#FF — disagreement (aka sacrifice)


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There were things that needed to be cleared up between them. Jake was mild-mannered but salty and firm when necessary. Gayle was sweet with a textured personality.

Their seven-year relationship became complicated on their sailing vacation to the Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire. While scuba-diving, Jake found a jewel-encrusted dagger under a cave ledge. Gayle insisted it be given to Chilean government for their museum. Jack felt different ever since holding the knife.

Their late night conversation on deck over rum and poppers ended abruptly. Gayle’s lifeless form sank in a red cloud — to the kaiju gods.

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Note: Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning “strange creature”. In English, it has come to mean “monster” or “giant monster.”

 

Rochelle is the motivating host of Friday Fictioneers.

69 Comments Add yours

    1. msjadeli says:

      Sounds like a bad b horror film doesn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Archon's Den says:

        Sounds like a good B horror movie. I miss the (not-so) great British ones of the 1960s. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I love those old Hammer Films. My ex-bf used to have 3 sets of them: one with mummies, one with vampires, and one with Frankensteins.

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          1. Archon's Den says:

            Hammer!! That’s the name I couldn’t remember. I used to watch them stag. When I met my (eventual) wife, I tried to take her several times. I’d pay for two tickets. We’d watch the coming attractions and the cartoons. Five minutes after the feature started,, the eerie music would begin to play…. and we’d have to get up and leave.
            I wonder if they’re available on Netflix, or YouTube?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Just checked. Why yes, they are ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Lael-Heart says:

    I’m not saying its right but I’m saying I understand!
    ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Good story! I was surprised by my reaction. Me & Me have some chatting to do, lol.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol! Thanks, Lael!

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Well that escalated quickly!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The knife is enchanted which does tend to escalate things ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Always enjoy your warped twists… ;-)))

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Kevin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Whoa! Good one, Lisa. Love it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Susan ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    An artifact that is, perhaps, best left undisturbed…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed. He should have tossed the knife back to its resting place.

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  6. Sadje says:

    Great story telling Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Sadje says:

        A pleasure Li

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  7. memadtwo says:

    Beware of daggers…(k)

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  8. Dale says:

    It brings that whole “seven year itch” to a whole nother level…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ha ha yes, Dale, it does. I put seven years together in as a distraction/setup.

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  9. Russell says:

    Awesome story! Loved how you characterized Jake and Gayle with the olives and jelly. Clever that!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Russell!

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  10. Sandra says:

    That was so graphic. I could see the body descending through the water. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra. Now I wish I would have written he tossed the dagger back into the sea…

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  11. Dear Lisa,

    What a horrible find and end. Well done…well…I mean…you know. Well written. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you very much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  12. Iain Kelly says:

    That’s one way to sort things out between them!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe he wasn’t himself anymore….

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  13. I’m wondering if the Kaiju Gods placed it under the cave ledge for him to find.

    Here’s my story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You never know…

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  14. plaridel says:

    somebody went overboard. i don’t know who it was. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah, that is an element of uncertainty I hadn’t thought of!

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  15. Salty and sweet the foreshadowing of disaster.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I just went by the olives and the jam by the sink, and the basin gave me the setting ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. granonine says:

    Yikes, Jade! I guess a “few things” did indeed change! Great story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda!

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  17. draliman says:

    Those cursed daggers can be tricky things… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Given what is happening in Chile now, maybe the government did get the dagger in the end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good connector! Off the hook what is happening there.

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  19. Mike says:

    Thatโ€™s one bad knife and one good story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Mike, thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed the story.

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  20. Intriguing tale, so well told!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Brenda!

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  21. Nobbinmaug says:

    Don’t you dare take my knife, woman. It’s my… my… my PRECIOUS!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh dear, I didn’t think there might be a critter-owner living in that cave…

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  22. Abhijit Ray says:

    Interesting story. The dagger must have been possessed. The real owner of the dagger had changed personality of mild mannered Jake, so much so he killed his life partner!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! The dagger is cursed. Makes you wonder how it ended up in the sea to begin with…

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  23. badfinger20 says:

    So Jack went Jack Nicholson from the Shining.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol yes. Maybe he was tired of the cold mountain hotel and decided to take a nice tropical vaca with his new wife ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Lol… โ€œGive me the knife….โ€

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Did you see where someone commented that the knife may belong to a golem in the cave? The plot thickens…

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          1. badfinger20 says:

            Yes I did…”Precious”…it would be a good way to go

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  24. magarisa says:

    Jake’s not going to get away with it! He may consider himself fortunate to have found the jewel-encrusted dagger, but I have the feeling it has cursed him and will bring about his downfall.
    Excellent storytelling, Li. What a vivid image of Gayle sinking into a red cloud.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anyone cursed and/or possessed will have a bad ending, you’re right. He should have thrown it overboard, not his wife.

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      1. magarisa says:

        He definitely should’ve thrown the dagger overboard and kept his wife on board.

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooo love it. Mysterious knife with an evil spirit inside perhaps.
    Poor things. There’s a holiday with a horrible end

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wonder what happens next and I wrote the story! lol

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  26. Lynn Love says:

    I love your opening, that brief description of their personalities – works so well. And the ending, well how could it be otherwise? They were so very different from the start. Great story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lynn, for your thoughtful comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. pvcann says:

    I love the dark twist. Sharp.

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  28. Carol Anne says:

    Ooooo! Loved it! What an twist!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      yes, literally!

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