#FF — Baby, Please Come Home

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Fred began locking his phone. He stopped coming home after work and didn’t tell Delia why. He would sneak in late. During shared meals, the most he would speak were monosyllables.

Months later, a group of Delia’s co-workers invited her out for drinks. Jimmy, the known tomcat of the office, bought her Magners until everyone else left.

That fall, Jimmy and Delia are netflix and chillin’ at his place when someone knocks on the door. Opening it, they see it’s Fred, disheveled, crying – and holding a pistol.

I searched until I found your car. Baby, please come home.”

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news.com.au defines Netflix and Chill as:

The cheeky combination of “Netflix” and “chill” plastered all over social media actually refers to an invitation for something a bit more, er, R-rated. Like asking your date to come inside for a “cup of coffee”, extending a “Netflix and chill” invite is code for sex. Of course, the definition is open to interpretation.

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

45 Comments Add yours

  1. From the looks of that gun Baby is in such big trouble

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Excellent way of putting it, Larry.

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  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Fred has got a regret problem….Delia needs to run and run fast away.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope Jimmy is good for something besides tomcatting! That’s why you always look out to see who is there before opening your door.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes you do….especially these days.

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  3. Sadje says:

    The tables turned! Great take Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje. Indeed!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome

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  4. Vartika says:

    Netflix and chill is the new code word. I learn something new from your story. Please do tell us what happened to Delia.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Vartika. Glad you liked the story. Maybe there will be a part 2 next week 🙂

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      1. Vartika says:

        We will be waiting 😊

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    The pistol does kind of spoil the effect of his contrition

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! He may have gotten somewhere with her without it. Now the only place he’s going is to prison (or heaven/hell.)

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Not an invitation I would say yes to. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Things just became very complicated — or very simple.

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  7. James McEwan says:

    You don’t appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone. Me thinks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Me thinks you are right.

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  8. Dale says:

    So funny. I’ve been bingeing “Kim’s Convenience” and the parents just learned what Netflix and Chilling means.
    And good for Delia but not so good to convince her to come home while waving that gun around…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, I keep seeing the banner for “Kim’s Convenience” but haven’t taken the plunge. Worth a watch? Agreed on Delia and her up close and personal dilemma.

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      1. Dale says:

        I resisted. But after enjoying Schitts Creek so much, I figured hey, what the hell. It is so different yes enjoyable in another way. Can’t hurt to try, right?
        As for Delia, this is problematic, needless to say.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Dale, is it set in Canada?

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          1. Dale says:

            Unlike Schitts Creek that is in some ficticious place that could be anywhere – but they still reference places like Toronto or Saskatchewan, Kim’s Convenience is in Toronto – but it doesn’t really matter, you know? I could picture any ethnic neighbourhood 🙂

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  9. plaridel says:

    what can i say? it’s time for jimmy to man up and handle the situation like a superhero.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol He’ll probably run, screaming like a little girl 😉

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  10. Dear Lisa,

    In answer to the question, “Kim’s Convenience” is definitely worth the binge. 😉
    As for Fred and Della…methinks he had it coming. I hope he doesn’t pull the trigger.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dear Rochelle, with your endorsement of “Kim’s Convenience” I’ll give it a chance — right after finishing S3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” I’m going to need to clean my palate after that with some comedy. Yes on Fred and Delia, I hope things end well for Delia and Jimmy (i.e. living) and Fred gets the help he needs.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  11. Bill says:

    My Kingdom for a straight, honest answer. I gave up coding years ago. So far, it’s fine. 🙂
    Clever take, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Bill!

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  12. It’s a lot different when the shoe’s on the other foot, I guess Fred is finding out. Great story. I hope your summer is going well.
    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it is. She might have been convinced if he hadn’t brought the pistol! Thank you, David. This summer has had some bumps, but generally speaking it has been fabulous. Hope yours is going well also.

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      1. Good to hear. We all do what we can, right? I look forward to reading your stories more regularly in the coming weeks.

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  13. Forestwood says:

    Wow I just learned a new idiom. Netflix and chilling hey? I’ll remember that if I am made such an offer. I hope there is no gun involved! Well written!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, wonderful comment 🙂

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      1. Forestwood says:

        You are very welcome

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  14. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

    WOW that would be unsettling to say the least. Interesting.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope one of them retreats slowly and gets to their phone and dials 911. Probably Jimmy, while Delia entertains Fred’s delusion until help comes.

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      1. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

        I hope so too!

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  15. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooo not a good ending ! Mind you Fred was the one to act all terrible first. No way should she go back, and bringing a gun seals the deal

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Laurie, you make a good point. The pistol should give them the closure they need, one way or another!

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  16. GHLearner says:

    Guns, always guns. And Fred will get away with it, I bet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope not 😦

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  17. The pistol did it, or rather, undid it. Great story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Neel. Thank you.

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  18. authorfleurl says:

    Ohhh messy… Great story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good word for it, Fleur! Thank you.

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