The Red Rose

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

In response to Rochelle Wisoff’s Friday Fictioneers prompt picture! Write a story in 100 words or less using the prompt above and post it to the inLinkz List.

Picture by Dale Rogerson

The magnificent red rose stood in an antique vase on the corner of her old writing desk. The scent from this single, red rose nearly overwhelming, yet oddly calming.

The rose arrived every single Friday the thirteenth without fail, without a card stating who it was from or from where. Inevitably, no matter who stayed in this room, day or night; the rose appeared as if out of thin air.

Butler Joseph stated the red rose never appeared until the new lady of the house had arrived, so it was definitely meant for her.

Lady Annalisa was not convinced, yet.


  1. Bill says:

    Well done, Gypsie.

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    1. Thank you Bill🙏🙂🙂😊

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  2. msjadeli says:

    Gypsie, this is a wonderful preamble to a compelling mystery to solve.

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    1. Thank you … perhaps a collaboration? 😊

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome. 🙂

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  3. Dale says:

    And now we must ponder the whys and if there is anything nefarious about!

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  4. Could be Lady Oneta! 😉


  5. oneta hayes says:

    I’d like to know more, especially about Lady Annalisa. Her name signifies royalty, but I don’t really think she is. Is she?

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  6. Thank you so much Rochelle! 😊


  7. Dear Ami,

    Mysterious little rose that. Nicely done.



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  8. James McEwan says:

    Lovely sense of mystery and perhaps horror, with the use of Friday, 13th.
    “Lady Annalisa was not convinced, yet.”
    Never should she be, if the women are replaced at regular intervals!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment James! Very much appreciate it! 😊

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  9. Thank you so much Brenda! 😊


  10. A great little mystery in the making!

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  11. Thank you so very much! 😊


  12. ~just a thought says:

    Way to really make the prompt into something so creatively distinct: your own prompt for our interest in this story! Enjoyed your use of date significance

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    1. Thank you most kindly! 😊🙏😊


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