Deception – 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.
his week’s industrious prompt photo comes courtesy of Sandra Crook, a class act as a writer and a person.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Sandra Crook

Click here to hear the writer read his words:


You know what Sir Walter Scott said, I ask.
looks understandably confused.
Of course not, I say, you have no education and no culture.
Her eyes go wide with hurt.
You’re a musician, I nod, what did I expect?
She jerks her head from side to side.
With Portuguese Tony, I add, he’s supposed to be my friend.
She slumps, resigned.
I check the ropes
around her wrists and ankles.
The gag doesn’t matter now.
I quote:
Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!
Then I lift her, slip her into the water.

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56 Responses to Deception – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Lynn Love says:

    I love the use of the Scott quote at the end there – just wondering who’s been doing the deceiving … And the body count rises with no end in sight. Why should we be surprised with Tony in charge. But he should watch out – those who live by the sword …


  2. Margaret says:

    Nasty types, Tony and his mob. This one’s sure enjoying toying with the poor girl’s feelings. Clever linking of the prompt in the WS quote too.


  3. It appears to be a nice day for a swim. And her concrete shoes are quite fashionable.


  4. Another one bites the dust…or the water. It seems things are escalating.


  5. Such sadistic glee in the ending… chilling!


  6. So many different takes on this prompt. Loved this one. Didn’t expect that at all.


  7. 4963andypop says:

    Evil is rewarded by evil. Sinister.

    That quote came to mind when I saw that picture too, though I will admit I am uncultured enough to have thought Shakespeare said it. Luckily I looked it up.
    I did not realize he was a Scot.

    I came across an article

    as I pondered why i was never required as an English major in the US to read more of his work. It also references Mark Twain:

    Even Mark Twain, an ocean (a)way, invoked the bard of chivalric romance and grandeur when he characterized the South’s attachment to the past as the “Sir Walter Scott disease. “


    • ceayr says:

      Scott was a hugely influential writer, often described as the creator of the first Western historical novels.
      His Rob Roy and Ivanhoe are universally known, of course, and his Waverley novels are a landmark in English-language literature.
      He was also a poet of considerable ability, his narrative Lady of the Lake and Lay of the Last Minstrel are well worth reading.
      Even in the USA, that hotbed of culture (!), he is not unknown, having a statue in New York’s Central Park.

      Liked by 1 person

      • 4963andypop says:

        I didn’t know there was a statue in NYC!

        From the little I read on Wikipedia, and the bit I read of Marmion, it was clear, Scott was a giant of literature, skilled, prolific and well-loved.

        I didn’t mean to scorn his work with that link. Sadly, my education did not include his work, as far as I can remember, but come to think of it, it left out a lot of Austen, Dickens and Twain. Sounds like its time to hit the books!


      • 4963andypop says:

        Love it! Hotbed of culture!😊


  8. I think maybe Tony and his entourage do not really know as much about culture as they pretend.


  9. michael1148humphris says:

    I think that Sir Walter Scott would have approved.


  10. msjadeli says:

    “She itched and I scratched.” — line from Sleuth (1972)


  11. Was her music that bad? 😉 Or maybe something else went bad… It could be anything with Portuguese Tony around.

    Great continuation of this character.



  12. Abhijit Ray says:

    Another murder! why?


  13. Sandra says:

    You know, I know it’s just writing, but I wouldn’t want to walk home in the dark with you, CE. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  14. draliman says:

    This is all spiralling out of control. I foresee a final showdown loom-ing 🙂


  15. Some friend. Nicely written.


  16. I begin to think that Portuguese Tony is the good guy in your stories…


  17. plaridel says:

    i could sense he was having fun torturing her. poor girl, she didn’t deserve it.


  18. granonine says:

    Hell hath no fury. . . .


  19. Violet Lentz says:

    That Portuguese Tony has his fingers in everything…..


  20. I’ve got a feeling PT will have something to say about this.


  21. pennygadd51 says:

    Oy! Us musicians is cultured people, matey!
    Good story, CE. I like the way you sneak in a reference to the prompt at the end.


  22. Iain Kelly says:

    An innocent (?) victim in your on going battle with Tony. The rivalry needs to come to a head before more people are hurt!


  23. Dear C.E.

    Well woven tale as darkness looms on the horizon.




  24. neilmacdon says:

    I’m relieved Portugues Tony is alright


  25. Tannille says:

    Intense. Didn’t see that coming!


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