Italian inspiration

As much as Madame Christie enjoyed Venice she was anxious to get going. Ā “Whatever is the holdup, Christo?” she snapped at the receptionist.

“I am sorry Signora Christie, but we cannot check you out.”

“Excuse me?!”

“Orders from Investigatore Alfonsi.” Christo pointed at a gentleman in uniform, who spoke above the hum of agitated guests gathering in the lobby.

“Listen closely everybody! Last night a couple was murdered in their beds. Nobody is allowed to leave without being interviewed.”

He twirled the ends of his moustache. Madame Christie knew she had the perfect character for her next series of novels.

100 words


Unfortunately I have not been able to write for some time due to many upsets in seemingly every area of life. I’m keen to think of this phase as transformation and not the mess that it is. To create, one must first destroy. Applies to many things beyond cooking and other creative pursuits.

SO when I sat down to write this week’s flash fiction, I was pleasantly surprised to see my photo as the prompt. I suspect it was our group leader, Rochelle’s way of sending a smoke signal my way to get back to writing!

Can’t wait to read everyone’s flash fiction.

This was written for Friday Fictioneers, a weekly challenge to write a story in 100 words or less. Hosted by leading author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Click the blue frog icon to read more flash fiction.


27 thoughts on “Italian inspiration

    1. I pictured this happening before her success as mystery writer. The locked-room mystery she found herself in giving her the inspiration for her Poirot novels. This is more fiction than truth, mind you! I have no idea where her inspiration came from.

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  1. It would be nice to think that she did have such inspiration for her novels. Thinking of inspiration, it looks like you gain inspiration from our leader’s historical fiction using famous people before they were famous. Well done.

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  2. What a fun read. Inspiration is where you find it. I’ve written several short stories based upon people and events that I observed from a distance. Good characters are out there. When we find one we can use as a writer I consider it a blessing.

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