Friday Fictioneers – “Very Apro-Poe” – Sarcastic Suspense – Rated PG13-R

Well, Rochelle brings us Friday Fictioneers again.  My contribution is below the prompt.  For the rest > Here < Enjoy!!!

Source: PHOTO PROMPT Copyright – Marie Gail Stratford

“Very Apro-Poe”

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 Words

Marie opened her eyes and they widened, screaming where her taped mouth could not.

She was bound to a pole behind the wine bottles in their basement. Her husband was hastily

putting up a brick wall in front of the wine rack, sealing her inside with the bottles.

She struggled, then, looking down, giggled a little crazily. Irony was, after all, something to laugh at.

There, on the floor, was the last present she had bought him: a leather-bound copy, opened and flipped to show the illustrations of two stories. They were “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”





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  • aliciajamtaas  On September 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Yikes! Maybe she should have bought a book about Houdini! Well done.


  • Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration  On September 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Dear Scott, Love the Poe references, I wonder if Pluto will sneak out of the book and bite him. I liked that you took it from her point of view instead of the murderers, but then the books/presents didn’t inspire a favorable outcome. (I didn’t get the impression she wanted be sealed away.) Excellent write. I enjoyed it very much. LHN


    • kindredspirit23  On September 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      I am very pleased you liked it. Yeah, I kinda doubt she liked that part either. It might have been different if her name had been Lenora, but alas…

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  • margirene  On September 27, 2014 at 12:12 am

    She might as well have a crazy little giggle while her eyes are screaming. I wonder how long the brickwork will take? Maybe she can come up with something in time. Well done.


    • kindredspirit23  On September 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      If she’s OCD like I was before my stroke, well, I would have been counting the bricks!


  • Life in the 50's and beyond...  On September 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Loved The Cask of the Amontillado…. I sensed it even before you mentioned it! She should have put more thought into that gift!


  • K.Z.  On September 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    loved the reference to “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. 🙂
    clever tale.


  • patrickprinsloo  On September 26, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Very clever. Next xmas I’m giving blank writing paper.


  • rochellewisoff  On September 26, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Dear Scott,

    Guess you could say their relationship has hit the wall. Well done.




  • dmmacilroy  On September 26, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Dear Scott,

    I’m glad she can still appreciate a good gift. Well done.




  • sustainabilitea  On September 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Guess she should have bought a sloppy romance instead. I like your use of title, Scott. 🙂



  • Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  On September 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    The cask of Amontillado I had read.. but the Black Cat I never read. It’s not a good idea to put ideas in the head of a murderous man..

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  • The Writer's Village  On September 25, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I haven’t read those stories, so the irony is a little lost on me. Although i imagine they have to do with the scene being played out.
    But I hope, no matter what, it is only a scene – like an s/m game being played out between husband and wife…
    I suspect maybe not though… Randy


    • kindredspirit23  On September 26, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Now, what fun would that really be?
      Truth is, I was going for the “wife had and affair, and…” scenario but could not do it justice in 100 words. That would have also played well into the “Cask” reference.


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