You Poison Filled Wasps, #flashfiction #newcago #crime


Den of Iniquity, Brood of Vipers…

Those automated doom machines are on the loose.

The Chief of Police is in a coma.

The mayor and sheriff are dead.

A statesmen…


… as I crawled home I saw

Marjorie Finklestein in her flowery pink bathrobe.

“Ms Finklestein,” I shook her, no response.

Almost every night, she shuffled across the street to gather up her little dog.

I could hear her slippers …

Public officials are one thing, but little old ladies gathering up the things they love for a night’s rest?

“Lily I can’t take this.” I shook my hands toward the heavens.

pink slipper


This Flash Fiction is in response to the picture prompt of the Wasp Nest. Rochellle Wisoff-Fields is the hostess of the weekly meme Friday Fictioneers. Come check it and the fabulous stories out.

Every week based on the prompt I am writing a (noir) serial about a detective in a place called Newcago who tries to round up the bad guys at night. The stakes were just raised with the introduction of  the automated Doom Cycle; crime just got harder to fight!

Week 5 in Newcago Serial The Doom Cycle

Week 4 in Newcago Serial Helpless

Week 3 in Newcago Serial When the Lights Go On

week 2 in Newcago Serial  Can’t Kill The Thirst

Week 1 in Newcago Serial Secret Weapon

Photograph: you too can have pink slippers

30 thoughts on “You Poison Filled Wasps, #flashfiction #newcago #crime

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  1. There’s nothing worse than an automated Doom Cycle!! I think I had one on my old wash machine. I can’t wait until your narrator has a chance to even the score somewhere and kill some bad guys! If that doesn’t happen soon, I think death by despair is likely.

    You’ve managed to keep plenty of doom in your series; as I’ve said before, I think, the perfect sci-fi story always had doom, gloom and usually, rain. 🙂

    BTW, “ladies” in “little old ladies”…



    1. well the main character would love to leave
      he’d also love to tell some back story but those photo muses have him by the …
      will see next week in NewCago
      yes those ladies are shivering in their pink bathrobes now


  2. It seems that someone doesn’t like city officials. But what has a poor old lady in a pink bathrobe ever done? You’re a scawy story teller 🙂


  3. A bunch of good guys out in one fell swoop. Poisoned by what we wonder just the air of New Chicago or an as yet name villain…I read the I believe I read the Doom Cycle …but now I’ve got to back track.

    Writing serials can be a challenge especially when the prompt pulls you away from where you think you want to go.


  4. when i saw the slippers i was like, oh no, some nice old lady’s gonna get killed 😦 awesome how you manage to masterfully weave episode after episode with these random prompts . well done ^^


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