Their Latest Act – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for a 100-word story with Friday Fictioneers, a writing group hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Thanks, Rochelle for your leadership every week. Thanks to Roger Bultot for providing this week’s photo.

My story follows. 

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

(Horror: 100 words)

Their Latest Act

The taste of metal tainted her tongue. Laine shook the salt shaker into her mouth. No use. The blood was still there and she spat it out, crouched with her hips off the floor.

Her mother had loved the green parrots who flew in from Mexico. They had watched their mating dance once from her patio, their gentle fluttering of feathers high in the sky. It was a performance for her, her mother would say.

No mother, it never was. They have the power of flight and beaks for pecking your eyeballs of your sockets until you’re blind. That’s all.


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61 thoughts on “Their Latest Act – Friday Fictioneers

      1. Thank you for sharing this. Hey, I just started writing short stories very recently. Mastering 100 will not be easy. Although, you made it look that way. I will give it a try. Thanks.


    1. Well, my idea is that she has been blinded (her story is in hindsight) and there’s blood from the plucking. Maybe it’s draining down into her face or there was just a lot of blood. This is pleasant conversation, isn’t it? Thanks, Laurie!

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    1. Oh, I can see how that might be confusing. She’s trying to get the taste of blood out of her mouth, although that’s the least of her problems! Thanks so much, Subroto!


  1. You got me to “creepy” big time. Sensational! I guess Mother didn’t know best, did she? You know, when you mix in mother with eyes plucked out of the kid’s head … very Greek Or geek, who knows?

    So, now I know what Suzanne Pleshette felt like, probably in the early drafts of the script. 😉

    Five out of five salt shakers. 😀

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    1. Excellent, Kent. Thank you! I hadn’t considered the eyes/mother Greek connection when I wrote this. Now I see it. You just never know how it’s all going to wash out or be plucked out. Poor Suzanne. Shakers now. I like it!


    1. Well, I guess so, Sandra! It has something to do with the birds, Sandra. I like watching them from a distance, a far distance. 🙂 The blood and feathers combo is revolting. I see it all the time when the cats bring the birds in. They’re gifts, of course! They’re so very thoughtful.

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  2. what a bloody mess. if anything, i heard that walmart is selling eye patches in a variety of colors to suit everyone’s taste. and for a limited time, if you buy one, you can also get another one for free. 🙂

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    1. Haha. Too bad poor here Laine can’t see the Walmart. That’s a good thing about the buy one get one free for those eye patches, you know, since we have two eyes and everything. What about a tiger print? Do they have that one?


  3. Gulp. That was… different. You creep me out here. Birds and blood don’t bother me much, but the eyeballs. Where are my goggles? Screamingly good horror writing, Amy.

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    1. Haha. You so make me laugh, Gah. Well, if birds and blood don’t freak you out, this is your story. Ah, eyeballs…they come, they go! Thanks for that! 🙂


    1. Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks for taking the time to read comments. This is not one of my best, but I did write and for some reason I wanted to write about these green parrots! Me too about The Birds. That film freaked me out about birds for a long long time! Thank you.


  4. I shall be careful to look the other way the next time I see a green parrot, Amy! Luckily, they don’t tend to flock around these here parts! Nice and gruesome tale, this one!


  5. OMG. That really hit at the end. You are a master at writing horror/scary/intense stuff. I hope that genre is included in your current work in progress somewhere. Absolutely love this, Amy! xoxo

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    1. Oh, you are the sweetest and so thoughtful, Kelly. There will definitely be traces of this. I do enjoy writing the horror/scary stuff and I’m glad you think it’s intense. You’re so kind. Thank you! xoxo

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