#FF — Ready to be Flushed


PHOTO PROMPT © Trish Nankivell

Harold has been harassing Carla since the two of them were in kindergarten. When he pushed her in the gravel, she told her teacher; who just smiled and said, “That means he likes you.”

In middle school, Harold tried to kiss Carla in the park. She pushed him away and he slapped her face. She tried to tell her mom, but mom was passed out on the couch.

In high school, he raped her in the locker room, but police said, “Your word against his.”

Tonight Carla sits in Harold’s favorite bar with a .38 in her purse, waiting.

[99 words]

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

62 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    And now she’ll end up in jail because of him

    Liked by 1 person

  2. josaiawrites says:

    Powerful! Love this.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Hard not to be on Carla’s side, but I’m not sure that’s the answer.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You may be right, Iain. What else would you suggest to take Harold out? Dragged behind an ATV? 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Iain Kelly says:

        Something that means she won’t get caught would be the way to go.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Of course 😉

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  4. Dora says:

    Tolerating “boys will be boys” behavior (as well as all behavior by those in power) is what we’ve been taught to do cross-culturally. Often it does end in situations like this, where the powerless feel driven to seek justice for themselves.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Dora. Thank you for reading and your comment.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. liz young says:

    She’d be well advised to get out of town – preferably before she reached the point of murder. Harold doesn’t deserve the sacrifice of the rest of her life.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadly, I think that Carla is not the only one Harold has harmed and he will continue harming others until he is stopped. Why is it the victims always have to leave? Just a rhetorical question.

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  6. trentpmcd says:

    I agree with the others that there has to be a way were she doesn’t end up in jail. A few hints to her – don’t carry your cell as your position can be tracked, and don’t use your own computer for the research…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Good tips, Trent! And I’m guessing you don’t write fictional stories about it online either 😉

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      1. trentpmcd says:

        lol, no, that’s another good tip for her…

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  7. Fandango says:

    Sometimes you have to make your own justice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Fandango, yes 🙂

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  8. K.Hartless says:

    Excuses and explanations along the way. A trail of denial and enabling. Now, someone’s life will pay the price. Hers or his, I wasn’t sure… Oh, and I liked your piece. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      K, I think one way or another, the harassment will end after tonight. Thank you 🙂

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    I guess she’ll wipe him out. 🧻

    That’s some serious escalation. Thankfully, most of our immature attempts at flirtation don’t lead down that path. This is as serious an indictment of the adults as it is the participants. Someone stepping in at some point could have saved both of their lives. There are more plies here than the pictured toilet tissue.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Excellent and thoughtful comment, Nobbin. It’s a society-wide problem that is pervasive.

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  10. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Harold will be no more…I hate to see her in jail though…maybe hire an accident guy…damn breaks went out on Harold’s car! What a shame

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol Don’t give Carla any ideas….

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  11. plaridel says:

    sounds like poetic justice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, he’s earned it!

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  12. Danny James says:

    I’ll be sure to stay away from that bar.

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  13. Sadje says:

    Unfortunately, this happens way too often.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it does, and it is time for it to stop.

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      1. Sadje says:

        It is indeed.

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  14. draliman says:

    I really hope she’s planned it well and gets away with it.

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  15. memadtwo says:

    It’s always “boys will be boys”–that has not changed at all. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s time. I just read something the other day about having kids play dodgeball in school and what it teaches them (forgot the gist) but why oh why don’t they teach children things like meditation and self-defense?

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      1. memadtwo says:

        That’s a good question. There are many things that should be taught in school that are not. Like why did they get rid of home ec and shop (although both should be required by all sexes) Basic skills are important, and parents often don’t know how to do them to teach them. But everyone should know how to use tools, both domestic and mechanical.

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  16. Dear Lisa,

    Sounds like Harold’s about to meet his Maker. And not a moment too soon. I love the way you used the prompt. Perfect!

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, happy you see it that way. Thank you for your comment.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  17. He probably thought he’d have one last shot – but this wasn’t the shot he had in mind!

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  18. granonine says:

    That surely took a sinister turn. I knew he was rotten, though, when HE slapped HER. Jerk.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading, Linda, and your comment.

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  19. mickjscott says:

    Powerfully written. I think you have captured this form of oppression well, in so few words. Society continues to be shocked by this but never does anything about it. And so it goes on.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your informed comment, Mick.

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  20. What a tragic story for Carla. I hope she doesn’t go through with it, making her life worse than it already is. Not many good choices for her. So sad!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think giving him a good scare might do the trick, but he may take some convincing.

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  21. Totally unexpected, Jade. I see she reached her breaking point.
    I wish someone had listened. Sad …
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and understanding, Isadora.

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  22. subroto says:

    The title makes a lot of sense. However I feel Carla is heading down the wrong path.

    Arsenic in his drink would work better.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL I like how you set me up with your comment. Thanks for reading, subroto 🙂

      Like

  23. It seems the poor girl can never win, the support has never been there for her. Poignant piece

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael. It’s a systemic problem.

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  24. notestowomen says:

    After being let down so many times and him getting away with the things he did to her–which escalated to rape, she obviously feels that she has no other choice but to take matters into her own hands. I don’t agree with what she is planning to do but I understand why she was driven to it. Very powerful piece, Lisa. It touches on the lack of support and justice many have to deal with.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I appreciate your comment, Magarisa. It’s where she’s at and why she’s there. She is not going to approach him, even though she admits she’s acting as bait. If he does the right thing, no worries for him….

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  25. notestowomen says:

    You’re welcome. It would be interesting to see what happens. Will he be smart and leave her alone or take the bait and…?

    Cheers,
    Adele

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  26. Michael Humphris says:

    It sounds like there is not choice for her, but she will be stopping his game forever if she aims low.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good idea, Michael! Don’t kill him but maim him. The kneecaps or something else…

      Like

  27. ahtdoucette says:

    I don’t know how to feel about this story. So much feels! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re very welcome and glad you can see it’s a complicated situation.

      Like

  28. That is one big history condensed down so neatly. A disturbing story with real punch.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sarah!

      Like

  29. Laurie Bell says:

    OMG that poor poor child. This really demonstrates how one little reaction or inaction… leads to another, leads to another… leads to hell. A chilling message in this. Well written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much for reading and your thoughtful comment.

      Like

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