BLACK WIDOW

A shimmering spider’s web. Bright lights that hurt his eyes. A blacked out window.

He had resisted her obvious flirtatious advance. He hadn’t recognised her at first wearing an elegant dress with her hair and make-up changed – the dowdy middle-aged woman from the gallery office.

He had accepted the drink she offered. She flirted, he smiled and moved away after a polite five minutes.

He woke bound and gagged. He didn’t recognise the room. He didn’t remember how he got there. The drink must have been drugged.

Behind him a door opened. Heels clicked crossing the wooden floor towards him.


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Copyright Victor and Sarah Potter

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).

This story hopefully stands on it’s own merit, but is also a continuation of my entry from last week’s prompt, for those concerned about what became of her object of desire: IN THE VEILED LIGHT.

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

109 responses to “BLACK WIDOW”

  1. A black widow indeed, and a dish best consumed cold. Good one, Iain

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  2. Love this story, Iain. Look forward to the upcoming episodes. 🙂

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    1. We’ll see. Thanks Moon 🙂

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  3. No telling which way this will go, but whatever – I suspect it will go badly for him.

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    1. Pretty sure it will. Thanks Sandra

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  4. Dear Iain,

    One must watch out for those dowdy widows at the office. Those heels clicking across the floor at the end seem to herald mayhem. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle – it seemed like an ominous note to end it on 🙂

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  5. Nicely done, Iain. This one could easily serve as a sequel or a companion piece to your last week’s tale.

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  6. Enjoyed this continuation of last week’s tale. And yes, it also stands on its own merit. Hope there will be at least one more episode!

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    1. If I think on how to end it, I will write it! 🙂

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    1. Certainly likes to take charge it seems.

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      1. Some guys like that sort of thing but it seems your victim is unwilling.

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      2. Certainly not a willing participant at this stage anyway!!

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  7. A danger that could be ripped from a dozen headlines. Awesome!

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  8. Well written. I suspect a spy thriller will follow.

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    1. Possibly – or just a murder mystery. Thanks Christine.

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  9. He’s going to need quick wits here. Fluent story-telling, Iain.

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    1. Or a miracle! Thanks Penny.

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  10. That was chilling – and very nicely done!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  11. You’ve got me intrigued. Keep going.

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    1. We’ll see. Thanks Janet.

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  12. Oh, man is he in trouble! Nice twist on the ‘damsel in distress’ trope, Iain.

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    1. Thank you Lynn – yes, he’s in a lot of trouble!

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  13. Slowly the realisation dawns that he has been caught in her web. Good story. Works well alone and also in continuation.

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    1. Depends very much how you define ‘well’ I think.

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      1. So, we shall say your story is “Well Done”.

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  14. Uh oh, I believe he got caught up by her designs for him.

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  15. Nicely done! I missed last week’s so got to read the two together… clever move 🙂

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  16. Really liked this one!

    Danny

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  17. I’m not sure it would have gone better for him had he shown her due interest earlier, but boy, he’s pretty screwed now. This is the part in the movie where I mostly cover my eyes and peek out between my fingers, worried about what comes next.

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    1. Yes, I get the feeling there would be no way to please her… Thanks Joy

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  18. So many ways this can go…
    Well done, Sir!

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  19. Aah, so she wasn’t just looking on him as a prey for a good time, he was actually her ‘prey’. Not what he’d call a ‘good time’ I’m sure!

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    1. It seems she had it all planned out…

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  20. I am eager to know what happens next?

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    1. Thank you – I’m not sure he wants to find out too quickly!

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  21. you did justice to this week’s picture prompt. i don’t know how it can be better. well done.

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    1. Very kind, thank you 🙂

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  22. I realised it was a follow-on before I read your note (it does stand perfectly on its own). I seem to recall he’s married or something? In which case I say, serves him right, the cheater!
    Nice one!

