He Said

Posted: September 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

By the sixth month of the remodel, Frankie couldn’t bear Nancy’s screechy voice.
“You said it’d take three weeks!”
“You said pink tiles! Then frickin’ put in blue! And them stairs is too damn steep!”
“You said…” “You said…” “You said…”
When’d you turn into such a punk? Frankie thought as he said, “Yeah, Hon, I’ll fix you right up.”
Frankie went to Billenger’s Hardware, bought pink tile, five feet of rope and a sheet of canvas.
“Nance?” he said to the neighbors. “Uh, she went on a little trip.”
Nancy was right. Replacing the blue tiles with pink was a good idea.


  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Love it. A classic nasty little dark tale. Good work.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I think it was very sweet that he changed the tiling before doing her in

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  3. Another nagging wife brutally murdered. Oh my, when will they learn. 🙂


  4. Okay!
    I don’t want pink tiles and I am not saying you said anything.

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  5. draliman says:

    Another DIY “accident” 🙂 Nice one!

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  6. Dear Alicia,

    I hope he sealed that pink floor well or the stench will give him away. 😉 .



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  7. Tell Nancy to say hi to Annette in the “a little stiff” corner of the world where people go when they have outlived their usefulness to significant others.


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  8. gahlearner says:

    What a lovely husband. I like the tale, great take on the prompt.

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  9. Dahlia says:

    Enjoyed the story very much 🙂

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  10. writelindy says:

    Nags never win. Enjoyed your story.


  11. wmqcolby says:

    Oh wow! Someone’s got ISSUES … 😀

    Macabre and well-told, Alicia!

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  12. Alice Audrey says:

    But Edgar Allen Poe will tell you that putting a body under the floorboards has a way of driving you nuts. 🙂

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  13. Those remodels can really kill a marriage!

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  14. Nag, nag, nag … It was bound to happen. You could just push Frankie so far. Pink seems to suit her. 👍
    Well executed story 😍
    Isadora 😎

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  15. Yes, peace and quiet at last, but who wants pink tiles? Nice little switch there, Alicia, very Hitchcockian.

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  16. Sandra says:

    Pink tiles is a small price to pay for peace in your head. Nice one.

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  17. Margaret says:

    He could only take so much. Everyone has their breaking point. Great story and the macabre twist at the end works really well.

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  18. rgayer55 says:

    I hate those home improvement projects that WE can do (meaning, her as Supervisor and me as grunt labor). So far, we haven’t killed each other, but there’s still time . . . .

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    • Oh, yes. This picture harkened me back to Donn’s and my first house when he said, “We can remodel the bathroom in three weeks.” The aforementioned bathroom was no bigger than a postage stamp, and it took six months to remodel. No one died; we are still married.

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  19. Ouch but i guess there comes a point when retiling is your only option (at least if you don’t have an old forgotten well, or some wild hogs to help you.

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  20. When will men understand that if they just did what they said they would do, when they said they would, we wouldn’t have to keep reminding them?!

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  21. Oh my I jag no idea a remodel could lead to murder (or thoughts of it)


  22. Good writing, Alicia. Bodies seem to be buried everywhere these days. We never know what’s under our feet. 🙂 — Suzanne

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