone.

She had been a good wife. She kept the house well. If only she hadn’t been such a nag. Do this, do that, you’re lazy, lazy!

It was enough to drive a man to murder.

Shrugging, he shuffled over to the back window. His rose bushes were flourishing. Ironically, though she hadn’t been much of a gardener in life, his wife made fantastic fertiliser.

  1. April 7, 2022 at 3:34 pm



  2. April 7, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    That high fibre diet worked wonders!


  3. April 7, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    That seems to have worked out rather nicely for them both


    • April 8, 2022 at 12:29 pm

      For him and the rose bushes, yes!


  4. April 7, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    i guess you can only push somebody so far. 😦


  5. April 7, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Oh, dear! Nagging can be deadly! 😀


  6. April 8, 2022 at 2:37 am

    This was hilarious and well-written.
    Poor wife. She was good for shit 😅😅😅


  7. April 8, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    I like a story with a happy ending!


    • April 8, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      I always like to provide my readers with a happy and uplifting experience!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. April 8, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Oh dear.


  9. April 9, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Oh dear, that twist turned my chair. Well done.


  10. April 9, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I like the way you’ve shown that your MC is elderly, by his absentmindedness and the way he ‘shuffles’ to the back window.


    • April 10, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks, that’s exactly how I was imagining him.


  11. April 10, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Oh boy. What a twist. Fertiliser!! It doesn’t pay to be a nagger.


  12. April 10, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Strange dichotomy between affection and murder. I hope it was a painless death.


  13. April 10, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    I knew where that was going. But it’s good to see that after so many years of her treating him like shit, that he is now treating her like literal shit…


    • April 10, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      I had a choice of two similar stories, so I went for the murder…


  14. April 11, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Blood and bone, I swear by it for lawns.


  15. April 11, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    Still, I’m sure the extra lunch won’t go to waste.


    • April 12, 2022 at 6:07 am

      I’m sure it won’t. I’d certainly eat it if I accidentally made an extra lunch.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. April 11, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I hate to admit it but I let out a hearty chuckle at the last line.




    • April 12, 2022 at 6:08 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      It’s that old dark humour 🙂


  17. April 12, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Good long term fertilizer… beware of the thorns, though! Fun take.


  18. April 12, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    It’s never too late to find one’s purpose.


  19. April 14, 2022 at 4:20 am

    She was good for something!


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