Every Friday authors worldwide gather around the virtual fireside of fellow WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, prompted by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. This week’s photo has been provided by Janet Webb. Thanks, Janet, for this symbol-rich image!
Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day fellow FFers.
Here’s the story Janet’s photo has inspired. Unfortunately, this week I couldn’t get it down to 100 words and really, it would have been better even longer than it is.
Dice was snickering at whatever he was skim-reading.
“Mornin’, Sgt. Hey – that photo somebody’s posting-in every day? Listen to this from the profiler,” he sneered.
“‘The strawberry represents love, also blood. Also symbolising The Virgin, it’s the holy blood of Christ. Strawberry flowers – white – … purity; …leaves – trifoliate – …Trinity. …glass of wine therefore represents The Eucharist, in which wine is tran…sub…st… ”
“Yeh, that,… ‘into blood. This reasoning … reinforced by the name of the drink – Sangria – …deriving from blood. ‘The strawberry in the glass is dissected. …woman’s hair is a type of red known as strawberry blonde. She’s wearing strawberry lipstick/dress. She’s a ‘painted’, ‘scarlet’ woman. Repeats of the photo arriving suggest …sender is forewarning his murder of a redheaded prostitute, whom, after drinking her blood, he will dissect. I suggest initiating interviews with the city’s priests, …’ Profilers? Loonies! ”
The phone rang. I picked up.
“Sir, …a disembodied head – red.”