Good and Evil – 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 the lady herself.

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Good and Evil

Our faces reveal much about our lives.
And how we have lived them.
Much of life revolves around the conflict between good and evil.
Evil tends to approach us with a smile of complicity.
It tries always to seduce with the temptation that this way is more fun.
Good, on the other hand, usually appears with a serious, honest face, urging us in all sincerity to do the right thing.
Telling us virtue is its own reward.
Our faces, I believe, reflect our choices.
People often remark on my cheerful, smiling countenance.
Well, arsenic in her sugar brightens my day.

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47 Responses to Good and Evil – Friday Fictioneers

  1. notestowomen says:

    What a last line, C.E.


  2. A smile and an evil grin is often hard to distinguish.


  3. What an excellent punchline, Boom!!


  4. pennygadd51 says:

    Clever, CE, clever. I love the way you set up your punchline.


  5. Yes, you’re often up to no good. 😀


  6. plaridel says:

    sometimes i wonder why fun can be so bad it synonymous with evil. 🙂


  7. draliman says:

    Ha, I liked the philosophical build-up!


  8. granonine says:

    It sounded like a homily, right up to the last couple of lines. Expertly crafted, as always.


  9. James McEwan says:

    There is nothing wrong with a good bit of evil to brighten up the day and put a smile on someones face.


  10. The master. He smirks as he kills. As always, so well done.


  11. Those bright, chipper faces can be the most frightening. Good story.


  12. I like the way evil shows in cheerfulness rather than the conventional tell of ugliness. Great story.


  13. neilmacdon says:

    Goodness, according to one of the characters in my novel, The Tears of Boabdil, is an angular solid, while evil is a smooth liquid. It requires a little evil so that the edges of the goodness don’t maim as you swallow them


  14. HonieBriggs says:

    Isn’t it funny how a simple scene can prompt such sinister stories? As always, I love the narrated version as much as the reading.


  15. Oh, that last line! Great story, CE. 🙂

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  16. Dora says:

    A philosophical tour de force, my friend, ending with the rapier thrust of a Machiavelli.


  17. The smiling assassin strikes again.


  18. Iain Kelly says:

    If it keeps you happy! I like the notion of reading people by their faces – we all do it, and jump to assumptions.


  19. Tannille says:

    I feel bad for laughing. Good and evil is a matter of perception.


  20. bearmkwa says:

    Good words, cruel outcome. Beware the smiles of old men… definitely. LOL! Have a great week!


  21. Michael Humphris says:

    I enjoyed listening to you telling this story, which like Rochelle brought a smile to my face.


  22. Dear CE,

    This is definitely not written from the POV of a good person. Another day, another murder. And I laughed in spite of myself.




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