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    1. Oh harsh – I’m not sure he has much say in what’s happening to him! Thank you!

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  23. You have left me wanting to know what happens next. Tantalizing end, or shall i say, start.
    Beautifully written, as always, Kelly.

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    1. Shall we say the beginning of the end – for him at least!

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  24. It seems like ‘Fifty shades of grey’ in reverse 🙂

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    1. Thanks Joy – I’m not sure that’s how he sees it 🙂

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  25. Sounds a bit like a kinky game to me – not sure what that says about me though!

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    1. You’re not the only one who thinks this Keith – I’m not sure what that says about the Friday Fictioneers in general!!

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  26. A black, bloodthirsty widow who just caught another fly in her web? His future looks rathe bleak.

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    1. It certainly does. Thanks for reading.

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  27. We mostly hear of women getting date drugs ..this one is a nice twist..a cougar or a nymphomaniac?

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    1. Thank you – makes for an interesting story to switch the roles around.

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      1. Yes.. indeed it was interesting

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  28. And this goes to prove that not all cases of abuse are men against women, but it’s much harder for a man to convince the police, psychiatric services, or whoever, that he’s the victim of such.

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    1. Exactly Sarah – even some of the comments seem to suggest the man would like being in this situation, but if the roles were reversed a female would automatically be seen as a victim – so why isn’t he?

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      1. There are times when the powers-that-be swing too far in favour of women and forget that men can be victims, too. Equality should mean equality.

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  29. Is she wearing leather and carrying a whip?

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    1. Possibly, although I’m not sure he will be caring too much at this stage…

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  30. Be careful, Iain, your fantasies are showing!

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    1. No thanks Liz, I’m happy to keep this as fiction! Interesting though, as I mentioned to other comments, that being a male in this situation is looked on differently from a female, who would be assumed to be a victim.

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  31. Tables neatly turned.
    Be careful who you drink with, eh?

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    1. You never can tell! Thanks Liz.

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  32. Oooo he is in for trouble methinks. Great story Iain

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  33. Looks like things have changed since the “Will you come into my web”, said the spider to the fly.
    The spider now takes what she wants 🙂
    He is trapped! Till the writer frees him in the next episode.

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    1. Times have certainly changed!

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  34. I feel that this is a story told more often from a man drugging a woman than the opposite.. I wonder what happens next.

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  35. Ohhhh man oh man,,,, this man is in trouble. Nice cliff hanger.

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    1. He definitely is. Thank you.

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  36. It’s always the quiet ones you need to look out for, eh? I sense this might not be happily ever after…

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    1. Definitely not for him…

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  37. He obviously had been a bad boy in need of punishment! The heels at the end, awesome!

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    1. To her mind perhaps, I’m not sure he’s done anything wrong that he will be aware of! Thank you.

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  38. I really liked this Iain, especially when taken in continuation of the last story!

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  39. Yikes!!! That story made my blood pressure rise… great story telling!

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    1. Thanks Rachel, glad you liked it 🙂

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  40. I’m glad I saw this as follow on before I read to the end and you told me. It definitely stands alone, andI’m feeling even sorrier for her prey than I did last week. This woman really is determined to get what she wants.

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    1. She certainly is! 🙂

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  41. You needed some extra words to describe those heels! A story for its time – produced by Harvey Weinstein?

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  42. Oh my, it looks like someone was getting a little perturbed by his lack of response.
    I think she’ll make sure he understands the length it took to make her dowdy-self look better. The clicky heels at the end, Iain, is a pefect set-up for what’s to come. Pre-doom sound. haha Well done …
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Exactly Isadora – he will be left in no uncertain terms!

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  43. You don’t often hear about the women monsters who act like this but they must be out there. I’m afraid she can’t afford to let him tell about this. His chances seem poor at best. Good writing, Iain. —- Suzanne

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    1. No, I think unless he comes up with a plan quick, he’s done for. Thanks Suzanne.

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