THE SECRETS OF A LADY

The detective looked at the cluttered space. Perhaps the motive for killing a harmless elderly woman, known for her successful fiction novels, was hidden among the mess on this desk.

He pulled open a drawer, careful to avoid the stains of red blood. Nothing there, but when he tried to close it, the drawer hit something.

He pulled the drawer out and reached into the gap behind it. His fingers closed round an object stuck to the wall.

Three old 3.5 inch floppy disks. A handwritten sticky label – ‘The Real Story.’

Somehow he knew. The answer was on these disks.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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 more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visiHERE.

74 responses to “THE SECRETS OF A LADY”

  1. Great! Thanks for sharing, and have a nice day! xx Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael, you too 🙂

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  2. She may have become a character of her own imagining!

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    1. It could all be a dream! Thanks Neil

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  3. Now to find a computer still operating that takes floppy disks.

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    1. Someone will have one in a loft somewhere! 🙂

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  4. Very intriguing story Iain

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    1. Thank you Sadje 🙂

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  5. Hari OM
    A tale that requires expanding!!! (Like the bloggy makeover too…) YAM xx

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    1. Thank you (gearing up for the new book launch with a new look!)

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  6. Dear Iain,

    Good luck reading those floppy discs. LOL. I’m sure there’s a computer geek out there who can solve the mystery. Well constructed story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Someone will still have a disk drive for them 🙂 Thanks Rochelle

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  7. Well, good grief! Now I’m left imagining all sorts of explanations. . . .

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    1. She obviously has the truth about someone who doesn’t want it coming out…! Thanks Linda 🙂

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  8. How great that you’ve a book coming!!

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    1. Thanks Trish, looking forward to people reading it 🙂

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  9. Oooh! The beginnings of a bigger mystery for sure. I wonder how Rochelle feels about being murdered this week… hopefully it won’t happen too many times!!!

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    1. 🙂 I thought she might have mentioned it, but maybe she thought it best not to! Thank you 🙂

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  10. The killer left the answer – the motive for killing? No killer will leave such clue.

    The lady had secrets that she had documented in the disks ages ago, right?
    The Missing Girl – Anita Sabat

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    1. That’s right, I guess the killer didn’t know about the hidden back up disks behind the drawer 😉

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  11. I too have a detective in my story this time!

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  12. Great intro. Immediately thought of Jessica Fletcher. Nice new blog space 🙂

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    1. Thanks Janet! Preparing for the new book launch with a blog refresh, glad you like it 🙂

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  13. Very interested to know what’s on those discs!

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    1. Have you got a floppy disk reader?! 😉

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  14. Great story! The killer sounds either volatile or they underestimated the old lady.

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    1. Old ladies are often underestimated – do so at your peril! 🙂

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  15. A lucky break for the detective! Lovely fluent writing, as always, Neil.

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    1. I must be going doolally! I meant Iain, of course. Sorry!

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  16. He sure got lucky when the drawer wouldn’t close.
    A bit of an old style disc for him to work with. I’m
    sure it will be worth it to solve the mystery. Nice one, Neil.

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  17. HA HA HA … I read the comment by Penny above and had Neil still on my mind.
    Mmmm … Neil must be leaving his mark behind, and Penny and I found it. I suppose
    we’re detectives too, Iain. HA HA HA

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    1. 🙂 I was starting to get a little paranoid! 🙂

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      1. No need … just my distracted mind. HA HA

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  18. I like how you split that last bit into two sentences. Too bad the old broad had to die first 😦 Good story.

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    1. But she will have the last laugh it seems 🙂

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  19. Wait, where am I? I don’t recognize the place… Anyway. I am sure there are many secrets still on old disks. Hopefully we can still find a drive that still works. At least they weren’t 5″ floppies, or, worse yet, 8 inch! (I don’t know if I have seen an 8″ since I was in college.

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    1. Yes, I remember those big floppies that were actually floppy! Thanks Trent, hope the blog revamp wasn’t too confusing! 🙂

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      1. After the first 1/10 second not too confusing. It’s a nice, very clean look.

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  20. it looks like she wrote about her murder without even realizing it. anyway, congrats on the new look of your blog. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, all set for book launch 🙂

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  21. Hah, I have an external USB Floppy drive. Let me write you a quotation, then I’ll provide the data for you. 🙂 Great take, Iain, and I like the new layout.

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    1. Thanks, my detective may be in touch! 🙂 Thanks, all set for book launch next month!

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  22. You remind me of the TV Show “Murder, She Wrote…”

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    1. Yes, the photo has that vibe too 🙂

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  23. Floppy disks hey? That’s a trip down memory lane. Nicely done.

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    1. I do find comfort in the old tech, it’s nice that vinyl and cassettes are making a comeback! Thanks Sandra

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  24. Sounds like the start of your next novel.Nice one Neil – sorry, Iain! Like the new look by the way.

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    1. Haha! Neil/Iain, I don’t mind! Thanks Keith, it seems to have gone done well with the FriFic readers.

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  25. Those disks must be read. Indeed, they contain the questions for which we now have he answer. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Bill, a perfect way to look at it 🙂

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  26. Murder on the Floppy Disks, yes it’s a title not used by Agatha Christie 🙂

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    1. Hmm, not sure it’ll be a best seller with that title! 🙂

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  27. Entertaining story, with a tantalising mystery. I’d like to know the answer too, – ‘the real story’. I hope your MC shares it when he finds out. I really like this one. And I just had to laugh at your word of warning about old ladies in a previous comment. So true.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, glad you liked this one! 🙂

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  28. Reading floppy disk, difficult task. Intriguing story.

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  29. Great a greater mystery to unfold!

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  30. Ah-ha! Now the hard part, finding something that can read 3.5 inch floppy disks. I bet everybody said the same thing. Oh well.

    Your blog looks different. I thought I was in the wrong place for a 3.5 inch second.

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    1. Thanks, someone will have an old PC out there that can read the disks.

      New look for new book launch, hope you like it!

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  31. Oh, this is great! What a lead-in to a mystery short story? Even a novel?

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    1. Thanks Eugenia. We shall see…

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  32. Oh, an intriguing mystery! I’d read more of this.

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  33. Please tell me what was on them. Pretty please. A whiney please. 😀

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    1. Haha! I will have to think of a sequel! 🙂

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      1. I agree. There must be a story to those floppy disks worth knowing.
        But I want to know what the not so real story is that must be retold by those floppy disks. I see more than one squeal on the horizon. ;0) Or maybe the novel someone earlier suggested.

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      2. I’ll need to find the time to write it! Thanks 🙂

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      3. Time! Yes. I understand.

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  34. I’m sure my husband has at least one old computer which could read that either in the garage or our office.
    They made it quite easy leaving that disk in the desk. Bit of a gift.
    Great story and casts more light on this week’s effort.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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