Delivery Man – 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
Jean L. Hays.

© Jean L. Hays

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Delivery Man

Who is it?
The words crackle from the speaker.
I pause, carefully put down the parcel.
This is my first day in my new job, and my first delivery.
It is probably my last chance to make something of my life.
I have made so many mistakes in the past, and I know she is running out of patience.
She loves me, and I can’t imagine life without her.
I need to get it right this time.
For her sake.
I take a deep breath.
Delivery, I lie, needs a signature.
And, for the umpteenth time, I check my weapon.

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66 Responses to Delivery Man – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Your creative writing spells the character out. I luv the mental twist.💧🐋


  2. I feel that I’m there beside him, and sadly that he’s doomed, great twist at the end.


  3. notestowomen says:

    My heart goes out to him. He’s doing this for her sake. I guess he believe that it’s worth it and it’s either this or a future without her.


  4. wmqcolby says:

    Well, gotta admit, the guy was persistent. Great turn at the end, CE.!
    Five out of five weapon magazines.


  5. What an ominous ending. Leaves the reader seeking more. Good story CE!


  6. Oy! His ‘choice settings’ is set to “WRONG!”
    Nice piece, Ceayr!


  7. Incredible build up with a great twist! You have me rooting for a hitman.


  8. He sounds like kind of a loser who’s doing his best. I like him!


  9. I have so many questions! Who is this guy? Who’s the guy he’s about to kill? Why? I want to know more!

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  10. Liz Young says:

    Oh dear – no woman is worth a jail sentence.


  11. It’s so hard to please a woman these days, isn’t it? 🙂


  12. draliman says:

    I fear this chap is doomed to a lifetime of mistakes…

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  13. Danny James says:

    Sounds like another mistake coming up.


  14. Gabriella says:

    I love that last line. I am afraid though that this might just be one mistake too many.


  15. Bill says:

    I was a while reading this due to laughter. Then I listened to it. I want this guy to be real. A full length book? Good one. I enjoyed it.


  16. I wasn’t expecting that! Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  17. I’m sure she’ll be very proud of him, who wouldn’t?

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  18. And he will deliver!


  19. granonine says:

    Why am I rooting for a guy who is clearly planning bloody murder? Really good, CE.


  20. Anita says:

    Oh no. Hope she is okay & pray that the ending is fine.
    Why weapon?
    The best weapons are smiles and love.


  21. Tannille says:

    Ooh great twist. I feel bad that I root for him. 😀


  22. I wonder what he wrote on his resume that he landed with such an incredible job 🙂


  23. Dear CE,

    Yes, it could very well be his last day on the job.



    Liked by 1 person

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  25. Sandra says:

    I was almost beginning to warm to him. And in a way, I’m still a bit tepid. I like a murderer who is at least trying to please somebody, if not his victim.


    • ceayr says:

      Don’t you agree that most of us are not all good or bad, but a mix?
      Maybe even you, Sandra, are not always as patient and sweet-tempered as you might like, hmm?


  26. neilmacdon says:

    The thing I like about your stories is the baddies are all (mostly) good people


  27. Iain Kelly says:

    Just from the title I knew this was going to be a special kind of delivery man.


  28. trishsplace says:

    Ooh. Good work!


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