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FF – Memorial Rose

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

Copyright Dale Rogerson

Beth stroked the rose petals. She had snagged the flower from Jake’s funeral. A bit of a risk – Jake’s widow, Margie, might have seen her, but Jake had loved roses.

Such a shame – “accidental shooting”. Wrong place, wrong time.

It had become obvious, over the past few months, that Jake was never going to leave Margie. Beth had got this lovely flat out of him, though.

Surely, if she wanted the flower to remember him by, she wasn’t the psychopath that quack had said she was?

Anyway, no time to dawdle. She had a pistol to dispose of.

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  1. May 11, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    And no doubt another lover to move onto as well.


  2. May 11, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Oh dear!
    Smooth operator.


  3. May 11, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    I think she may be right. The rose is a sentimental touch not given to psychopaths. Unless, of course, it’s really a trophy


  4. May 11, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I’m surprised she isn’t saving the pistol for her next victim.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      She’s very careful. I’m sure the next one will accidentally fall over a cliff.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. May 11, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Jake did his time… ahem. Until the next one comes along 😉


  6. May 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    A sinister story!


  7. May 12, 2022 at 9:53 am

    That’s the trouble with pistols; they will kill people if they’re mishandled. Not that Beth was mishandling it; she knew exactly what she was doing. Do you suppose Jake will haunt the flat?

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2022 at 3:04 pm

      Ooh, I hope so! Though that might just prompt her to find a new victim more quickly…


    • May 14, 2022 at 10:34 pm

      I like that idea. Him haunting her. He comes back when the next guy moves in. But is he upset that another man is living in the apartment he gave her or is he trying to warn the next guy?
      If he’s not the first, are their other ghosts in her life?


  8. May 12, 2022 at 10:21 am

    She seems to have her priorities right. Get flat, get rid of indecisive love, get trophy, get rid of pistol. Great sinister fun.


  9. May 12, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Dear Ali

    Of course Beth isn’t a psychopath. Wink wink.




    • May 12, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Perish the thought! Wink wink.


  10. May 12, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Waiting until after the funeral to dispose of the murder weapon? She’s not going to cut it as a serial killer making those kind of mistakes…

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 12, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      Ha, no! That is quite a few days. Not a mistake Zeeba would make. She wouldn’t bother hiding it at all…


  11. May 12, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Right. The criminally insane have such busy lives with plotting and scheming— kind of like writers. 🙂


  12. May 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder, how often can Beth get away with using men, until they have outgrown their usefulness. Probably as often as possible, if she devises new methods of getting rid of them


    • May 13, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Yes, she just has to be a bit cunning about it all. Gunshot, fell off a boat, crushed by a falling piano…

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Lyn
    May 13, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Sheeesh… me thinks she’s one scary female.


  14. May 13, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    She got what she wanted and it seems he was of no use anymore. What’s next on her list, and who will provide it I wonder.


    • May 15, 2022 at 6:00 am

      Perhaps someone who deals in luxury cars. She’s feeling the need for speed…


  15. May 13, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    like they say, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.


  16. May 13, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    A bit of a risk taker, still having the gun on her at the funeral.
    I guess if she coulnd’t have him, no one was. Loved it …
    Have a wonderful weekend …
    Isadora 😎


    • May 15, 2022 at 6:01 am

      Yes, really pushing her luck! You have a good weekend too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  17. May 13, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Wow, Beth is a cold one. Very well told, Ali!


    • May 15, 2022 at 6:01 am

      She’s out for what she can get and no-one’s getting in her way 😮


  18. May 14, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    She’s an intriguing blend of cold-hearted killer and sentimental softie.


  19. May 15, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Maybe go duck hunting before disposing of the weapon? She’s the kind of villain we love to hate, but wouldn’t life be less interesting without psychos peppered here and there? 😉


  20. May 16, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Jake was clearly a snake that needed to be put down😇

    Liked by 1 person

  21. May 16, 2022 at 12:33 am

    We already know she’s good at disposing of people. A gun shouldn’t be too hard. Though, those trophies always come back to haunt killers.


    • May 18, 2022 at 5:38 am

      Hopefully she won’t do something as obvious as “throw it in the canal” – that’s the first place they always look.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. May 17, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Great story, guns are so troublesome


    • May 18, 2022 at 5:39 am

      Yes, you can’t really dissolve them or chop them up into unrecognisable pieces.


  23. May 23, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Excellent end…well…of the story of course😹More Pawkisses🐾😽💞


    • May 24, 2022 at 6:09 am

      Yes, not such a good end for him 🙂


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