Reaching a Conclusion – Friday Fictioneers, September 2021

Copyright Penny Gadd

I like to walk by the river at dawn – it helps me reflect, to see things more clearly.

“We were only drifting along, you and I,” he’d said, “not really going anywhere.”

That wasn’t the way I’d seen it; I thought we had a future together.  He was everything to me.

I didn’t watch him go, just let him drift away.

Besides, I had to bury the knife and freshen up a tad; I hate messy endings.

I like to walk by the river.  I see things more clearly.

To be honest, now I’m wondering whether he really was my type.

Apologies for a re-tread again, originally posted 10 years ago, although I believe it may have had a second outing five years ago. My excuse this week is unique – it was our silver wedding anniversary yesterday. How time flies. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers; why not join us?

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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35 Responses to Reaching a Conclusion – Friday Fictioneers, September 2021

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Beautifully understated.

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  2. Anita says:

    Gosh! She literally watched him drift away & put an end to the mess.
    Knife is buried somewhere in the river-bed. Will the cops be on her trail?
    Rivers hold so many secrets…

    The Blue Birds- By Anita

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  3. Dear Sandra,

    I love the way you bring this story full circle with a little murder in between. I think I might remember this one…but only because it’s so good. A pleasure to read it again. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Ain Starlingsson says:

    You murder so nicely m’dear…….hahaha! Rather cool, calm and collected if you ask me!

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  5. Dale says:

    Like Ain said, you murder so smoothly, Sandra! Wonderful circle you’ve created here (repeat or not. We ain’t judging!) Happy Silver!

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  6. elmowrites says:

    Remember the day when is wasn’t FF until somebody got murdered? Seems to be less of that around these days, but yours were always standouts – the subtlety and circularity of this one make it a masterclass.
    CONGRATULATIONS on the silver wedding – what a wonderful story to celebrate it with too 😉

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    • Sandra says:

      Yes, it was a hotbed of murder at one point, I remember. Then someone pointed it out to me and I switched over to dysfunctional families. I’d had far more experience with that anyway. 🙂

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  7. She seems so cold, treating a murder in a what.else.is.new? way

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  8. Dora says:

    Sandra,
    A window into a psychopathic mind. wonderfully written!
    pax,
    dora

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  9. notestowomen says:

    Wow. This was a very well written chiller. Congratulations on your silver anniversary, Sandra 🙂

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  10. If she was to get caught she’d probably get 25 years, but they wouldn’t be nearly as satisfying as those that you have just celebrated! Congratulations, Sandra.

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  11. Bear says:

    Happy Anniversary! I hope it’s filled with joy. Great story ten years ago, still great today! 🙂

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  12. James McEwan says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary. I hope you cut the cake first with the knife.

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  13. GHLearner says:

    Happy anniversary!
    Everybody else already commented on the masterful use of repetitions here. I also loved the humour. I am a bad person and laughed out loud.

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  14. pennygadd51 says:

    Teehee! I love how you subverted the tranquillity of my photograph! Great little story, Sandra.

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  15. michael1148humphris says:

    Congratulations,

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  16. Sheena says:

    ‘Freshen up a tad’… Ooo I loved that. With that you didn’t just bury the knife, you twisted it too. I hope the poor chap deserved it.

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  17. athling2001 says:

    Maybe he wasn’t her type after all. Lovely tale.

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  18. plaridel says:

    come to think of it, murder can be less messy if you can get away with it.

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  19. We never know what behind the facade.
    Great story, Sandra. I enjoyed the flow.
    Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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  20. What a cool way to bump off one you’d loved (hopefully!). Loved this story, Sandra.

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