#FF — For the first time

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I’d allowed myself to be talked into attending the farce of a wedding, then reception. The dunce cap napkins said it all. Everyone knew Melinda’s marital pattern of marriage-to-millionaire followed by unfortunate-death-of-groom, then whirlwind-romance-leading-to-engagement-with-next-rich-dupe. She forgot what number Harold was: 4? 5?

Even my hard-boiled cynicism couldn’t ignore how Melinda and Harold looked at and held each other while dancing. Maybe this time my baby sister had found true love.

“Endless Love,” was on the DJ’s platter when they arrived; one detective and two uniformed officers.

Cuffing Harold, Detective Jones said, “You’re under arrest for murdering your wife, Jeri.”

[100 words]

 

 

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the steadfast host of Friday Fictioneers.

95 Comments Add yours

  1. Haha, she got away lightly there 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Yes she did!

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  2. Dale says:

    That *might* have been the end of her M.O.!

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Harold obviously needed to take lessons from Melinda! 🙂

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  4. ceayr says:

    Birds of a feather, hmm…

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    Such a pity. They had so much in common

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  6. Oh. Looks like she had a narrow escape!

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    1. Melinda is clearly more smart than Harold!

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Yes she is! A serial killer, but a smart one.

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    2. msjadeli says:

      Yes, she did! But now she is heartbroken. Life is such a twisty biscuit.

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      1. I;m sure she will move on though. 😉

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  7. I like those surprise twists at the end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I was going to have it be her who gets arrested, but then I thought let’s shake things up 🙂

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  8. granonine says:

    What a great twist! In this case, like attracts like 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Uh-huh. I wonder if they’ll stay married?

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      1. granonine says:

        With him in jail for murder, I wouldn’t think so. She’ll grab what she can of his fortune and continue hunting, don’t you think?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I don’t know, anything is possible 🙂

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  9. Dear Lisa,

    This isn’t far from a real life situation here with a friend’s sister. Sad she finally found Mr. Right and he turns out he couldn’t be more wrong. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, sorry to hear it about your friend’s sister. Glad you enjoyed it.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  10. Sadje says:

    This is so good Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  11. ghostmmnc says:

    Actually sounds like they were a good match for each other – two of a kind so to speak. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Yes, indeed!

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  12. Ah, they always get them in the end. Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 What about Melinda???

      Like

  13. It takes one to marry one

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it does 🙂

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  14. memadtwo says:

    That would have been an interesting marriage. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it would.

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  15. Yikes! Sounds like her sister had a close call there!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes she did!

      Like

  16. plaridel says:

    what a downer! they seemed to be perfect for each other. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well, they are both still alive, which is saying something. Who is to say they still aren’t?

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  17. Such a beautiful song.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it is. It gives the singers a chance to shine. Luther and Mariah are the ones to make it.

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  18. Nobbinmaug says:

    I love me some Luther. If silk were a sound… He murdered Lionel Ritchie on that album. Luther outdid him on “Endless Love” and “Hello.” What’s left for Lionel? “Brick House?” “Easy?” At least Luther didn’t cover “Three Times A Lady.”

    They sound like a good match. I wonder if either would be happy if the marriage happened, and they didn’t have anyone to kill or if they’d try to kill each other. Nice twist.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Poor Lionel lol.

      I wonder about them too. Maybe they’d team up? As long as he put the toilet seat down after use, he’d probably be safe.

      Thanks for your funny and thoughtful comment.

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  19. Well, one CAN see what they saw in each other, then … 😉

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  20. badfinger20 says:

    Melinda dodged a big old bullet…but she is still rich I guess.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, I’m going to quote The Beatles: “Money can’t buy [Melinda] love.”

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        No it cannot…and her habit almost bought her the farm.

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  21. 4963andypop says:

    Black widow meets black widower? Nice twist

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  22. draliman says:

    Nice twist! If the’y managed to get married it would maybe have turned out like that film “Mr and Mrs Smith”, where they spend all their time trying to kill each other 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol, you never know!

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  23. Russell says:

    I think Melinda just dodged one of her own bullets! I liked that turn around at the end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think so too, Russell. Thanks and glad you liked the turn around.

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  24. mjlstories says:

    Great twist there!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  25. Ha! Surprised me, that’s for sure. Thank you!

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  26. Irene says:

    Such a delightful short story! I feel like we got to know the characters well in four brief paragraphs.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very happy you enjoyed the story, Irene. Thank you.

      Like

  27. calmkate says:

    lol made me laugh, loved that twist … they had met their match!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Uh huh. Good thing Miss Marple was on the case to nab him in time!

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  28. Pradeep says:

    A good twist at the end. Melinda’s time might not be too far, and she would be able to join Harold in prison!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very possibly!

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  29. Well done! I guess birds of a feather flock together.
    Ronda

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  30. Brilliant twist — you caught me. And “The dunce cap napkins said it all” had me laughing out loud. It says so much about the narrator’s attitude.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your wonderful and astute comment.

      Like

  31. Oh I absolutely love this one!x

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, thank you.

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  32. A very well-suited pair! Great story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  33. Oh the irony, he makes one mistake and gets nabbed while she gets away with serial murder. 🙂 The twist made this an excellent piece, well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Michael, yes, life has an ironic aspect to it much of the time 🙂 Glad you liked it, thanks.

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  34. magarisa says:

    Harold’s quite the amateur compared to Melinda! Having Melinda’s sister tell the story makes it even more interesting than it would’ve been with Harold or Melinda as narrator. Very well done, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Magarisa, thank you for your kind words. The whole story was sparked by those napkins!

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      1. magarisa says:

        You’re welcome, Li. One never knows where inspiration will come from. 😊

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  35. pennygadd51 says:

    Love the twist! You heighten it very cunningly with your hints that Melinda has found true love this time!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed the story, Penny, thank you.

      Like

  36. Sandra says:

    Now that’s what I call a serious twist.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Uh-huh. It even threw me for a loop!

      Like

  37. Love the twist at the end. Melinda and Harold are well matched it turns out, though she’s better at not getting caught ! Nicely told.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks!

      Like

  38. Who would have guessed that Harold was Bluebeard

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Exactly

      Like

  39. Nan Falkner says:

    WHOA! Very, clever! The surprise ending – What a turn of events. I ENJOYED THIS!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nan, so glad you enjoyed the story, thank you!

      Like

  40. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooo so she had found a soul mate… two birds of a feather. This time she was lucky.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes she was!

      Like

  41. pvcann says:

    I have a list of people I’d like her to meet 🙂

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