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

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Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are working with a team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Always amazed how you can weave some much of a story into so few lines…leading our imagination to fill-in the details of the mystery…well done my friend.


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  2. 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


  3. 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 🙂


  4. 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.


  5. 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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