Bang – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
And today she also contributes this sunny photo which takes me immediately to my happy place.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Click here to hear me read my 1-minute story:
Bang

The explosion brightens the sky.
Just for a split second, it is daylight again.
I stare up at where, moments before, the plane was.
The plane flying my wife back to France.
And her sister, of course, but she is no great loss to anyone.
My wife, however, is – was – a lovely lady.
She did not deserve to die in this way, in what looks like an act of brutal terrorism.
Even with all today’s security checks, it is still possible to get an explosive device through.
And I know how.
Sorry, sweetheart, but I really need the insurance payout.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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116 Responses to Bang – Friday Fictioneers

  1. magarisa says:

    At least he said sorry to her in his head. 😛 Love the dark twist!

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  2. I have come to terribly like your innate devilish streak, Mr Ceayr.

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  3. I began to get suspicious when the best words he could find to describe his wife were “lovely lady”. Doubtless he was the one to suggest she take out insurance in the first place. I do hope you’re not plotting any heinous acts anytime soon, CE 😉

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  4. subroto says:

    At least she went out with a bang.

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  5. Sheesh, wonder how much her life was worth.

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  6. Michael Wynn says:

    Last line thud to the solar plexus. The build up was great, lamenting the loss of his wife but she was sacrificed nonetheless

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  7. I am now beginning to doubt if all so called acts of terrorism had insurance seekers behind them. Lol 😁 Nice one. You had us till the last line. Wicked!!!!!!

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  8. That was quite the twist at the end! At first it was the grieving husband, who earned a TM after that description!

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  9. You have this way of sneaking that last line in and uprooting the whole tree. 🙂

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  10. jellico84 says:

    Oh, wow! Hearing it read really rocks it! Oh, so coldly calculated a plan. Loved it! I can almost hear the explosion…no, wait, that’s just another tree limb being pulled off the roof.

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  11. Callous to the core.
    You were a real stinker in the account – you had me really oozing till I read the last line!

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  12. Even a charming brogue can’t redeem him from this one, the nasty dobber. Man, I was listening along, and feeling sorry for him… for the briefest of seconds. Now I’m spewing Scottish insults!

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  13. That’s a kicker of a last line! (Or should it be “killer”?)

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  14. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    I don’t know why week after week I am surprised by your dark twists. I should know better by now. Once again I had hopes that this was a romantic tale, I even forgave you the line about the sister-in-law, then I discovered how heartless your main character was. Nicely done.

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    • ceayr says:

      Oh jings, what can I say?
      Except yes, you should know better by now!
      But, in my defence, the sister-in-law was a real piece of work, honestly, nobody liked her.
      Thank you.

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  15. mandibelle16 says:

    Lol a classic CE story. I guess this guy knows exactly what his priorities are and in what order. Sad she was second place to money. Did he owe someone a lot or did he just feel the however many millions he’d receive made up for not having his wife? Hugs CE.

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  16. liz young says:

    I like your story but I don’t like you mcuh – what did she do to deserve that?

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  17. wmqcolby says:

    I laughed so hard at this one. I saw it all coming, but I wondered in what way it was going to come. Brilliant, C.E.!

    Five out of five Molotov Cocktails.

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  18. rgayer55 says:

    Once he collects the insurance, he can always find another wife. Although a sister-in-law that like may be hard to replace.

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  19. writelindy says:

    Whatever do you have in your devious mind? A true twist in the tale.

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  20. Rowena says:

    Deary me! If this took you to your happy place, I’d hate to see you on a bad day. That said, maybe the prospect of all that insurance money made him rather happy after all.
    xx Rowena

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    • ceayr says:

      I don’t have bad days, Rowena, I live in paradise and write fiction.
      Thank you for the xx, I am smiling now!

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      • Rowena says:

        Pleased you’re smiling now! I’m pleased your work is fiction and also relieved. Otherwise, the police would’ve locked you up awhile ago!
        Hope you have a great week and I look forward to this week’s installment!
        xx (again!)
        Rowena

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  21. Rommy says:

    Damn, that’s cold! It made me giggle.

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    • ceayr says:

      I am seriously concerned about my lady readers.
      I blow aeroplanes out of the sky and you are amused?
      Maybe I will destroy a city or two next week and give you a belly laugh!

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  22. A great title! So much meaning in just one syllable! Loved the story too!

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  23. You have increased the bodycount so it’s enough for everyone… I wonder if his brother in law will get money for the sister too…

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  24. Hi Ceayr, you are surely turning into the master of sadistic endings, aren’t you? Great piece of writing.

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  25. You can certainly deliver an ending. I’m laughing so hard my cheeks hurt. Thank you for this.

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  26. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, you cad! Bumping off a plane full of filk for the insurance money? Bounder. And her a sweet lovely soul too? Depravity. Wonderfully spun as usual, C. Does your skill at murder know no bounds? 🙂

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  27. sailajaP14 says:

    Oh my! I didn’t see that coming!

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  28. The motive is always money, isn’t it? People’s greed causes so much harm.

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  29. Dale says:

    Your happy place… I knew it would be his fault!

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  30. The Voice says:

    Is it wrong that I love the darkness that you keep putting on display here, week after week? So terribly, wonderfully wicked.

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  32. James says:

    Yikes! Hope he gets caught.

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  33. michael1148humphris says:

    Nasty, this story shook me. Well done.

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  34. Another nasty piece of work. I wasn’t expecting that cruel ending;

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  35. Vaidehi Soni says:

    You tell it so easily.. like it’s what any person would do… Gave me chills. Very nicely done. 🙂

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  36. I expected that, what with all your previous happy and uplifting stories. 🙂 Good read, indeed.

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  37. Dear CE,

    Happy spot! Devious husband.You frighten me, sweetheart.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • ceayr says:

      Don’t worry your pretty little purple head, m’lady, and stay well clear of flights with my wife, imaginary or otherwise.
      Did I mention that my sister-in-law, equally imaginary, is called Dale?

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  38. beautyswot says:

    I do love a good twist in a tale & this was strangely charming! the pull between love and the lure of money. Well done!

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  39. Iain Kelly says:

    I was just waiting for him to admit it. Your happy place indeed!

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  40. granonine says:

    OH! Great job of taking me my surprise.

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  41. That’s what you call collateral damage! Great reveal at the end!

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  42. gahlearner says:

    Such horrible deeds, and you have that unique talent at making me laugh out loud at the outrageousness of it all. Happy place indeed…

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  43. Oh cold! It’s a picture of sunshine! Yikes! Good characterization that I can dislike this guy so much in 100 words.

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  44. Boo. Hiss! (Very well written)

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  45. neilmacdon says:

    You, Sir, have a black black heart. But on the plus side you have a silver tongue

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