copyright Carole Erdman-Grant


Phere. It was the intersection of fashion and horror. Fifth Avenue meets Fear Factor.

I gingerly put on my lacquered wasp earrings. The millipede bracelet came next. Then my masterpiece, a necklace made of a live de-legged scorpion I put on with bomb-disposal meticulousness.

I had more than the normal blind-date nervousness. What if I freaked him out? I was too intense for some people.

The doorbell rang.

I opened the door to see a man wearing a headdress of blue-ringed octopuses and riding a tiger.

Two thoughts collided in my mind:

He’s perfect!

Am I going to die tonight?

15 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Perfect. Just perfect


    1. Thanks, Neil. I appreciate your comment. Made my day.


  2. Margaret says:

    Yep. That’s what I’d be thinking, too. And that building in the prompt is the perfect venue for their date. They’re one scary couple.

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    1. Maybe the building is an underground diner that caters to that type and serves “interesting” foods. There’s a story for another week. πŸ™‚

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  3. James McEwan says:

    Wow, a cult of the weird and wonderful living in unison with the insect sphere of their lives. The man on the tiger is there to impress. Great stuff.

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    1. Thanks, James. Glad you liked it.

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  4. Dear David,

    It sounds like the perfect match. My guess is if she dies, it will e with a satisfied smile on her face.

    It’s funny It took two other stories for me to see phere there. πŸ˜‰

    Well done and bizarre…or bizarrely well done.



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    1. Rochelle, well done and bizarre are two things I strive for, haha. It’s a great photo prompt that has something in there for everyone. I love reading a story and seeing they took it from something I never even noticed in the picture.
      Have a good weekend,


  5. A match made in – well, perhaps not heaven but somewhere! A pherefect take David!

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    1. “It was a match made in a zoology lab.” πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading, Keith. I’m glad you liked it.

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  6. Is this a FF? I so love it David, and you had me with her jewelry. Didn’t see that end coming. Yes, like Keith said, a peherefect take. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, it was a FF story. I’ve been posting them a bit late lately because of work. Call it commentary on the fashion industry but you’d know more about that than I would. πŸ˜‰

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      1. I loved it. The clipped brevity, the chuckles in-between. You are a master at flash fiction David and I’m certain, Rochelle and her tribe miss you, so it’s good that you’ve reunited. πŸ™‚

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  7. msjadeli says:

    Now that’s entertainment — and love at first sight! I hope the feeling is mutual. Phun story, David.


    1. Haha, thanks! I feel that with fashion nothing is too speculative, although maybe the tiger would be problematic.

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