FOR RICHER, FOR POORER, FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE

Time to do it, enough putting it off, you’ve been gone six months now.

As difficult as it is, there’s something therapeutic about clearing out your belongings. Especially in the garage. All the little knick-knacks you’ve kept over the years, never to be used.

Some I can sort into boxes, some I can give to others. The rest will go to the dump.

One small pile I’m not sure what to do with. Really I should destroy them, the souvenirs you kept. And the knives. I should really clean them up now. It’s evidence after all.

I smile. Happy memories.

Copyright Alicia Jamtaas

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).

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61 responses to “FOR RICHER, FOR POORER, FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE”

  1. Gosh! Knives are the evidence.
    She is missing, but her souvenirs are intact.

    Well expressed, Iain.

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    1. Thanks Anita, I was going for more of a happy marriage where they shared the same ‘hobby’. Interesting that you assume it is a ‘she’ who is missing and not ‘he.’

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      1. That was an assumption as no name was given.
        I assumed that the protagonist/narrator is a male as the writer of this story is a male- You! 🙂
        The words “clean them up” and “evidence” made me think of crime & that the end was sinister & not a happy marriage.

        Happy Marriage- He loves her and misses her and would love to keep all her things carefully.

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  2. A chilling last line!

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  3. Knives can be recycled and used again… with pleasure… 😀

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    1. Yes, they can last a lifetime! 🙂

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  4. It may be best not to give the knives away

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    1. May come in handy in the future after all.

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  5. Ooh! Love the twist at the end!

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  6. Happy memories of a dastardly yet satisfying deed presumably!

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    1. It’s nice to have shared hobbies in a marriage, something they both enjoy.

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  7. Agh! And here I thought he was being all sentimental!

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    1. Well, in their own way, yes! 😉

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  8. Ew, creepy. It ‘sparks joy,’ as they say, but not enough to keep the spoils of the hobby.
    But then again, maybe he/she will reconsider after handling the knives for washing up…
    🥀🕷🎃

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    1. Yes, they may get bored after a while and decide to create new memories…!

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  9. And the poignant tale’s breadcrumbs lead us to… a bear trap! You got me! Good one, Iain.

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    1. Thank you, nice to still cause a surprise or two!

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  10. LOL hope that wasn’t Archie or Alice :). This is very relevant as we have just gotten home from a 14 day trip to Oregon where we helped move my mom in law to an assisted living facility. 96 years of accumulated stuff!

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    1. Wow, sounds like a big job! Recently cleared out father-in-law’s garage after he passed away. Fortunately no discoveries like this one!

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  11. Creepiness at its best Iain. Love it

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  12. Great last line, wasn’t expecting that!

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      1. You’re very welcome; I enjoyed this.

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  13. Statue of limitations comes to the rescue.

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    1. It’s a good get out clause if you can last long enough 😉

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  14. Not sure how worried i should be about this person.

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    1. Depends if you live close by… 😉

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  15. Yes we were both similarly inspired by the photo. Yours a little more sinister though.

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    1. Sorry Iain, I’m having some problems with WP letting me comment – Sandra.

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  16. That started off as a sad story, tidying up as a widow or widower…but then that twist…evidence…that leaves lots of possibilities! Good story!

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    1. Thank you, that was the plan, glad it worked!

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  17. Love a dark twist! I imagined a man, who murdered his wife. Not sure why, but that was my first understanding. Could have been lots of other scenarios – very clever!

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    1. Thank you, yes open to interpretation as to who’s been killing who!!

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  18. The keeping of trophies…every serial killer’s treasure trove. shivers my spine to consider…..hmmm, maybe I better go and check that box on the closet shelf…heeemmmm

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    1. Crikey, hope you don’t find anything there!!

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  19. Right, Iain. But after six months, one might let one’s guard down a bi more. Just put them in a sale marked, “murder weapons — make offer.” 🙂

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    1. Someone is bound to snap them up!

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  20. What a surprise the ending was. I like to do that sometimes. It depends on the mood I am in.

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  21. i can truly relate except for the knives. and the backstory behind them. 🙂

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  22. Dear Iain,

    Just when I think he’s sentimental the story takes a sinister turn. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  23. Ah, it’s the old conundrum. What to do with happy mementos that are also evidence.

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    1. Can’t bear to part with them – guilty pleasure!

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  24. Oh, this took a dark turn. I love it!

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  25. Oh… oh dear
    I have a bad feeling about ‘how’ the other person left. Eeep

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    1. Natural causes… I’m sure…

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  26. […] A rare follow on from last week’s story: FOR RICHER, FOR POORER, FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE. […]

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