Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Stories

100-Word Challenge for Grownups, Week 149: ‘A Dirge for April Fools’

Well, I seem to be in some kind of MOOD today. Julia posted her 100-word story challenge this morning, and chose a light, springy, happy subject: April. So what did I do with it?  See below, but please don’t ask me why?  I simply have no idea.

Exif JPEGA DIRGE FOR APRIL FOOLS

April. Marcus had promised to come to her in April. She’d have a white gown and bouquet of pink azaleas.

February. She’d believed Peter when he’d told her of Marcus’ infidelity and comforted her grief. So she’d married Peter on the last day of March – mere hours before Marcus’ brother arrived, bringing her the coffin containing her beloved’s body – slain at Peter’s hand.

April 1st. She buried Marcus and planted a pink azalea bush upon his grave. That night, as Peter slept, she drove a knife into his heart – and then into her own – her final breath a benediction: “Rest in peace, Marcus.”

 

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15 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups, Week 149: ‘A Dirge for April Fools’”

    1. It’ll never match Shakespeare, but then he wasn’t restricted to 100 words. I would really like to see what he could come up with in only 100 words because, overall, he was a pretty ‘wordy’ fellow.

    1. Ha ha, Gerry, you’re a riot. I’m just glad to know I was able to come up with something light after this. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever write “normal” stuff again after “Innocent” and now this. I don’t mind turning over a new leaf, but I wouldn’t want to get stuck in these deadly encounters for too long at a time.

    1. Thank you Sheila. I was actually referring to the fact that, over all, I much prefer writing — and reading — stories with happy endings, and since Gerry’s followed my blog for a long time, he knew that. I’ve done a few other flash fiction pieces that left a negative scent, but all my novels have very positive conclusions. However, I have been concentrating on some pretty serious stuff associated with murder and death this past month. Just finished a novelette about those subjects, and it had a pretty unhappy ending too. For me that isn’t normal. But I do try to go where the creativity takes me, and this month, it’s been into the dark side.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s encouraging to know you felt it was well done.

      1. I did think it was well done, but then I have a penchant for dark fiction. I can write pieces with a lot of humor, but it is the psyche of people that intrigue me most. I agree with you, we should always go where creativity takes us.

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