Getting Philosophical – 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, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Ted Strutz.

© Ted Strutz


Click here to hear the author read his words:

Getting Philosophical

I haven’t killed anyone for ages.
Thing is, of course, it’s been well nigh impossible with these months of confinement.
I needed an
attestation, a written declaration of my reason for going out.
This is a small town,
hardly more than a village, I can’t just pop out in deserted streets and top someone.
So I’ve been
eating, sorry, I mean thinking more.
Getting a bit philosophical.
I wrote a poem about a spider.
I’ve even done some relatively funny things, had a laugh.
As far as murder goes, I might have lost my touch.
I guess
time will tell.

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59 Responses to Getting Philosophical – Friday Fictioneers

  1. tedstrutz says:

    I couldn’t decide if he was a hitman or a psycho. I settled on psycho. I liked the spider poem.

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  2. I’m quite certain he will kill again, most likely out of boredom.

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  3. I think writing down the real reason wouldn’t really work… but I can feel the itch for murder.

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  4. I wish the protagonist loses his ‘touch’ to murder completely.At least something good is happening in the confinement 😊

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  5. ahtdoucette says:

    This may be the creepiest poem I’ve ever read involving a spider – and I really don’t like spiders. Nicely done.

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    • ceayr says:

      I am amazed that you find it creepy.
      Susie is a delightful little creature, just trying to live her life as best she can.
      Like all of us, hmm?

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  6. I love the way your man is so everyday, at home with his murdering, as if it were gardening say.

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  7. draliman says:

    I have worried about career burglars, with everyone at home the whole time. Do they even qualify for a “self-employed” grant? Now I’m worried about casual murderers as well.

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  8. Enjoyable as always and it set me to wondering, everyone’s alibi at the moment would be, ‘I was at home,’ ‘any witnesses?’ ‘I was self-isolating.’ So if you could sneak out and murder without detection, it would be hard to prove anything against you. (As long as you’d covered the forensic angles, of course.)

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  9. James McEwan says:

    There are reports that crime has decreased during the lockdown period – I wonder if it has just moved indoors – you know bodies beneath the floor boards!

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  10. Liz Young says:

    And he’d show up like a sore thumb on any CCTV cameras!

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  11. Thank goodness for the quarantine 🙂 I hope he has a change of heart 😉

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  12. plaridel says:

    one positive effect of the pandemic lockdown is that it can lead to introspection. it’s possibly the same feeling one gets when he goes to prison.

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  13. granonine says:

    Gruesome AND funny. Quite a combination :). Of course I clicked over to read your spider poem, and I have no idea what the answer is. One thing I’m pretty sure of, from all the webs that decorate our hedges in the morning, is that if they do sleep, it’s during the day!

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  14. Poetry has always been considered so very much more appropriate a pursuit than murder

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    Now that is well done. You entertain us with a non-murder. I smiled all the way through!

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  16. 2 for the price of 1!! loved them

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  17. Dale says:

    Hmmm… getting rusty could be dangerous. Loved the poem.

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  18. wmqcolby says:

    Sooner or later, someone’s going to get it. They all do. And a swell poem to boot, CE.

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  19. If you creep and commit murder I guess that’s two crimes. I’d wait a while if I were you.

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  20. Mike says:

    Midsummer murders comes to mind, perhaps there is no one left to be murdered.🙂

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  21. Dear CE,

    Clever way to get in several hundred more words…enjoyable poem at that. 😉 I guess if it means fewer murders, the lockdown is a good thing. (Would that were the case.) All in all, nicely done, sir.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  22. MrBinks says:

    I worry that you’ve accidentally posted a personal diary extract here by mistake…

    Well played.

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  23. Iain Kelly says:

    As lockdown restrictions ease, I guess we will find out if an onslaught of violence ensues!

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  24. Tannille says:

    Never thought the virus would be good for anything… It keeps the serial killers away!

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  25. neilmacdon says:

    Now that first line is what I call a hook

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  26. Sandra says:

    I do hope the first one isn’t going to be messy, through lack of practice. Loved your poem. I was watching a spider immobilising a fly in the conservatory the other day. I could have asked him/her but he/she was pretty caught up in what was happening. As was the fly.

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    • ceayr says:

      Your concern for the cleaning staff does you credit, Sandra.
      Glad you enjoyed the poem.
      I have found flies to be even less communicative than spiders, generally speaking.
      I guess they’re not good at networking (groan).

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