Fingernails – 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 this week
she also provides her own cheery little photo as the prompt!
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Click here to hear the writer read his words:


I check my fingernails.
They are filthy, packed with earthy crud, like hardened brown mud.
I sigh.
It has been a long, difficult day.
Not all my tasks fell within my area of expertise.
Like the flowers.
I have never planted anything before.
But a man’s gotta do…
I stagger to the bathroom, discarding clothes as I go.
I stand under the shower, the water scalding hot.
The muck dissolves slowly.
It runs away in streams of brown, red, and then pink.
The blood is soon gone.
Tomorrow I will check her grave again.
Make sure it can’t be seen.

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47 Responses to Fingernails – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Seems to be a running theme, the underpass leads to dark roads and thoughts, brilliant stuff


  2. lisarey1990 says:

    Brilliantly creepy & dark.


  3. An elegant and creepy tale, leaving sinister hints, especially the shower running with blood. Like the cool detachment of the narrator.


  4. granonine says:

    Gave me the shudders. I started to suspect when you talked about planting flowers. . . then the shower, just plain creepy!


  5. James McEwan says:

    Dark and sinister. Although I am not sure about going back to the scene of the crime, what if she has gone!


  6. Oh no. Rule number 1… Never return to the scene. Great story


  7. He’s going to get caught.
    But you didn’t hear that from me!


  8. Dale says:

    Some days are more difficult than others…Wash away the day and start afresh tomorrow…


  9. A man’s gotta do alright, just not sure my gardening skills are even up to his level, I don’t think I could pull it off. 🙂


  10. Quite the gentlemanly killer, doesn’t enjoy getting his hands dirty but what’s there to be done. The flowers are a superb touch, quite daring on his part not wanting the grave to be noticed. Clever story!


  11. Rather than concentrating on improving your gardening skills, perhaps you should go with artificial flowers. So much easier and faster, plus they don’t wilt or loose their blooms in the fall.


  12. I’ll be seeking help if ever I need to do this – yours probably as you are experienced in these matters!


  13. Abhijit Ray says:

    It is not easy to bury someone all by oneself. That too when the aim is grave should not be visible. Hardwork indeed!


  14. 4963andypop says:

    I love the line about tasks not being “in my area of expertise.” It leads to all sorts of questions. Do murderers specialize? Do they refuse work offered to them as being out of their comfort zone or too easy? Though Id just s soon not find out. 😊


  15. I was sure this cheery picture would contain a body… I think putting flower on her grave might be a giveaway for it to be found though


  16. Indira says:

    Likable or not, very clever killer. Beautifully written. I thought wow, planting flowers then it stuck hard. You are good at it.


  17. Why did he plant the flowers, I wonder. The next line answers that …’a man’s gotta do. A gentlemen killer, I suppose. Good writing, Ceayr.


  18. Hmm… makes you wonder. Why the flowers? Great visual!


  19. jillyfunnell says:

    I don’t think the day will come when he can stop checking the visibility of that grave. Good take.


  20. Dear CE,

    Better he’d just planted the flowers. Somehow, I didn’t feel a lot of sympathy for him at the end. Happy birthday.




  21. Sandra says:

    Nice touch – the flowers. Your man’s all heart… Hope you’ve recovered from any birthday celebrations. 🙂


  22. Chilling story! Very well written.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  23. Nice piece! 🙂
    We both saw the dark grave in the pic! 😉


  24. As always, cleverly constructed and dark!


  25. Iain Kelly says:

    I saw the same opportunity for disposal, it does lend itself. I wonder why Rochelle was there…?


  26. michael1148humphris says:

    I am not sure I should like this.😉

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Ooh very dark! Wonder what she did to warrant an end like that.


  28. neilmacdon says:

    Nice that he planted flowers


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