THE ENTERTAINER

The press and public were behind the fence that circled the property, far enough away to prevent them seeing inside the old house.

Horowitz looked out at the growing crowd. News had spread fast.

He had got the call as he was about to end his shift. A dead body, suicide. He recognised the address.

Now he looked at the faded entertainer slumped behind the desk, gunshot wound to the temple. Note on the desk ending ‘Please forgive me.’

The investigation would take time. The grounds would be dug up. The truth about the rumoured bodies would finally be known.


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© J Hardy Carroll

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

92 responses to “THE ENTERTAINER”

  1. Crunchy after so many celebrity scandals

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    1. Thanks Neil, that’s where my mind was heading. Crunchy indeed!

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  2. Dear Iain,

    What is it about that gate that just inspires murder and mayhem? Well done and reminiscent of a hometown situation a few years back of a Kansas City man who had lured young boys to his home, then murdered them and buried them under his house.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. There must be something about that spooky old house! Or maybe it’s seeing it was J Hardy that took the photo! Not aware of the Kansas man but a few similar tales around, and a few scandals involving celebrities in recent years too, so used them as my inspiration.

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  3. Spooky story. This is a house in Peoria on Moss Avenue, a decidedly creepy street you can look up on Google maps. This story completely fits the area.

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    1. Thanks J Hardy, must be something about the house that suggests that mood, that’s what came to mind when I saw it.

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  4. Thanks for filling us in on the photo. I always like to find out the back story. I enjoyed your take on it.
    xx Rowena

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  5. A succinct, macabre tale, well told, Iain.

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  6. Well played, Iain.

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  7. Yes, Iain, well crafted and great denouement.

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  8. You people have gruesome imaginations! Nice one 🙂

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  9. Nice flash piece. I like the addition of the buried bodies at the end. 🙂

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    1. I felt it needed some sort of twist at the end. Thank you.

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  10. Should make for a fruity eulogy!

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    1. I’m not sure many will be there to hear it!

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  11. He took the easy way out so it seems. Gruesome twist at the end, I didn’t see it coming. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, glad I managed a surprise 🙂

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  12. It seems that old houses and creepy trees bring the grim out of the muse. I like it. I also want to know what happens next… and, of course, what happened before forgiveness was needed.

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    1. Thank you, yes the house is giving everyone dark thoughts this week!

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  13. Wow! That last line is a zinger, Iain. Where the bodies are buried, eh? Very well told, nice tension and pace throughout

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    1. Thanks Lynn, much appreciated.

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  14. That looks like a really cool house to live in. Until you read the story. Then … let’s drive by and look at the next one, Helen.

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    1. Probably will be available at a knock down price now though…!

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  15. oh interesting… Someone elses flash fiction I could see go in other directions…

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  16. It does look like “that” kind of house. Now we are left wondering what he is begging forgiveness for…

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    1. It seems a few of us see it as that sort of house.

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  17. Oh, the tortured lives of celebrities. That’s why I never let them put my picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. 🙂

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    1. Yes better to be unknown if you’re​ going to be murderer…

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      1. I’ll never admit to that.

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  18. OH MY!! What a way to end! Good job.

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  19. based on the stories i’d read so far, there’d be no happy ending this week. 😦

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    1. Something about that house!

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  20. I love the sense of mystery. Wonderful story!

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  21. Seems a shame to have to dig up the grounds. But the truth must out!

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    1. We’ll see if they find anything, might be a shame, might be revealing!

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  22. I liked this especially the last line which was a zinger. Well done, LAIN.

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    1. Thanks Neel, glad I managed a zinger!

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  23. Ah! What a last line twist! Loved it!

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  24. Sounds like fodder for a really gripping biopic, bodies or no bodies. Horowitz is going to be busy.

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    1. I think it could be the case that makes his career.

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  25. Some people hide their secrets so well. Great story. 😊

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  26. Shame the truth will only come out now he’s dead – sounds familiar! Great story.

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    1. Yes, based on true events.

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  27. I’m guessing the entertainer has gone somewhere nice and hot for his afterlife! Sadly, this scenario you describe, happens far too often. At least the finding of the bodies will mean closure for the families and friends of the victims, but the murderer has taken the coward’s way out.

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    1. Afraid so, leaving a trail of devastation behind him. Thanks Sarah

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  28. A twisted tale. So did the gates keep his victims in or curious people out?

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  29. Ooooo i sense a lot more is there to be found. Sorry for what? Well told

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  30. There are scandals and there are SCANDALS in the entertainment world.

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  31. No doubt a “Dramatic ” actor . Well done Iain. Nice realistic touch on the detective was almost off duty

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  32. He carried a few guilty secrets to the grave methinks! Nice one Iain.

    Click to read my story

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  33. I wonder what he did to ask for forgiveness. Well crafted!

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    1. Thank you, I leave it up to you to decide!

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  34. Good story. I like how the title is open to interpretation.

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    1. Very much so, thanks Sascha

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  35. That looks like the perfect grounds for burying a bunch of dead bodies in, too. Liked the celebrity aspect too. Of course, my mystery-reading mind wants to know — was the celebrity really left-handed, or right-handed, and where was that note?!?

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    1. If he was left handed why is the gun in his right hand? And where did the 2nd bullet lodged in the wall come from?!? 🙂

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      1. Yes, exactly — inquiring minds want to know!

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  36. A gruesome but gripping tale

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  37. A haunting thought that’s often played out in the news.
    Bodies buried on properties like cast-a-ways. You nailed the feeling and the gruesome acts perfectly, lain. The photograph does exude horrific things happening behind that gate.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Thank you, it certainly has a menacing look to it – not sure I would want to stay there!

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  38. He made sure that he’ll be talked about a lot even after death. I wonder who gets the book and film rights… Nicely creepy and telling a lot between the lines.

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    1. Very true, someone will make money out of it, that’s for sure!

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  39. Lots of dark tales this week, I enjoyed yours Iain. His truth caught up with him, as it tends to do eventually

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  40. A dark story! I love it. It ends just right.

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  41. Suspenseful story – it goes so well with the prompt!

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  42. Great story. Sad but true.

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    1. Afraid so, thank you.

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  43. Great story. People are certainly wondering what went on behind the railings this week.

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    1. Not much of it seems good. Thanks Michael.

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  44. There’s room for a lot of bodies in that garden. The dig could take a while!

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    1. Yep, could be a long few weeks…

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