Dark Tulips Part2(Finale) poetic #flashfiction

Read the first part here- PART 1


Roses for romance!
Evelyn hated roses, but Mills loved them, prickly thorns and all.
Daisies for the house!
These were okay, not her preference; but Mills always got her way.
And then there were the tulips; once Evelyn’s favorites. Dark tulips that now sent shivers down her spine.

The first dark tulip came to her office, a name attached, just one name – Josie!

“Eve, I don’t know what you were thinking, but don’t call me again okay!” Josie texted.

Two days later, Evelyn received another dark tulip- Jacob, the name attached, her best friend!
And then another, and another;
Workmate! neighbor, grocer…
One by one the closest people in her world were driven away;
And too late, Evelyn realised,
That Officer Annie Mills was dangerous!
All the romance
All the gifts
The nights of pleasure
Soft kisses and blissful caresses
All of it turned sour! But Evelyn was trapped, ensnared in Mills’ psychotic web.

#whatdoyousee

old sunsets are gone
the terror of night remains
hope of rest, no more
back her into a corner
then teeth and fangs she will bear

The latest dark tulip was the final straw,
One name; Mary – her mother!

#writephoto

“Hello Annie, I found a folly by the west ridge, off kumba drive. It has the most beautiful roses, rare sky-blues. I would really love to enjoy them with you. Meet me there tonight at eight.”
Evelyn sent the voicenote to Mills.
Her voice sweetened by the clarity that desperation sometimes gives.

Traps she set
Weapons she hid
And a smile she hitched
At sunset, Evelyn was ready,
This time she was in control
This night would be her domain!

Eight sharp, officer Mills’ patrol-car pulled up. Evelyn could now see her clearly;
The insecurity in her pretty dimpled smile,
The danger in her bright wild eyes
But mostly, the greed; the need; the coldness that had once been masked by charm and beauty.

Evelyn bestowed her softest, most needy hug, as greeting,
Kissed Mills with a passion seduced from dreams
“You came! Tonight I surrender completely,” Evelyn simpered the lie, “Tonight, we are meeting for the very first time, my love,” she crooned, her tongue caressing each syllable.

The plan was simple
Restrain her,
Scare her,
Leave her!
But in her heart Evelyn knew;
That death was the only thing that could part them now!
The dark tulip with her mother’s name lodged firmly in her mind,
A final flower in this wicked bouquet!

© judeitakali.


Hope you enjoy this final part of dark tulips. I looked at my regular prompts and thought they could definitely fit into my story. I was so glad to find that they not only fit but also embellished it.

Will definitely love to hear your thoughts on this two part series.

Stay safe everyone, stay loving.

70 responses to “Dark Tulips Part2(Finale) poetic #flashfiction”

  1. Truly dark! But you handle this genre well.

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    1. Thank you Reena. I rush it a bit here, but when I release my novel next year, I hope I’ll do the scary bits proper justice.

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  2. Jude this take is developing so well. Great use of all the prompts my friend. Thanks for including my prompt.

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    1. Always a pleasure with your prompt. Thank you so much Sadje. Alas, this is where it ends. 🙏🏾

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      1. Oh, I thought there would be a conclusion, part 3! Anyway it’s a great story.

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        1. Thank you Sadje. In a longer format, I would have enjoyed showing rather than telling but so occupied with my ongoing wip.

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          1. You’re welcome!

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  3. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Dark Tulips ….by Jude Itakali

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  4. Excellent, Jude. I love the tension you set up with your prose followed by bits of poetry. Lots of chills in this one! ❤

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    1. Thanks a biggie Colleen, it’s a dark writings September for me. Though I know October is most designated for it. I might go, dark romance in October, or full on nature😇

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      1. Wonderful… I like the darkness in poetry and fiction. Let your creativity propel you forward! ❤

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        1. I will try. 💜💜

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  5. No words Jude. Lovely 🌹

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    1. Thank you so much Jane. I’m glad to see you here for part2

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      1. Most welcome ☺️

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  6. Though I am yet to read the part 1 this is awesomely amazing as always dear Jude ❤

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    1. Thank you Reddy. I’m glad you like it 😊💜

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  7. I love the suspense and how you draw in the reader a little at a time! A very artfully crafted piece, Jude!

