Wednesday 12 September 2018

The Gift - Flash Fiction

This week's 100 word story based on the following picture prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The Gift 

It took all of my strength to smile and thank her graciously as two men carried it inside.
Gwen’s moving in gift. Apparently, Tom had always wanted this clock... so here we were. This gothic monstrosity had no place in my modern, minimalist living space. I offered her a drink as she made herself at home.
‘Now you have no excuse dear.’
A dig at my timekeeping. The knife kept turning.
‘Never late for Matt though, are you?’ Her eyes scanned my face, searching for guilt.
‘Time to go Gwen.’
Asphyxiation by clock. Terrible way to die. Slow and painful.

*Thank you to Rochelle for this week's picture prompt. If you wish to read more stories based on this prompt - click here


  1. Dear Bettina,

    you leave me to wonder how asphyxiation by clock is possible. Over time, I suppose. ;) I could feel the sparks fly between the two women. Nicely done.



    1. Dear Rochelle,

      It toppled and crushed her :)

      Bettina x

  2. I'm not sure who to feel sympathetic towards! Gwen for suffering a slow death or your protagonist for being found out! Nicely done, Bettina.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  3. Novel way to commit murder. I agree it is a monstrosity for a living room though :-)

  4. Gwen knows too much - she has to go. Great take. Jilly, Sugar on the Bee.

  5. Yes Gwen was turning the knife. Was she mother in law?

  6. I would feel the same, but I don't know if i would be that calm. Nicely done.

  7. Oops! Time out for Gwen as she knew too much I guess.

  8. Perhaps she will learn better timekeeping skills in jail. Nice story.


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