Irritant

He tried to keep her away from the back end of the property, but she insisted.

“Harold, you said you’d keep it tidy.”

He shrugged.

She ranted.  “Why would anyone dump their broken fridge on our land?  Get rid of that irritant now!”

A voice spoke to Harold from the tiny headpiece in his ear.

“Heard that.  We’ll get rid of the irritant.”

Watching her return to the house, Harold spoke out-loud. “Too bad, she was a good one.”

He bent, pulled on the handle, lifted the door to the fridge upwards, and descended into the lab below the ground.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  The photo this week was provided by our host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

52 Comments Add yours

  1. Dale says:

    Excellent take, Brenda!! Love this!

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    1. Thank you, Dale, so much! It was fun to write. =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    What a great use of the prompt!

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    1. I really appreciate your encouragement, Neil! =)

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  3. Yay! a secret lab, love it!!

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    1. And … it must stay a secret! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. =)

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  4. Sandra says:

    Terrific use of the prompt. Shame about the fate of the irritant though.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! Yeah, she really didn’t deserve her fate. Just wanted to clean up the yard. =)

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  5. ceayr says:

    Well, Brenda, Harold’s a bit of a cad, isn’t he!

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    1. Yeah … but … does it count if he feels bad about it!?

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, great take Brenda. Dread to think what they were cooking up in that lab though!

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    1. I’m very happy you enjoyed the story, Iain. The secret must be kept at all costs! =)

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  7. msjadeli says:

    Wow, I love this and can visualize every bit of it. Such a good story.

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    1. Oh, I’m so happy you enjoyed!! Thanks so much for letting me know. =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome, Brenda.

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    I give this a standing ovation! Did you ever see the movie Red? I could see John Malkovich going down into his hideaway. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Wow, high praise indeed, Rochelle. I’m smiling! And … I’m gettin’ the pig!!

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  9. Intriguing ending.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Anthony! =)

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  10. plaridel says:

    such great twist. i didn’t expect it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! =)

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  11. trentpmcd says:

    Very nice, though I doubt if she would have liked knowing that her entire life came down to being an irritant…

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    1. Sadly so and that’s a very good point, Trent.

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  12. Varad says:

    That escalated quickly! Very innovative take, Brenda.

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    1. True, the 100 word thing! Thanks so much for your kinds words, Varad. =)

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  13. Secret door to an underworld of skullduggery, I like it. Shame he has to get rid of the woman, will it be totally or will he just say goodbye?

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    1. Hmm, that’s the mystery of it! =) I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Michael.

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  14. How on earth you came up with this I can’t imagine – but I’m glad you did! Delightfully different Brenda.

    Here’s mine!

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    1. I … have … no … idea. It just came to me and I asked myself that same question. (haha) Thanks, Keith!!

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  15. James McEwan says:

    Straight from the X-Files and tales from the DarkSide, really good.

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    1. Well, that makes me smile. Thanks so much, James!

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  16. Ann Coleman says:

    Well, I’ll never complain about trash on the ground again……LOL!

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    1. Good idea … haha … I’m glad to make you laugh, Ann! =)

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  17. draliman says:

    Nice one! Now you mention it, it does look less like a fridge and more like a secret lab entrance 🙂

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one to see … but … now that you know … 🙂

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  18. pennygadd51 says:

    Imaginative take on the prompt! Shades of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle!

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    1. Thanks so much, Penny. Appreciate the comparison. 🙂

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  19. Nan Falkner says:

    BRILLIANT! Never saw that coming – ha ha I loved it! Thanks!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for saying so. 🙂

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  20. Well, then. He wasn’t much of a keeper, either, in my mind … 😉

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    1. No, not at all. 🙂 Don’t think it will end well for him, later on.

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      1. Yeah, I’m keeping SOCIAL DISTANCE from him … 😉

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  21. Tannille says:

    Wow. I want to know about this lab. Great stuff !

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    1. Thanks so much, T, that’s nice of you to say! 🙂

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  22. This was a very interesting read. I never would have suspected the way it ended.
    I like the unique feel as I read it even though her nagging seemed extremely realistic.
    GREAT write …
    Isadora 😎

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  23. Nobbinmaug says:

    Good one. I’m sure many a married man has heard that voice in his head and vice versa. I like the literal take.

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    1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. =)

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  24. Mike says:

    If only I had thought of the idea of a door. Great use of the prompt.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mike, for your encouragement and for sharing my story! =)

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