The Facilitator – Friday Fictioneers, March 2022

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Clouds shift lazily, allowing the full moon to bathe the ruins in silver.

The two prostrate figures in the arena below me haven’t moved in almost an hour; I think it may be over.

I could scramble down to check, but I care less for confirmation than I do my new Louboutins.

I didn’t kill them, you understand… though I may well have ‘facilitated’ matters.  An incautious word in someone’s ear…

Sharing facts isn’t a crime;  not reporting a crime is.

I pull out my phone, as pebbles roll behind me.

I thought he’d left.

I need another plan… right now.

We’re having a run of beautiful Spring days here in Dorset. I hope you’re enjoying similar. Thanks to Rochelle, the leader of Friday Fictioneers for her continued efforts.

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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46 Responses to The Facilitator – Friday Fictioneers, March 2022

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I loved the detail about not scuffing the new Laboutins

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    It seems likely the the facilitator is about to cover his tracks.

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  3. Dear Sandra,

    It sounds like the facilitator might be about to scuff her Laboutins. 😉 Wonderful descriptions and just enough tension at the end to leave me hanging.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. dmmacilroy says:

    There was a young writer named Crook
    Who lived in a boat on a brook
    She wrote all the time
    And her stories were fine
    But never as long as a book

    (Checking in, saying hi and that I am glad to read that you are still in fine form. Cheers, D.)

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    • Sandra says:

      Hi Doug, how lovely to hear from you and know you are still around. I particularly liked the ‘young’ writer bit. How I wish… well I don’t really, but I know I’m supposed to. I don’t get to FF as often as I’d like, but when I find you there it makes it all worth while. Cheers x

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  5. The simple mention of a phone shifts the story 2000 years, nice one!

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Beware the facilitators, or the facilitator’s facilitator in this case. Lovely details.

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  7. msjadeli says:

    Good storytelling. Hopefully her own rationalizations aren’t used against her, which it seems like is happening at the end…

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  8. elmowrites says:

    You carry us along your story saying so much without telling us anything at all. Fantastic piece, Sandra.

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  9. Bill says:

    Tension, indeed. Wall done, Sandra.

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    You bring an air of stillness to the scene of murder, and then break the silence with the least obtrusive of noises…Very skilful writing, Sandra.

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  11. Ah, no evil deed goes unpunished …
    A very well penned scene. I could feel it.

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  12. Quite a cliffhanger. plan B it is.

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  13. Danny James says:

    OK I had to google it. Now I get it!

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  14. Great imagery in this story, Sandra.
    I enjoyed the read and tension at the end.
    Isadora 😎

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  15. Nobbinmaug says:

    It’s always the facilitators who cause the trouble while keeping their… shoes clean. Great first line. It draws the reader in and sets the scene perfectly.

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  16. Great story, Sandra. Looks like even the facilitator might be getting facilitated. To be fair, the best way to get away with murder is to get someone else to do it.
    -David

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  17. Tannille says:

    Have to be a quick thinker in that line of work.

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  18. plaridel says:

    you kept me hanging. i wonder what happened next.

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  19. draliman says:

    Sounds like your protagonist didn’t factor in all the variables.

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  20. Margaret says:

    This had me guessing throughout. Every paragraph brought a new twist. Brilliant. I’m in awe.

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  21. James McEwan says:

    There is a sense of mystery and betrayal of trust in this piece. For a reason I can’t explain, it reminds me of John Le Carre’s ‘Little Drummer Girl’.

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  22. authorfleurl says:

    Tension and intrigue. Nicely done!

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  23. Patricia Clair says:

    For God’s sake, yes, please save the Louboutins! 🙂

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  24. Dale says:

    Damn. She best take those babies off and hightail it out of there! You can never take in a moment with certain jobs…

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