An Unpredictable End…Friday Fictioneers.

The end was unscripted. He simply sent her a text, as cold and unfeeling as a Winter wind. Yet, her grief was brutal. A stab to the heart. A kick to the guts. She could even feel his huge mechanic’s hands tighten around her throat, along with that final gasp.

Kate was not above revenge. A crime of passion. Destroying him cell by cell with her own rat cunning. She even thought of phoning Roger.

Yet, a skerrick of reason remained. That, while she couldn’t make it better, she could always make things worse.

Now, she could only face the storm, but with renewed strength, knowing it too would pass.


This was my second go at this week’s prompt and it stretched so far beyond the initial photo prompt that I decided to use a different image. It looks at how we respond when someone does something terrible and unforgivable to us. Do we lose ourselves and our core values in pursuit of revenge? Or, self-destruct unable to recover from the pain?

I remember a bit of a joke from my single days: “If you can’t have the one you love, love the one you’re with. If you can’t love the one you’re with, turn out the light.”

When it really boils down to it, we really have no choice but to plough onwards through the storms of life, but there are things we can possibly do to prevent the storms from building up. Moreover, we can also be better prepared, and in peak condition when they hit. That way, we’re better positioned to be a victor, than a victim and to rise from the ashes of what ever it is that hits us.

Here is the original photo prompt thanks to :

July 18 dawn-in-montreal

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

This was another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields

Best wishes,


21 thoughts on “An Unpredictable End…Friday Fictioneers.

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  2. pennygadd51

    Dear Rowena
    That is so much better! In fact, it’s excellent. You capture both the grief and the determination not to let it beat her down.
    Well done!

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Penny. A wise friend of mine once advised me that I could make it worse and the thought had never crossed my mind. That was very good advice. Facing thew storm head on seems crazy and that it’s better to do anything we can to minimise the impact and yet it can prevent costly collateral damage.
    Than you for nudging me to revisit the prompt.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much. A few people have liked skerrick. It’s not a word that’s used often. I’m Australian. I’m not sure if that explains its usage.
    Best wishes,

  5. granonine

    Second time in as many minutes I had to look up a word. Skerrick. I really like it. I think I like this version of your response to the prompt better, too.

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  7. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Jilly. The first one didn’t come across clearly enough, but I am hoping to get back to it.
    Best wishes,

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