Innocent – 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.
This week’s photo prompt, obviously an old shot of the Jolly Green Giant, is by the delightful Connie Gayer.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Connie Gayer

Click here to hear the writer read his words:


Where is her body?
They ask me that a thousand times.
I tell them again the hole is for a cherry tree.
She went to buy it.
She did not come back.
Instead the police arrived.
They got an anonymous call about a domestic disturbance.
Not for the first time.
We have come to blows before, I admit.
They found her blood on an axe in the bedroom.
They know I have a history of violence.
They know I have a mistress.
They don’t even need a body.
I am going to prison.
She is much smarter than I thought.

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36 Responses to Innocent – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Well written, great twist. I really admire her. 🙂


  2. Somehow, halfway through, at the line “We have come to blows before, I admit” the tables were going to turn. Well done.


  3. subroto says:

    He thought he had her but she played him well. The body count remains at 0 and 1 in this clever tale 🙂


  4. Be sure, your sins will find you out, young lady…or not. Bloody good yarn.

    Click to read my FriFic tale


  5. Rowena says:

    Very clever, CE. You strike again. He thought he only had to watch out for his wife, and didn’t factor you into the equation.
    Best wishes,


  6. Reminded me too of Gone girl. Great build-up and denouement!


  7. Well told. He’s safe at present — at least here in Canada the police cant charge anyone with murder if they don’t have a body — but he’ll never have any peace until she turns up somehow. Reaping for past sins and all that.


  8. How did they know it was her blood? Rather presumptuous, don’t you think?


  9. pennygadd51 says:

    What an excellent story. Why should we believe a word the narrator tells us? He’s not under oath…very ambiguous, CE!


  10. Indira says:

    Could he not murder her? Little lost here.


  11. Lynn Love says:

    I knew a blow was going to fall by the end, but wasn’t expecting that! What a cunning plan, though part of me wonders if he didn’t deserve it. Was this the only way she could escape his violence? Beautifully constructed and wonderful writing


  12. Dale says:

    It’s about time… 😉


  13. Sandra says:

    This sounds ominously like a scene from Gone Girl. And that IS smart, setting him up like that. Nicely done, CE.


  14. jillyfunnell says:

    I think you’ve definitely captured a psychopath.


  15. James says:

    It’s interesting how this photo has inspired such stories from a number of authors. Yikes.


  16. Sharper than the ax… too bad for him to spend time for a crime he might have done…


  17. Dear CE,

    She’s a sharp one indeed. So much for the cherry tree.




  18. neilmacdon says:

    Perfectly formed

    Liked by 1 person

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