House of Flawed Flowers — Friday Fictioneers 6/5/19

I haven’t played “Friday Fictioneers” in a long time, but today when I saw the picture I couldn’t help myself. I take no responsibility for the subject matter. It was the jacket hanging on the end of the banister that did it. Honestly — I couldn’t help it.Β  πŸ™‚Β  And the weirdest thing is that it came out at exactly 99 words without any editing. Go figure.

Here’s the picture prompt courtesy of Ceayr



It was a unique little operation. Nothing like the β€œred-light” districts Derek had been used to. No money actually changed hands here. Men who used the service hung their jackets on the end of the stair banister with the fee in the pocket. Once they were ensconced upstairs, Madam Beatrice relieved the jacket of its contents, and replaced it for the client to retrieve when finished. She even included an innocuous receipt for tax purposes: β€œOne House Special – $100.” Derek had a desk drawer full of those receipts, but he couldn’t use them. His wife was his accountant.




47 thoughts on “House of Flawed Flowers — Friday Fictioneers 6/5/19

    1. I figure there are lots of people who do. And so help me, I don’t know where this idea came from — except that when I saw that jacket, it just all seemed to fit together.

  1. Dear Sandra,

    Unique little operation they have going on there. Clever and imaginative. And nice to see you back in the neighborhood. πŸ˜€



    1. Thanks, Rochelle. My first shock was when the idea came to me, but my biggest shock was when I discovered it came out right at 99 words. For me that’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime event. πŸ™‚

  2. Funny story. All neat and tidy until we get to the last line.
    I suspect his accountant will eventually discover funds missing from their mutual treasury?

    1. No doubt — unless he’s smarter than that — which I seriously doubt, considering his habitual “indiscretions.” He doesn’t sound like a particularly intelligent man to me.

    1. Thank you. You just never know what tiny little thing will spark creativity. I’ll probably be using this example in my creative writing classes this next term because I’m always trying to impress my students with how important it is to notice and record any details that catch your attention — because they may be the spark they’ll need down the road. So this little story will serve two purposes for me.
      Thanks for liking the story and for becoming a follower.

    1. My original thought was the possibility of his trying to pass them off as “business lunches,” but, of course, that’s a stretch. But, then again, we’re working with fiction here, so maybe …..
      Thanks for the encouraging review.

    1. Thank you for the encouraging comment. And yes, it might be okay to show the receipts to his wife — but, then again — it could possibly lead to his coming to the same kind of end that Rochelle’s main character experienced.

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