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.
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.