#FF — Choose

PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

Choose

She bought the old manual typewriter on a whim. It seemed to call to her that day in the antique shoppe.

Robert was in bed snoring when she set it up in the study. Sipping Merlot, wondering what to type, she needn’t have; as the moment her fingertips rested on asdfjkl; they typed of their own volition faster than she’d ever typed in her seventy years.

Eyes widened, throat dry, and breath shallow she read the words:

“I’ve waited thirty years for you to tell Robert. Now choose which of you joins me at midnight.”

The clock struck eleven.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the host of Friday Fictioneers.

85 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    This is so good. I want more of this story.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Great premise, Jade.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neil.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    An evil spirit communicating through a type writer – great start to a ghost story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Who says the spirit is evil? Maybe she’s the evil one for hiding an important secret for so long? Just sayin…

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    2. msjadeli says:

      p.s. thank you for reading and commenting

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  4. Intriguing write – and I so like intrigue.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Anthony!

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  5. Oh my goodness, that gave me a chill. What a take on the photo prompt!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Some things won’t be put off forever… Thank you for reading and your comment, Susan 🙂

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  6. Faustian pact, is it? This could be so very interesting

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m not sure. I just think the one typing the words is tired of the one who has gotten away with something for a long time getting away with it.

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      1. Who knows what kind of vengeance can even be gotten from beyond the grave?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          If he/it can type from beyond the grave….

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  7. I think that she is either going to tell Robert about that time that she cheated on him, or that she plans to leave him.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Big change is coming for one of them. If only she’d spilled her guts sooner…

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  8. Nobbinmaug says:

    What now? The typewriter knows too much. It might have to be taken for… “a ride.”

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  9. badfinger20 says:

    Maybe it’s the preacher who wasn’t a real preacher who married them…and she knew all along but didn’t tell Robert…Robert has to find out he is not married.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 You never know!

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  10. theresaly520 says:

    Chilling mystery

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sa!

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  11. draliman says:

    A haunted typewriter! An hour to decide…

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  12. Sandra says:

    How intriguing, and so very sinister. You must take this further.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra. I will see what I can do. Maybe continue the story with the next prompt if I can.

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  13. Dear Lisa,

    There’s something über chilling about a possessed inanimate object. The stuff of good horror stories. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you and glad you were chilled by the story!
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  14. Very mysterious! So many possibilities – I love it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Clare, glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. memadtwo says:

    Many possibilities both before and after…(K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you see potential there 🙂 On another topic, I worked on a collage earlier today, trying to recreate the image I saw in a dream. It’s coming together nicely!

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Excellent! I’ll look out for it.

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  16. granonine says:

    Yikes! At her age, the poor woman will have a stroke or heart attack before midnight!

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  17. plaridel says:

    at least, she gets to pick. lovely. 🙂

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  18. Lynn Love says:

    Love the premise. I’m just wondering if Robert’s going to suffer! 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You might find out next week!

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  19. Whoa! This is good stuff, Lisa. More please!

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  20. Wow, what’s going on? What’s happening in the garden we need to know.

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  21. I’m coming back in an hour! Brilliant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Keith!

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  22. ceayr says:

    Gotta love a typewriter with a mind of its own – or someone else’s!
    Great fun

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks! Hey, I don’t want to be a pest or unreasonable, but is there a way you can designate your scary stories with an asterisk after the title so I can feel safe to read the non-scary ones and skip the scary ones? Feel free to say hell no. Just askin… Right now I can’t read any of them, which is unfortunate because I really like your writing.

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      1. ceayr says:

        Hmm, this is a bit embarrassing, because I wasn’t aware that I wrote scary stories.
        I just looked back and I don’t think I have written anything with even a hint of nastiness in many weeks, which rather surprises me!
        So I think you need to help me out here or else, sadly, I am going to lose a valued reader.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Well, the last one I read and/or tried to read was about a person on vaca who decided to “treat himself” with a couple of children (best my memory can recall.) It’s ok, carry on!

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  23. Dale says:

    I echo everyone else when I say we want more!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks for reading and glad you like the cliffhanger.

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  24. pennygadd51 says:

    Now that is a chiller! I’m not sure telling us what happens next will make it any better. The one hour to choose premise is really scary.
    Show us the knife, and we’ll imagine the blood…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well she’s had years to choose not to tell Robert whatever it is she needed to. I guess whoever it is decided to set a deadline (pun intended — hey, that should have been the title!)

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  25. Wow, a Ouija board typewriter with an ultimatum.
    Will He be her type (pun intended), or will she go with him who is behind her bedroom door?

    Let’s spin the Wheel of Fortune!

    fun story.

    Randy

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I got a chuckle out of your comment, Randy. Glad you enjoyed the story.

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  26. susanmehr says:

    I love where this story is going, pitty it has to stop at one hundred words. Well penned.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Susan, glad you enjoyed it.

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  27. Mike says:

    She has left it rather late to store thing up, but what I ask myself is she up to

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hoping to answer some questions next week, Mike.

      Like

  28. I really liked the crisp compactness of the narrative, most satisfying to read.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

      Like

  29. Keigh Ahr says:

    This was mystical but at the same time realistic. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Keigh!

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      1. Keigh Ahr says:

        You’re welcome!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for sharing!

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  30. subroto says:

    Oh dear she is in a spot of bother. Not everyone gets a Ghost Writer that they are comfortable with.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 great comment!

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  31. James McEwan says:

    They say write what you know, I sense some guilty secrets are about to be revealed.

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  32. Russell says:

    I am intrigued!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Good! That was my intent! 🙂

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  33. The shallow breath made me think of covid-19 infection… Maybe this should be called “Love in the time of Corona” … the writer could have been a female version of Florentino Ariza

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Such a wonderful response.

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  34. magarisa says:

    Sometimes, characters in a story take on a life of their own, but this scenario goes way beyond that. A chilling tale

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I’m going to try for another installment this week…

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  35. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooo thisbus fabulous!
    Love the dark turn. I want to know so much more.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laurie. You may learn more in this week’s installment.

      Like

  36. pvcann says:

    A great story, this really kept my attention.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. I think it’s a great shaggy dog story. In my imagination its the muse who is stalking her.

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