Friday Fictioneers for January 6th, 2023

I first posted a story on Friday Fictioneers on 8/14/2020. That was less than three years ago.

So, when Mistress Rochelle slips in an old photo prompt (four years ago, in this case) [Correction. Roger’s pic is new. Rochelle’s story is a rerun.] as she did today with a Roger Bultot photo redux, it’s new to me. Since our maven of end of week mystery has pressed go for 2023, I’ve carved my new story into the blogosphere granite.

If you’re interested, just click on Roger’s pic to take the trip on over to Rochelle’s blog page where we all begin this challenge each week.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Genre: Fiction
Title: Deadly Staircase
Word Count: 100

The stairs down to the underground apartment were blocked by a locked gate. It was a trash bin for whatever was blowing. Daily, people walked past the infamous flat, still haunted by ghosts of the many women who were tortured, raped, and murdered inside.

She said, “Babe, we’ve got to go down there. We need pictures for literary inspiration.”

I replied, “How can you consider breaking in? It’s morbid. Sick. You’re out of your mind.”

She jimmied the lock, walked down to the door, and disappeared inside.

“Honestly officer. That was the last time I saw Rochelle—five hours ago.”

Look both ways to solve mysteries and puzzles.
Mind the gaps. They’re traps for fear to some but inspiration to others.

Click on the police tape to read more great stories.

56 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for January 6th, 2023

  1. A curiosity trip or else she knew he would not follow and slipped out a back window. I am sure she has gone home and is tucked up in bed reading and writing. I had to lighten my mood on this horror tale.

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  2. Dear Bill,

    Actually, my story’s a rerun but not Roger’s photo…which is neither here nor there. I certainly hope this story isn’t prophetic. 😉 But one must do what one must do for their art. I’m not sure I should say nicely done for this one. LOL



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      1. No, you’re good, Bill. I never said one way or the other about the photo, so the natural conclusion would be that the photo, as well as the story, was a retread.



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  3. The lengths one will go for our art… Course, if there is no FF next week, we’ll know she’s still battling whatever is down there! Well done, you!

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