Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–November 27th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not counting the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Crime Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


Jack stood at the window and gazed out at the city almost hidden by the dusk. Any moment now the police would arrive to arrest him.

He was guilty and knew it even if the dead man was the one who did the damage. He wrecked Jack’s marriage.

Margaret wasn’t to blame. She was lonely because he was gone so much. He thought his job was keeping them together not building  a wall between them.

When he’d walked in and found them together in bed he went wild. He’d grabbed the Glock from the dresser drawer, clicked off the safety, and started shooting. He was a practiced shot spending hours at the indoor firing range. It should have been a thief he’d shoot one day.

It a way, the dirty stinker was a thief.

Now he was waiting for the police to find him. He had plenty of time to think. He had nothing else–no wife, no job, no future, no hope. He was his own worst enemy.

What do you do to an enemy? He heard a knock at the door and pictured death or life imprisonment.

The maid holding clean towels heard a shot in the room.




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26 thoughts on “FOUND GUILTY

  1. Well told story Suzanne. Double Murder suicide, it happens in life too often. I don’t think Jack realizes everyone is at fault in this. The guy she had an affair with, Margaret herself, and Jack, who if he was a practiced shooter, should also know, when to shoot and when not to. He ruined his own life. Too bad he won’t face the consequences on earth.

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    • Thanks, Mandi. I’m pleased you liked the story. I didn’t see him shooting his wife, just the other man. While accusing the other man, he’s also accusing himself. That’s what the title is referring to. He found himself guilty and an enemy to himself. He no doubt knew he shouldn’t kill but his anger took over. He now has regrets and is suffering depression. He was his own worst enemy. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Iain. I’m pleased you liked the story so much, especially the ending. He was in deep regret and depression so his own worst enemy. It would have probably been judged manslaughter as it wasn’t a planned killing of the other man. He would have gone to jail though and his marriage, reputation, and career would have been finished. —- Suzanne

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  2. Good story Suzanne. I think that will be in the maid’s memory forever. I think I may have had the same reaction if I had found my wife in bed with someone else. Thankfully I was divorced before I found out about her infidelity lol

    No wife, no future, no job, no hope. That says it all. I guess he didn’t want to spend time without them.

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    • Thanks, Al. I’m pleased you liked the story so much. It was a bit of a different genre for me but I liked the change. I’ve been around depression and suffered mild depression. You are your own worst enemy. I’ve known of suicides in our family and it’s extremely tragic. We’re all glad you’re not behind bars. We sometimes surprise ourselves in our reactions. —- Suzanne

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