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Frightened to Death

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. Rochelle’s 100 word photo prompt.


“OK.” Demanded the detective. “From the beginning.”

“Not too much to tell. I came into the pub and spotted them standing at the bar.”


“I accused her of being unfaithful. Told her I was going to kill her.”

“You pointed the gun at her… right? What happened then?”

“This man standing next to her…said he didn’t even know her…”


“I pointed my gun and pulled the trigger. She dropped dead.”


“I turned around to him, the smoking gun still in my hand but with no intention of shooting him.”


“He jumped out of his shoes.”

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Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

6 comments on “Frightened to Death

  1. Christine Goodnough
    September 20, 2017

    Not often the one who does the deed is so willing to confess. But the other guy must have been out of those shoes for a long time for spider webs to grow in them. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • bbryanthomas
      September 21, 2017

      True. I think I mistook the prompt this time. As always, looking for a quick solution.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Christine Goodnough
        September 21, 2017

        Well, as Rochelle says, It’s not what you look at but what you see. So you’re good. Your shooter must have a lot of trouble maintaining a relationship. He’ll probably get “Not guilty by reason of insanity” — as in “insanely jealous.” 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Bridgesburning Chris
    September 21, 2017

    I am glad I skipped that particular bar that night!


  3. KathrinS
    September 21, 2017

    Wow – surprise ending! What an interesting – if violent – short story.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rgayer55
    September 21, 2017

    He likely soiled his underwear as well.

    Liked by 1 person

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