Monday’s Finish the Story: Blameless

Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.



A body suddenly crashed through a plate glass window at the brigadier’s house.

Johnny sprawled amidst shattered glass as Brigadier William Coles stormed after him, his furious gaze locked on his brother.

Connie had to act – she couldn’t let the younger man take the blame. She stood in her husband’s path.

“Move.” He barely looked at her.

“It wasn’t him,” she confessed and waited for his eyes to shift. “I took the money. He was just helping me out.”

His expression shifted from fury, through confusion and disbelief, landing finally in dark anger and a disgust that burned. She’d always dreaded such a look being directed at her. It was inevitable her past would someday come back to haunt her.

“Am I supposed to say ‘thank you’ for that?”

Johnny brushed glass from his clothes as he rose. “That would be nice,” he said, “and ow!

“What the Hell’s going on, Connie?”

She had to tell him. “They’ve got my sister, William.”

Word Count: 150


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33 thoughts on “Monday’s Finish the Story: Blameless

    1. Thank you! This story does have quite a few unanswered questions, doesn’t it. 😀 It might be continued at some point, if we have a prompt that fits the story.

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    1. There will be a continuation when I can fit it to the prompt – hopefully next week, but we’ll have to wait and see what Barbara provides us with. 🙂 Thank you for visiting!


  1. Excellent! What happens next? Can you give me a hint? 🙂 Well done! I thank you for participating in the MFtS challenge, and I hope to see you return next week! Be well… ^..^


    1. I like to leave lot’s of questions when possible. 🙂 They may well be answered in another flash fic if we’re given a prompt that suits the story. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  2. Nice ending! I wonder why she didn’t tell the brigadier? Probably worried he’ll storm in making threats and jeopardise her sister’s safety.

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    1. That sounds about right. The brigadier likes to face threats head on. Johnny, on the other hand, is much better at underhand tactics and that was the type of help she needed. Thanks for visiting. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I’m hoping to continue this through other Monday prompts when they fit the story. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂


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