Friday Fictioneers – 18 July

Every Friday writers from around the world contribute 100 word stories prompted by a photograph supplied by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields to Friday Fictioneers. Here’s my story and you can check out the others on Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers blog.

Copyright - Adam Ickes

Copyright – Adam Ickes

No Hard Feelings

While ever the wild goat’s head hung on the living room wall Jan believed her husband would come back. He’d hunted and killed it himself, proudly insisting on sending it to the taxidermist.

Twenty years later the goat’s eyes were still lively, the fur glossy brown. If only she’d preserved their marriage so well, but botox injections hadn’t worked.

Now her husband was marrying a vegetarian animal rights activist he met at the farmer’s market she’d sent him to.

No chance he’d come back now.

Jan had no hard feelings. She’d send the bride a present. Something her husband had loved.

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49 Responses to Friday Fictioneers – 18 July

  1. dianathrelfo says:

    Karen, your story is very well-thought out and witty. Made me laugh. Beautifully written too!

  2. Archon's Den says:

    No hard feelings – low mileage, easy on gas, owned by a little old lady. 👿

  3. margaret jackson says:

    Made me laugh too – loved the twist at the end.

  4. camgal says:

    Loved the ending…really no hard feelings, just hard horns lol

  5. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! I’ll be rammed, that’s one way to get back at him. Much bad korma coming her way.

  6. Dear Karen,

    You made me laugh out loud. A fitting wedding present indeed. 😉



  7. I’m so pleased you got a laugh out of the story, Rochelle. I’d like to see the grooms face when he sees the present.

  8. Sandra says:

    She’s all heart isn’t she? 🙂

  9. storydivamg says:

    Dear Karen,
    You are simply brilliant this week! I love the ending. I’d love to see the new bride’s face when she gets that gift. Neatly woven.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  10. Liz Young says:

    Nice one – revenge is a dish best served stuffed?

  11. hugmamma says:

    Revenge with a generous twist…I think.

  12. draliman says:

    Ooh, sweet revenge 🙂

  13. rgayer55 says:

    Ha! That ought to get her goat! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

  14. Karen, Well-written and humorous story with a great twist at the end. I hope they open that gift in front of the wedding guests and she put a note on the outside saying she was returning something he’d loved. There’ll probably be a lot of animal rights people at the wedding. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

    • Thanks very much for your comment, Susan. I’d love to see their faces, too. Yes, I imagine there would be many animal rights people there. To be a fly on the wall …

  15. Wickedly clever, Karen. “Botox injections hadn’t worked,” is a gem! This is one of my favorites this week; really well done!

  16. This is a well written story with a delicious twist at the end.

  17. I love your story, it is so cleverly contrucetd. Maybe I am not my usual self this week, but it didn’t make me smile. There is an undertone of sadness here, and it found that well hidden soft spot of mine.

    • Thanks for that wonderful response, Lore. Despite the desire to hurt him she is broken hearted by the news. That’s what you must be seeing. I’m sorry to get your soft spot but I’m sure she will be fine.

  18. Ha. great story.

    I wonder what location she requested that the ram’s head be delivered to. Randy

    • I imagined it being delivered to the bride at their place but I can see that wasn’t clear from the story. I guess the repercussions will be the same. Thanks for reading and for your comment, Randy.

  19. Amy Reese says:

    Ha! What a cruel joke. I wonder if the arrival of the ram’s head will change her feelings for him? Great, original story!

  20. Great ending. That’s the perfect way to get rid of that thing. Let the husband explain it to his new wife. 🙂

  21. Sarah says:

    Revenge is a dish best served cold (or stuffed, in this case.) Great story!

  22. elappleby says:

    This was great! Very funny – I laughed out loud when he went off to marry a vegetarian.

  23. Hah- that’s an awesome wedding gift…assuming there’s still a wedding once the bride-to-be opens it! You tell an unfortunate, and very realistic story with such witty humor. This was all perfectly planned- I love this!

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