neelwrites/FF/something’ssmelly/fiction/100words/02/08/2017

Something’s smelly

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

By Neel Anil Panicker

It began as a single red rose.

Delivered to her workstation; initially, only on Mondays, and then on every other day, and finally, every single day.

All placed inwards, as if the benefactor were aware of the seating arrangement of the beneficiary; the flowers, fresh and trimmed to perfection were delivered with metronomic precision within a measly thirty seconds, the time that it took for Esther to grab a cup of espresso from the office corner.

It’s only when the largesse began arriving at her doorsteps and came wrapped around

a pair of surgical blades that cold fear set in.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #FF #fiction #something’ssmelly #100words

 

47 thoughts on “neelwrites/FF/something’ssmelly/fiction/100words/02/08/2017

  1. Feeling distinctly edgy now. Very sinister, Neel.

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  2. Yes, that would definitely start to give you a sense of fear! Well played Neel.

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  3. gahlearner

    Gulp. Time to call the police, I think. Scary story.

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  4. Truly sinister. A difficult task for this prompt. Excellent stuff.

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  5. what is it about these poor flowers that made people think of stalkers? Very creepy take on the prompt, Neel

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  6. Dear Neel,

    I was going to ask the question but Lynn beat me to it. Menacing flowers those. Note: The correct spelling and pronunciation is ‘espresso.’ Not to worry Americans can’t get it right, either.
    Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks a lot for your appreciation, Rochelle. And oops! how could I miss espresso!
      Glad you pointed it out.

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      1. You’re very welcome, Neel. Like I said the mistake is made all the time by Americans. I’m glad you don’t mind my nitpicking.

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  7. Don’t know. I guess seen enough of life to now look at seemingly harmless things with well developed cynicism.

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  8. Tiny bombs are a better idea than blades.

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    1. Guess so but the blades would do the job as well. Thanks Reena.

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  9. I’ve noticed a pattern in these stories based on the prompt. Stories on guilt, love, and stalkers. It’s interesting which direction the different authors take. You laid out a very chilling ending. Good work.

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    1. Yes, even i have seen the same trend amongst writers for this prompt. I guess we writers suffer from a common malaise. Thanks a lot for your appreciation, James.

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  10. Jelli

    ouuuuuuu, vicious.

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  11. Moon

    Chilling! I wonder what would happen of Esther at the end of it all.

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    1. That’s a very scary thought even i wouldn’t dare envison, Moon.

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  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Ew, creepy. Love nice build before it turned dark.

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  13. Dale

    I don’t like this flower giver at all… I feel all icky and gross.

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    1. If you feel so and rightfully so, then i have succeeded as a writer. Thanks Dale.

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  14. Your sinister stranger obviously has evil intentions. Time for the lady to move and leave no forwarding address.

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    1. Absolutely. She should run faster than a panther and in the opposite direction. Thanks.

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    1. I know. It’s scary with a capital S. Thanks Keith. I will now go and read yours.

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  15. Quite a creepy tale, I must say. A crisp narrative that brings out the sense of the sinister rather sharply! Well done!

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  16. This definitely is NOT going to end well for her!

    I love the phrase “metronomic precision” because I was a music major and this was GREAT!

    You keep things fresh in the way you express yourself, Neel. I think English is doing that for you. That is GOOD. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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    1. I am glad when astute writers like you praise my writing. Thanks, dear Kent.

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  17. That’s a telltale sign of a crazed stalker. Hope she has her pepper spray ready. Well written, Neel. Loved the language that complemented the sinister tone of the story.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Varad. It was very sweet of you to say that.

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  18. Maybe he just wants one kidney for a transplant. Sick and twisted.

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  19. Hope the stalker develops cold feet and the lady is safe. flowers delivered within 30 seconds. that is very quick. as usual Neel a brilliant write-up.

    http://ideasolsi65.blogspot.in/2017/08/prompt-dale-rogerson-she-practiced-neck.html

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    1. The guy is super fast, isn’t he? Thanks Kalps for the appreciation.

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    2. Thanks immensely, dear Kalps.

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  20. Well! That took an ugly turn (in a good way!)

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  21. Gosh! That made my hair stand. Well done Neel!

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    1. I will take that as a big compliment. Thanks a lot.

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  22. From pruning flowers to pruning people, great intro to a murder mystery. Well done, Neel.

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  23. Hmmm, what changed to take it there? Did she switch to lattes? Well done, Neel.

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