#atozchallenge, R is for Rose…

Monday evening when Randi 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 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.

Ouch!  She had been clutching the stem too tightly and now there was blood on her hands…


My theme this year is 100 word fiction.  (So, no, don’t count this line!)

17 responses

  1. This piece is so well constructed! I can see myself imagining a thousand things that could have happened and each of those would make for a mystery novel in itself! Thank you for the read 🙂

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  2. A thorny rose, the ending makes it feel very sinister!


  3. Such a great opening for so much more …


  4. Add this to the list of ideas to expand! Excellent!

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  5. Red rose means something exciting, but possibly something worrisome. 100 words is just not enough for this.

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    1. Thanks! Did you like the blood on her hands?

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  6. Emotional rollercoaster–good job!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda!


  7. Love the bit about texting the date… hehee! 🙂

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  8. Brilliant, a secret admirer that could be wonderful or spell trouble 🙂


  9. I like how you have featured red roses in stories before, Dee. I am playing catch up since the weekend was so busy! 🙂


  10. Now there was blood on her hands.

    Indeed! I sense a wee bit of symbolism going on here. This would be a wonderful opening because you’ve clearly captured the reader and there are a thousand avenues you could take from this moment … all of them intriguing!

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    1. Thank you. I’ve expanded it a little but need to go further…


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