Stump – Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Genre: Dark Humor (100 words)


“We can’t call the cops. My fingerprints are all over it,” Ray said. He waved the butchered arm around like it was a sparkler.

“Stop it with that,” Suzanne said.

Ray rationalized a missing body part could only be found in a stolen car. Never mind that they didn’t steal the car.

“We have to bury it.”

Suzanne promised herself she would never make out in a car again.

They planned the details for a 4:00 a.m. burial; the tools, the zealous runners, even their clothing needs. They underestimated the icy ground.


“Whoa. This is going in my zombie movie.”


This photo reminds me a lot of the wetlands area near my neighborhood. Good thing I’ve never come across any body parts.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for her gracious hosting and to Sandra Crook for this week’s photo.

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70 thoughts on “Stump – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Amy, I’ll bet frozen ground has foiled many people trying to bury the evidence. It’s never like that in the movies, is it? They probably get the film crew to pre-dig the hole for them. 🙂 I love the image of him swinging a severed arm around like a sparkler, maybe spelling out his name? You have some great images in your writing.


    1. Right, David. Production spends lots of time preparing in the cold, early morning. I’m sure of it, digging holes and what not. Thank you. I think Ray lost his train of thought playing with the sparkler…um, I mean, arm.

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    1. Dear Rochelle,
      That’s exactly it. I had to choose from a description or dialogue. Hard call. Thanks for you nice, creepy comments. Ha ha. Thanks, “stump” just occurred to me at the end of the writing.


    1. Dear Doug,
      The questions remain alive or, alternatively, someone is wishing they were ambidextrous and might be able to help answers the questions. Ha! I hadn’t even considered that. Thank you.


  2. That’s what you get for making out in someone else’s car. Personally, I’d have wiped the arm clean and put it back where I found it. I did like the sparkler image; that will stay with me for a while. 🙂

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    1. Yes, you take your chances making out in a random vehicle. You think these two would handle a unpredictable situation a little better. Not! I don’t think the idea of wiping something clean has occurred to them. Thanks so much, Sandra. Thanks for the photo, too. It looks really similar to the area around my neighborhood with a bit of early morning frost. 🙂


  3. I haven’t made out in a car in so long that I forgot you could do it.

    That pic reminded me of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. A kid’s book. Do you know it?

    You haven’t come across any body parts yet. Keep going on those walks. You never know.


    1. Me, too. A car is purely utilitarian and I like to spend as little time in it as possible. I know Shel Silverstein. I’ve read his poetry, but not that book. I’ll have to check it out. I’m sure it’s good. I like him a lot.
      Nope, no body parts. Whew! It seems like this would be just the kind of place you’d see one. I’ll never forget that “Blue Velvet” movie where he finds the ear. Seen that one? That would be so creepy! That has stayed with me.


    1. Oh dear, Michelle. I wondered why those Canadian zombie had an air of authenticity. Hmm. You know, that might be convenient to set one in the Arctic. You would save on refrigeration costs.

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    1. Yeah, I’m pretty this discovery was the end of the make out session. 🙂 Ha ha. Thanks. Yeah, I think he forgot it was an arm or maybe he got excited because it was. He’s simply not normal.

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    1. Thank you, Claire. I’m glad you liked it. Yeah, I wish I could add just a wee bit more. I could have described it or go with dialogue like I chose to do. He’s found the arm and wants to use it in his zombie movie.


  4. I get the impression that Ray is just way too desensitized from watching or making too many zombie movies! Between the shows on TV and the movies, the genre is definitely hot right now. Loved what you did again, so creatively with the prompt. Never know what’s going to come out of that head of yours, that’s for sure!


    1. Thank you, Kelly. The Walking Dead is one of my favorites although I like that it is not real. If it really happened, I’m not sure I’d want to live. But we don’t have to think about that! Thanks for your lovely comments.

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  5. Eeeewwww! I especially cringed at “waved the butchered arm around like it was a sparkler.” What an adventure! Yeah, I’m guessing that a couple who came across that sort of surprise while just trying to find someplace private to make out might have some serious issues later. Fun, creepy, colorful stuff, Amy.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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  6. That was both funny and horrible. Terrible luck to find a body part and get your prints all over it.He must have paniced. As all movie goers and TV crime watchers know, you never pick up anything at a crime scene. They’re really complicating things for themselves. Well done, Amy. 🙂 — Suzanne


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