Friday Fictioneers for May 13th, 2022

Today is Friday Fictioneers’ photo prompt release day, posted two days prior to Friday the thirteenth, an inauspicious Gregorian calendar arrangement in the superstitious minds of many.

Central to Mistress Rochelle’s well-chosen pic from the artistic eye of our friend to the north, Dale Rogerson, is a red rose. “O my Luve’s like a red, red rose/That’s newly sprung in” May; is partly from the famous Robert Burns poem.

What can one do with the flower of love on the most traditional day of western bad luck? My go is below Dale’s photo. My gratitude to both wonderful, bonnie lasses for giving direction to this week’s micro-fiction collection.

Click on Dale’s red rose for a ride over to Rochelle’s rockin’ blog for how it’s done.

Genre: Padded Journalism
Title: Guns and Roses
Word Count: 100

The blonde was his beauty. He was her beloved beast. They struck out for freedom armed with guns and motivated by love.

“We’ll never blend in, Casey. You’re too tall.”

“Vicky, look! It’s them laws. Let’s die like Bonnie and Clyde. We’ll be famous.”

“But dead as hell. Drive fast, Babe. If they get close, they’ll flip us.”

There was a loud bump. Casey’s driving skills failed to keep them from the grassy Indiana ditch.

Her last words were, “I love you, Babe. See you in hell. They could have at least waited until Friday.”

A gunshot, then cops everywhere.

Look both ways when on the run in the Alabama sun.
Mind the gaps and ditches.
Keep in mind that at six-foot-nine, you’re not that hard to find.

Click on Casey & Vicky for your risk free ride to more marvelous stories.

44 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for May 13th, 2022

  1. My beau and I have already discussed who we think should play these two clowns! Mind you, I didn’t realise Casey was so tall so maybe Jon Hamm won’t work. Ahhh, they can cheat. And coz Hollywood likes to make em beautiful, how about Charlize Theron for Vicky?

    This was a lot of fun, Bill. You be so good at these 😉

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    1. Thank you, Dale.

      I was close to the actual event that led to the movie, “The Sugarland Express” (1974). The real event was very sad, but stealing the cops’ car makes for a poor escape.

      As for height, the protagonist in “The Pillars of the Earth” (book) was “tall.” I was distracted by the lack of stature in the actor cast to pay him in the mini series. 🙂

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      1. Truth is so often stranger than fiction.

        I somehow missed that one. I’ll have to look it up.

        Look no further than Interview with the Vampire. Lestat is supposed to be 6’2″. They chose Tom Cruise … Why?

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      2. Like you said earlier, Hollywood can find ways to deal with stature. I have not read Rice’s novels, but I should (soon). She said some interesting things about Lestat and herself.

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      3. I feel we’ve discussed this… But Rice imagined Rutger Hauer (Who was a tad long in the tooth for the role by the time it came to the big screen). I loved the first 5-6 books. Never got around to reading the rest.

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  2. Dear Bill,

    You’ve taken this week’s big news story and worked it into a well-told story. No doubt this will soon be out in the movie version. One has to wonder what was going through Vicky’s mind.



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    1. Hi Rochelle,

      As far as the movie is concerned, Dale is in charge of casting, Iain is working on the screenplay, once we have producers and a budget, we’ll need a location. 🙂 Art Director?




    1. Indeed. Vicky was almost 20 years older. She was about to be given an award and retire. That meant that they would no longer see each other. I don’t think love makes anyone any smarter. Her goals with him were unattainable. The human condition.

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  3. I remember this news bulletin. It was like a movie playing out in real time.
    So sad she ruined her life and died for someone who probably didn’t deserve her.
    Love … makes people do strange things. I’m with the you on a future movie.
    Great info write … Isadora 😎

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  4. Well, they had to get them before Friday. After all, that’s when the week’s winding down, no-one wants to be chasing fugitives, it might spill over into the weekend!

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    1. Ah, yes, Brenda ….the 10cc song,

      “Too many broken hearts have fallen in the river
      Too many lonely souls have drifted out to sea
      You lay your bets and then you pay the price
      The things we do for love, the things we do for love” 🙂

      It’s been playing in my mind for more than two days now.

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    1. Vicki was 56, scheduled to receive an award and retire the next day after the escape. She did commit suicide. At that point, it may have been her best option.


  5. An ill-fated romance, but they chose their paths with eyes wide open. Maybe they knew something we don’t? In any case good story and must have missed the “true crime story” on this pair.

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