Friday Fictioneers : Did she live alone?

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


‘Did she live alone?’ Franks scanned the dressing table: wrinkled takeaway pizza, an open bottle of wine, the usual female detritus that reminded him of his mother’s bedroom.

Laurie peered down at his notepad, mole-like eyes almost vanishing into his plump face. ‘No, sir. And never married.’

Never will now.

He glimpsed her in the mirror, arm splayed across the pillow, eyes turned to the door, as if expecting someone. Her hair was only just silvering.

‘Keep me informed of the lab results.’ He sloughed off the latex gloves like shed skin, gratefully heading for the door, the traffic buzz.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. See the pic and write a tale. If you feel like joining in or reading the other stories, pop along here.


42 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers : Did she live alone?

    1. Haha! We’re just a VERY grim set of people? It does look a little old – perhaps the thought it’s half eaten and why would someone leave half a pizza? The only answer there could possibly be is because they died in the middle of eating it! Thanks Neil 🙂


    1. Aw, Neel, that’s such a lovely thing to say. Thank you. I just imagined how I’d feel – the oppression of the room, of that sad scene of someone’s last moments. I think I’d be gratefull to get back out into the air, even if it was polluted! Thanks so much for reading 🙂


    1. Thank you Rochelle. I’ve known a few policemen – though none who have become detectives – and every one has been changed by what they’ve seen. Seeing the dark side of humanity day in and day out must warp how you view the world I think. Thank you so much for your kind comment 🙂


    1. Ooh, yes, that was grim, wasn’t it? Not sure if it was that one or ‘vanity’ that I found the most disturbing. Or ‘sloth’ – probably sloth. Oh, and of course there was Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in a box … Thanks Iain

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      1. Ooohhh…. do share with us when you do! I am a no.1 encourager and read all the books published by FF participants ..

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