Friday Fictioneers – The Passionate Collector

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

The Passionate Collector

“Of course, the old typewriter was Hemingway’s,” drawled Benson. He’d invited me in for a nightcap after our first date. “Look – you can see traces of blood on the keys.” As though absentmindedly, he half drained the glass of red wine he’d poured for me. “Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992; an unbelievable vintage,” he murmured.

“At least it’s a bourgeois lamp,” I muttered under my breath.

“And the lamp,” continued Benson, relentlessly, “is the first prototype made for Louis Tiffany by Clara Driscoll.”

There was only one response I could make to Benson’s vulgar display of wealth.

Reader, I married him.

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55 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Passionate Collector

    • Dear Neil
      Thank you for reading and commenting. She may have contempt for him, but she loves his money and she’s the most beautiful woman in the world; and he’s a collector, Perhaps their strong mutual self-interest will keep them alive?
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Sandra
      Thank you for reading and commenting. No, she didn’t regret it. Well, Benson was extraordinarily wealthy, and shrewd enough to keep the items of his collection in tip-top condition – including the most beautiful woman in the world…
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. I found it a tricky post. The first sentence leapt into my head immediately but then I got stuck for hours and hours! And then the first draft felt wrong. Eventually, I remembered Neil’s good advice to me about foreshadowing, and at last things fell into place. So I’m really glad that you enjoyed it so much!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Yes, this needed perseverance. I’m also happy to give a shout to all Friday Fictioneers who provide constructive criticism. Without Neil’s good advice about three years ago, this story wouldn’t have happened!

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    • Dear Susan
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed my take on the prompt. The first line leapt into my head the instant I saw the photo; the rest of it took a great deal longer!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Michael
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Who said anything about the long run? She just needs long enough for the alimony to be generous, and then that girl’s outta there! I know what you mean about Hemingway’s typewriter…
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear CE
      Thank you for reading and for your very kind comment. I’m delighted someone whose writing is as entertaining as yours is should enjoy my attempt at humour!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  1. Of course she married him… what else could she have done? 😉
    Judging from the comment she muttered under her breath, she didn’t like him even when they first started dating. That makes me wonder if she has a history of dating men she doesn’t like.
    The twist at the end was brilliantly executed, Penny.

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