#FF — Alternative Programming


PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

Chimes flutter at six. Each of us in the dorm are dressed in identical cream scrubs. We stand as one from straw floor pallets. We hygiene and breakfast. At seven we converge on the temple, to hang our egos at the door and cleanse our minds.

We sit cross-legged, eyes closed, and are instructed to meditate (i.e. absorb Master’s droning platitudes.)

Instead, my mind wanders to when I walked in on you and Mary; each detail clear until I raise the knife.

Whether in here or gen pop is irrelevant. I vow to remember the knife plunging into your heart.

[100 words]

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

64 Comments Add yours

  1. Ron. says:

    Add a stab for me, OK?

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds like they think prison time was a price worth paying.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      May be. I think wherever they are they are in prison with that kind of obsession.

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  3. Those memories can be so intense~

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  4. Dear Lisa,

    I liked hang our egos at the door. She doesn’t sound like she’s sorry or ever will be. Hell hath no fury….Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, like U2 sings, “stuck in a moment and can’t get out of it.” Thanks much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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      1. You’re quite welcome, Lisa 💜

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    I too liked the hanging of the egos at the door

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  6. I’ve been cheated on and had my heart broke…I suppose some people take it harder than others.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think in her case it drove her insane… Thanks for reading, Dawn.

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  7. Sadje says:

    Quite the unexpected turn of events.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s been awhile since I went this dark. Must be the eternal gray weather…

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      1. Sadje says:

        Could be, but still a gripping tale

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          1. Sadje says:

            You’re welcome

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  8. Tannille says:

    Some people will never forget no matter what. I feel this could make a great psychological thriller.

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  9. Well, here I was thinking she was having a nice meditative moment. Haha. But then again, I suppose there are all kinds of meditative moments!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading, Sascha. Indeed!

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  10. This is insanely dark! She should have hung her ego at the door, forgiven, and moved on.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Santosh! The thing with shoulds is what suits one may not suit another. When logic and heart separate, it gets even more complicated…

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      1. Marleen says:

        When logic and heart separate… so well put.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks, Marleen 🙂

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  11. James McEwan says:

    Jealousy and infidelity certainly need a lot of meditation to cleanse the mind. I hope she washed the knife and disposed of it. A dark story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      James, great comment and appreciate your support for the character. Thanks!

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  12. That got dark in a hurry, a deep take on the prompt, well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Mason.

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  13. Sandra says:

    I’m not sure there will be enough meditational opportunities to cleanse that from his/her life anyway.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sandra, I fear you are right.

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  14. memadtwo says:

    Quite the contrast here. High. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Kerfe. Shades of “Clockwork Orange.”

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  15. As long as her mind is free, she is no one’s prisoner. Not fully, at least. Good for that!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Na’ama! She is only imprisoned by herself, and only she can break the bonds.

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      1. Indeed! Not easy, but still far more possible than for those who aren’t even aware that they are imprisoned!

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  16. athling2001 says:

    Looks like the meditation isn’t working too well. Great take.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Athling!

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  17. Bill says:

    Ice cold.
    I’ve heard that Mary and new guy are having a wonderful time.
    So often in such circumstances, the knife is used for other forms of unpopular surgery.
    Well done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Bill. Maybe I should have titled this Lorena’s Alternative Programming? 😉

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      1. Bill says:

        Maybe. 🙂

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  18. poetisatinta says:

    Great story well written Lisa 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, AJ 🙂

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  19. Badfinger (Max) says:

    A dark turn…I see this one open for interpretation.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy you see it is open like that.

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  20. CGraith says:

    Your writing is always captivating. I’m not totally sure what the setting is but your word choice and phrasing is intense.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Clare, thanks much for the high praise. Much appreciated!

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  21. James says:

    Wow. That turned pretty dark (good but dark).

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, James! Two of the pics we were given to choose from involved fire, so I ran with it. BTW, I’ve exchanged email with your publisher and will try to write a story. Thanks again for the connect!

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      1. James says:

        Glad you made a connection. Good luck.

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  22. plaridel says:

    i wanted to believe that she was just having a bad dream.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, that would be someone’s nightmare wouldn’t it 😦

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  23. Laurie Bell says:

    Wow. Love this. Sounds like she is happier now, even locked up. Great subtlety here. She’s got her vengeance. Though it sounds like she can’t let go.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks a lot, Laurie!

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  24. Loved this! I was on edge… Good take on the prompt, msjadeli.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Brit!

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  25. Nobbinmaug says:

    I’ve never seen hygiene used as a verb.

    There are worse ways to leave a cult. The good old stabby stabby sure beats the Kool-Aid option.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Nobbin 🙂

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  26. As Rochelle said, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Alicia!

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  27. Dale says:

    She, or he, has zero intentions of ever feeling remorse. I love what you created here.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, I hope you are wrong, but you may be right. Thanks very much ❤

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      1. Dale says:

        I hope I am wrong, too. Then again, if she is there long enough, mayhaps… (I’ll pretend I didn’t read part 2)…

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