From Venice With Love

June 20, 2018 at 8:46 pm 39 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 June 2018

Fatima Fakier Deria

Photo Credit: Fatima Fakier Deria
Matilda had a watch that she wore like an amulet. A control freak, it made her feel invincible. With it, she ruled the roost.

“I just look at my watch and I know what he’s up to,” she said referring to her husband.

Still it came as a big shock when Phil attempted to commit suicide while they were on vacation in Venice.

“What made you stick with me after all these years?” she asked as he recovered at the hospital.

“Love and commitment.”

“Oh Phil!”

Matilda tossed the damn watch. Now she had an iPhone to track him down.


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  • 1. draliman  |  June 20, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    She seems a bit controlling, though maybe he needs it. The iPhone will certainly work better than the watch in any case!

    • 2. plaridel  |  June 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm


      i overheard a guy at the bank the other day telling the manager that he wanted to open an account without his wife knowing about it. she said it was futile because he couldn’t really hide anything from his wife. women have to power to know everything. πŸ™‚

  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  June 21, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I’m not sure if the iPhone will help his mental state, knowing she is tracking his every move!

    • 4. plaridel  |  June 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm


      the best he can do is to distract her. he can teach her how to play candy crush. πŸ™‚

      • 5. Iain Kelly  |  June 22, 2018 at 2:04 am


      • 6. pennygadd51  |  June 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        Oh, Plaridel, that’s very sneaky!

        • 7. plaridel  |  June 23, 2018 at 8:32 am


          i’d never play that game, but folks say it’s very addicting. πŸ™‚

  • 8. anuragbakhshi  |  June 21, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Ha ha ha, it’s important to move with the times πŸ™‚

    • 9. plaridel  |  June 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm


      it’s so true. πŸ™‚

  • 10. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 21, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Phil should creep out the back door of the hospital when she’s not looking and disappear in the hope the iPhone is no more reliable than the watch!

    Click to read my FriFic tale

    • 11. plaridel  |  June 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm


      that’s an idea. πŸ™‚

  • 12. Dale  |  June 21, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I dunno that I would want my every move tracked…

    • 13. plaridel  |  June 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm


      me, too. πŸ™‚

  • 14. lisarey1990  |  June 21, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    He needs to get away and fast!

    • 15. plaridel  |  June 22, 2018 at 10:09 am


      i’m afraid he can run but not hide. πŸ™‚

  • 16. Norma  |  June 21, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Poor Phil! Now his every step will be counted.
    He could have played dead for sometime. πŸ˜‰

    • 17. plaridel  |  June 22, 2018 at 10:09 am


      i don’t know if it will work, but it’s worth at try. πŸ™‚

  • 18. rochellewisoff  |  June 22, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I wonder if she had a tracking device implanted while he was in the hospital. πŸ˜‰ Good one.



    • 19. plaridel  |  June 22, 2018 at 10:08 am


      i suppose not this time, but she’s thinking about it. πŸ™‚

  • 20. Liz Young  |  June 22, 2018 at 9:28 am

    So she’s bought him an Iphone with tracking installed. What will she do when he drop that in the canal?

    • 21. plaridel  |  June 22, 2018 at 10:08 am


      i guess all hell will break loose. πŸ™‚

  • 22. Sarah Ann  |  June 22, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Oh dear. Phil needs some help to get out of this relationship in a more healthy way. Perhaps the psychiatrist will recommend therapy for Matilda?

    • 23. plaridel  |  June 23, 2018 at 8:32 am


      they both need therapy.

  • 24. pennygadd51  |  June 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    You’ve written an interesting exploration of one of the many strange ways that love manifests itself. Phil and Matilda obviously feel they love each other – but how many outsiders would agree with them I wonder? Clever little story, Plaridel

    • 25. plaridel  |  June 23, 2018 at 8:31 am


      sad to say, it happens in real life.

  • 26. Sandra  |  June 23, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Such a strange relationship. She’s lucky to have him.

    • 27. plaridel  |  June 23, 2018 at 8:31 am


      he’s one in a million. πŸ™‚

  • 28. Russell Gayer  |  June 23, 2018 at 10:32 am

    It never hurts to have a tracker beacon. Poor guy.

    • 29. plaridel  |  June 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      he probably thinks it’s worth it for what he gets in return. πŸ™‚

  • 30. Alicia Jamtaas  |  June 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Wowzers! She is a control freak. I agree with Penny. They have a strange but seemingly workable relationship.

    • 31. plaridel  |  June 24, 2018 at 8:05 pm


      i guess whatever works. πŸ™‚

  • 32. michaelwynnauthor  |  June 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

    She’s certainly got her claws into him and it sounds like he hasn’t the strength to do what’s best for him

    • 33. plaridel  |  June 24, 2018 at 8:05 pm


      you said it best. πŸ™‚

  • 34. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  June 25, 2018 at 8:31 am

    A bit insecure about her husband, isn’t she?
    Oh my, suicide. Was it her overpowering of him?
    Many, many questions left for you to continue
    with this one. Nicely done ….
    Isadora 😎

    • 35. plaridel  |  June 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm


      it could be something he did before that triggered the paranoia. πŸ™‚

  • 36. granonine  |  June 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Oy. I wouldn’t like feeling I have to follow my husband’s every move. That is not only controlling him, but it also controls all her waking moments. Not good.

    • 37. plaridel  |  June 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm


      i’m afraid, sooner or later, something gotta gives. πŸ™‚

  • 38. Fatima Fakier  |  June 26, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Controlling wives are just as bad and harmful as controlling husbands. I hope he wakes up and leaves her, though it will be hard for him to do so.

    • 39. plaridel  |  June 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm


      i totally agree. it goes both ways.


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