The Rose (100 word story)…

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Monday evening when Catherine arrived home she found a single deep red rose lying by her apartment door.  Delighted, she picked it up and unlocked her door, glancing around for a card she might have missed.  Nope, nothing.

She texted her date from Saturday to thank him, but it soon became embarrassingly obvious he hadn’t sent it.  Awkward!   If not a florist, how had someone gotten inside the gated apartment complex?   How odd.   She thought of her neighbors and how little she knew them.

Glancing at the flower, she was struck by how much the color reminded her of blood…

Photo from Pixabay

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60 responses

  1. Oooh, creepy! This could make a fascinating suspense story! 🙂

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  2. Good story telling. This gave me goosebumps.

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      1. You’re most welcome. Hope you’re doing well Diane.

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      2. I am, tired of the waiting, but there’s a lot of coordination that has to be done with doctor schedules, so I’ll just wait *sigh*

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      3. Always the way isn’t it? Well just take it easy. Things will happen eventually.

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      4. I’m getting some meals ready for the freezer today, taking care of paperwork, exercising, stuff like that. Thanks, Miri, yeah by Christmas it will be back to normal around here!

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      5. Good for you Diane, sounds as though things are on track. xo

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      6. Thanks, I am good. You are doing okay? I found the first year holidays after my mom passed away were particularly difficult, but we always try to talk about our parents and remember silly, fun things when we’re together…xo

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      7. Yes, I’m sure that will be the same with me too. You’re right though, it’s through talking and remembering happy times that we get through. Thanks Diane. xo

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  3. And ? … you’ve got me hooked … what next?

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    1. Haha, right now, just 100 words

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  4. Ohh, that was unexpected! Love this, Diane.💜

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    1. Thanks, Kay, sorry, found you in my spam!

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      1. You’re welcome! Seems I’m ending up there periodically!

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  5. Well now that will haunt me for a while!
    Well written 🙂

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    1. Oh, thank you, glad you liked it!

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      1. I DO. I hope you keep it going . . .

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  6. YES! It went from romantic to creepy in the span of 100 words, that’s awesome.

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      1. You’re welcome. Happy Monday

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      2. Thanks, you, too. No roses today 😉

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  7. I love the promise in these 100 words (well, ‘promise’ may not be the right word – how about ‘anticipation’).

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    1. Oh, good, I’m glad that came across!

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  8. VictoryInTrouble | Reply

    Oh wow! That went light to very dark. Well done!

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    1. Oh, Vic, you were in my spam! Thanks so much for your comment,I’ll check spam more often 🙂

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  9. Wow love this, continue please

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  10. BOOM.

    This was a great one. Not good, great. Left us all wondering. Bravo.

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    1. Thanks, Andrew! Hope to make it part of something bigger down the road

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  11. It’s good to see you! And working well. This is a start of a series?

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    1. Thanks, Roo, still waiting, trying to keep busy! No, might be part of something larger but just a microfiction for now…

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      1. Microfiction works well for me – if only I could leave it in microbes! Truly less is more. Love and more love, Dee.

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  12. I always feel you could expand and keep this going. . . you are a born storyteller. I am like someone mentioned a little nervous with goosebumps! (By myself, I usually am a little more “scared” than at a movie holding someone’s hand, if you know what I mean. . . 😉

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  13. Arrgh! What next? What next? You’ve left me hanging. Fantastic!

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  14. Hmmm…you have me hooked…I hope you are planning to continue? Or do we make up our own endings? I prefer reading yours they are always to fascinating and enjoyable to read! Hope all is going well!! xo

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    1. Thanks, Deb! It might be part of a bigger story, something a little scarier maybe. I’m good, thanks. How’s your mom doing?

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      1. Ohhh scary…I love scary…don’t know why!! Oh I’m happy to hear that, I think of you daily!! My mom’s doing much, much better thanks for asking! She’s still using her walker but more as a security blanket at this point, plus the Dr. said to continue to use until her next check-up at the end of the month. xo 🙂

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      2. Oh, that’s great news, I’m glad!

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      3. Isn’t it!! Thank you…xo

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  15. Doesn’t sound like she’s been kissed by a rose haha

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    1. 😉 but we really don’t know, do we?

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      1. Thanks, I might put this in a bigger story!

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