A Lover’s Potion…Friday Fictioneers

Nobody had ever sent Michelle a letter before. Not even a postcard. Text had become the language of love. Yet, Jerome was different. A poet. Not that she understood any of his writings. He was in her philosophy class, and they kept running into each other until it was a long lingering picnic in Central Park. So, she didn’t think twice, as she inhaled the white powder….a touch of romance. Off to start her shift at the Met, she tucked the letter into her journal. Not even a doubt, she spread its sweet perfume throughout the packed August crowds. A woman in love is an easy target.

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Best wishes,


36 thoughts on “A Lover’s Potion…Friday Fictioneers

  1. Iain Kelly

    A terrifying scenario and yet could so easily be done, you almost wonder why those that plan such things haven’t tried it already. Chilling.

  2. pennygadd51

    You’ve crafted that story really well, Rowena. It’s a love story – then a puzzle – white powder? – then the killer last line. “A woman in love is an easy target”. Kudos!

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Dale. I stumbled across the story of a fairly distant cousin of mine in the online newspapers who was lead up the garden path by a real cad. She ended up taking him to court for breach of promise, which meant that the nitty gritty of their relationship including the tragic birth and death of their baby boy, Jack. Letters were included in the paper. There wasn’t much left out, and that situation no doubt was circulating in my head as I wrote this story.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    That’s, Courtney.
    Yes. That concerns me about my kids. They’re now 14 and 12 and neither of them is into dating yet, but you’ve got to hope they’ve got their heads switched on the right way as there are so many pitfalls.
    Best wishes,

  5. AMelodyPearson

    Letters are a rarity these days. It’s doubly chilling to think of something almost extinct being used in a way that would probably make it become totally forbidden.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Yes, it would be a shame for personal letters to actually be illegal, and not simply very rare. I thought you might be interested in reading a situation I stumbled across while doing my family history of a broken engagement and the letters, which went back and forth. You really do get a sense of being a fly on the wall: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/family-history-uncovered-broken-hearted-ivy-sues-for-breach-of-promise/
    Best wishes,

  7. jillyfunnell

    Rowena, I just found the breach of promise tale and, as you say, these stories involve people just like us really. I absolutely love the beautiful song you posted and would love to know, how do you do that? And your piece is written superbly. Something to be very proud of, excellent. Best wishes, Jilly

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