FFfAW: Unceasing Strife


Unceasing Strife

“Is that food ready yet, woman?”

Julian sighed – here we go again.

“It’ll be ready when its done. If you got off your lazy backside and helped out, maybe it’d be ready sooner!”

Every day it was the same: Henry would snarl and Edna’ strident voice would rise in response. He’d found them amusing at first – the pair knew exactly how to rile one another – but soon their constant arguing had worn him down.

Julian wasn’t surprised she’d slipped poison into her husband’s food – he treated her like dirt, after all. He also wasn’t surprised that the mean old man had strangled her – her nagging was enough to drive anyone to murder. Unfortunately, their actions had simply bound them together, reliving their miserable life, for all eternity.

And nothing he’d tried would get rid of them!

He’d once thought that living in a haunted house would be such fun. Julian winced, rubbing his temples as Edna’s voice reached a piercing pitch. He’d been such a fool.

Hopefully he’d find someone else equally idiotic soon…

Word Count: 174


This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Maria from the blog, Doodles and Scribbles. Thank you Maria!


26 Comments on “FFfAW: Unceasing Strife

    • Thank you. It’s not a happy situation for anyone concerned! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂


  1. Excellent flash fiction Louise, I didn’t see the twist coming till the end!! 🙂 There are plenty of real couples like that, I hope that none of them ever do end up haunting their houses!!

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    • Thank you! I always like to add a good twist if I can. Living in a house that’s haunted by such a couple wouldn’t be an enjoyable experience! I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Andy. 🙂

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  2. Enjoyable story..it would be difficult to live in a house with that happening..he probably needs to consider moving.

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    • He’s just waiting to find someone else foolish enough to want to buy a haunted house! Thanks for reading, Jessie. 🙂

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  3. I would probably go crazy too listening to that day after day! Hopefully, Julian can move to a “not-so-haunted house.” LOL! Great story Louise! I enjoyed reading this.

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    • Thanks, PJ. It’s definitely not a restful situation! Hopefully Julian can find someone willing to buy the house off him soon. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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  4. This is always the problem when you buy a house for the novelty value – it soon wears off and you’re stuck with the house and the ex-novelty.
    Fun story (well, not for Julian!) 🙂

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  5. I love the twist! At least Julian doesn’t have to hear Edna’s voice for all eternity. 😉


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    • Thank you for thinking about me, Mandi, but I won’t be participating. I find award posts take too much time. Thanks again. 🙂

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      • No worries I agree. Every now and then I get to them.


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