It’s time once again for Friday Fictioneers which is brought to you each week by Rochelle at Addicted to Purple.
Thank you, Rochelle!
~My entry for September 12, 2014 ~
Copyright – Janet Webb
A Family Tradition
The mirror had been in the family for decades. The family claimed that if a couple looked into the mirror on the night before their wedding they would see their last day together. No one had ever been disappointed.
Claire didn’t believe in such things, but not wanting to upset her new family’s tradition, she took Ray’s hand and they walked to the mirror together. Neither said a word. They left and the wedding was cancelled.
What they saw:
Claire saw Ray walk up behind her and lop off her head with a machete.
Ray saw himself killing a Zombie.
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53 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: a family tradition”
I don’t know if it was appropriate or not but that made me laugh.
It made my husband laugh too. Dawn! 😉
Oh yeah, GREAT story!!
But it really is such an innocuous looking mirror, though, isn’t it?
Yes it is, Deb, but it never had bad news to reveal til now… and its predictions have always been accurate.
Glad you enjoyed my little tale.
That mirror would certainly be one way of keeping the divorce rate down! 😀
Yes it would, ZS!
LOL! You appear to be channeling fellow FF’er Draliman for this one! Love the horrific twist!
This is my first ever Zombie story. Thank you, Bill!
that was really funny! thanks for the much-needed laugh.. just arrived in guayaquil after a day of work and travel..
tomorrow night i will leave gye for houston then new orleans then the ms delta then north mississippi (new albany)
so how far are you from there? due east?
Lisa, it is 176 miles. Google maps says it is a 3 hour drive. They lie! For me it will be a 4 hour drive. 😉 You tell me when and where and I will be there (even if it were an all day drive). Email me with the details.
Glad you liked the story!
Wow! That’s great! Scary, too! Super-duper story, Lynda!
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kent!
Hell’s bells, that was a shocker! Well done!
Wow! Thank you, Sandra!
That was unexpected! Great story. 😀
Glad you enjoyed it, Lora!
Oh my gosh! She escaped and hopefully he got help!! Clever as always!
In the coming Zombie apocalypse there is only one cure and Ray knows what must be done.
Glad you liked it, Laurie!
I think cancelling the wedding was definitely the way to go here 🙂
Yes, under the circumstances it was best for them. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
More proof the zompocalypse is real. That’s a handy mirror to have. Neat story.
This is my first Zombie attempt, glad you enjoyed it, Sorchia!
Oh, yes, I’m laughing, too.
I was surprised when my husband read it and laughed, but apparently it was funnier than I realized. I thought it was kind of a jolt at the end. Humor is in the brain of the reader.
Tom, I take it that his one is not your cuppa? 😉
You have guessed right. It shocked me. It was good though.
I just can’t laugh at this one — not after the beheadings of the journalists, and the beheadings taking place in the Rio Grande Valley at the hands of the drug cartels. But the way you developed the story is fine. Personally, I never would look into a mirror like that. That alone would be reason enough to walk out and not marry the dude!
I never intended for anyone to laugh, and yet it has caused several to do so. It is generally known that the only way to kill the mythic Zombie is to behead it. As I told another commenter, “humor is in the mind of the reader.”
I knew about the journalists, but not about the Rio Grande Valley. These are heinous and depraved acts..
I’m sorry to have saddened you today, Linda.
I agree with you about that mirror!
Well — maybe if I knew something about zombies, my view would have been different! But here’s my confession — I’ve never read a thing about zombies, or vampires, or any of that. It’s just not my thing. I guess I probably saw Frankenstein as a kid at the movies, but the only real “horror” movie I remember is “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”!
Something else occurs to me. When I lived in Liberia, the machete was the weapon of choice. 😉
I wrote to you twice last night and managed to obliterate my comments with the flick of a finger, and not on purpose. Deciding I was tired I went to bed and promised myself to tackle this again today. 🙂
I have never read any of these stories either. I had a general idea of how the mirror would be used, but the story kinda wrote itself. (Subliminal influences are in play here; I’m certain of it.)
As for the use of a machete, well, my only experience with machetes has been in the movies when people in the jungle were hacking through vines, and seeing friends in Costa Rica cut down bananas with them. So, when faced with plot development and needing a weapon to dispatch a Zombie, well, this was the only tool I could think of that would get the job done.
LOL I didn’t quite grasp their “last day together.”
Patti, They never married. Four years later, when the Zombie apocalypse is in full swing, Ray will find himself having to kill Zombified Claire. Hence. that will be their last day together, and although they say “long distance is the next best thing to being there”, you simply can’t kill a zombie unless you are in the same place at the same moment.
The mirror is quite accurate, but there is no guarantee on what the future holds!
Annie, thank you! BTW, I found you in my spam filter again. Grrr… silly WordPress!
Lynda, I just now got a chance to read your zombie story! It’s creepy and sad and ominous. I seriously think you could expand this to novel length. You’ve got the whole setup right there!
Putting me in the autumnal spirit… anticipating All Hallows’ Eve…
Oh my gosh, I just had a thought… what if they got married ANYway?!
Pam, there are many theories on time. Some feel that it is preordained; a straight line. Others feel that it can be altered by choice or circumstance.
So, what if they did get married anyway? It might turn out that not being scared of the mirror’s vision, and sticking together, could have been the better outcome. You just can’t tell when it comes to free will.
Could’a, should’a, would’a…?
Glad you liked this one, Pam!
I wouldn’t walk away. I’d run as fast as I could to tell everyone the wedding was off.
Alicia, in hindsight, I would run too! I guess my characters were in shock.
Now there’s a different perspective. Yeah…I laughed, too. 😀
It is said that, “Humor is in the brain of the reader.”
That is a bit of little known Zombie wisdom, and they should know!
Dear Lynda, Very good story and creepy! Well done!
Thank you, Nan. There is this little lobe in my brain where the creep factor hides…
When it comes out it even scares me!
Oops.. Zombie or not.. I think I would check for histories of mental illness…
Yes, I think you are right, Björn! 😀
Lynda, That was scary. And that’s why I don’t watch “The Walking Dead.” They know it’s not real, and I know it’s not real, but… Well written. 🙂 —Susan
Thank you, Susan! I have to agree with you. I don’t watch those movies either.
Oh nooooo!!!! It started out as such a sweet custom, too 😦 This mirror photo really brought out the spookies…good ones, though.
It did, didn’t Ellespeth? I have had fun reading them this past week! 🙂
I love 100 word fiction. You pulled off a surprising twist and had all the elements that made it believable. I’m tickled by this piece.
Thank you, Freddie! I always imagined I’d have my novel done by now, but I have been sidetracked by 100 word stories for awhile. Lately, my leading lady had been tugging at me to get back to her story and I think I may have to give in. Can I do both, I’m not certain. Yet… wouldn’t you think any writer worth her salt should be able to multitask?
BTW, Should I continue to call you Freddie, or would prefer another name? 😉