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    1. Thanks alot Eugi. If it were longer, I’d have really enjoyed showing instead of telling.
      The effect hits different, as they say.

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      1. My pleasure, Jude.

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  8. I hope she finds some light after so much darkness. (K)

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    1. We rarely do get to find out what happens after. Such dark experiences often leave a stain. She might come out stronger, maybe meet the perfect partner for her or find happiness in being alone, without being lonely. But tulips have been ruined for her.

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      1. Yes, that is true.

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  9. Bravo, Jude! That was a fun read! I look forward to more.

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    1. Thank you so much Melanie. I hope I’ll write another short one round November.

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  10. Really loved your take on this its amazing, exactly the kind I’d love to read over and over again. Got chills down my spine. Excellent 👌👏

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    1. Thank you so much Daphny. Was trying something new.

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      1. Keep goin, keep writing this is too good 👌👍

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  11. What a wickedly dark tale of twisted romance, Jude! I enjoyed this 👌

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. It means alot.

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  12. This exquisitly dark story would make a fantastic book!

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    1. I kept thinking about it as I wrote. But I’ll leave it here. Hope someone can pick it up.

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  13. Nicely done, Jude! I’m optimistic that Evelyn will be able to come out fine and she’ll be able to get out if Annie’s grasp.

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    1. You know if there was a part 3 it would start with mills’ point of view. Her thinking that Evelyn who didn’t like roses, was calling her to an abandoned folly at 8pm to enjoy roses. And then maybe she’d notice that Evelyn was laying it on a little thick. But she’s psychotic so she’d still think she’d finally broken her down. I don’t know if I’d make it a completely happy ending. But still, Evelyn might tap into her unknown psycho side and begin turning the tables..

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      1. Ahhh that would be nice, Jude. I’m sure Evelyn won’t go down without a fight. She’ll at least try. Mills, being the psycho that she is, would of course be guarded. It’s going to be good to see what happens.

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        1. That’s for you to fill in. This is the final part for me.

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          1. Love it that we get to fill in what happens in the end

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  14. No doubt great 😁
    You should try something like this more often which brings curiosity in readers 😅🙂😃

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    1. Thank you so much Aparna. If you liked this, then you’ll love my upcoming novel. Completely different theme but I hope it’ll be a worldie. Your curiosity itch will definitely be sated😁
      I hope 😅

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      1. My pleasure Sir
        Then I will be waiting for your next novel 🤩

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  15. A very interesting and well written piece, Jude.

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    1. Thank you so much Roberta💜

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  16. You managed to build up the suspense really well. Great job with all those prompts, Jude

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    1. Thank you so much Shweta, means alot from you.

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  17. Wow!! This is amazing Jude! 😄😄😄

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    1. Thank you so much Sirishty. Glad you liked it. 💜🌹

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  18. A richly crafted piece and a joy to read (with a slight shiver). Superb, Jude!

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    1. Thank you so much Chris. It means alot to me that you enjoyed this.

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  19. Beautifully done. Love the tulips

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    1. Thank you so much Amani🙏🏾💜

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  20. Fab post, Jude. I love the tension you set up, very dark, and the flower theme running throughout was really clever. Thank you so much for including the #writephoto prompt. The little folly was a great addition for the final showdown.
    https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2021/09/16/writephoto-folly/
    KL ❤

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    1. Ah thank you so much Caley. I’m so glad you enjoyed this, and yes, the folly was so perfect for that showdown. 🙏🏾😃💜

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  22. I liked the developments! Scary and cruel – both of them. Maybe they deserved each other.

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    1. Oh, that’s an interesting take. I do sympathize alot with Evelyn though. 🙏🏾

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  23. It is a wonder when the prompts work well!
    Scary story just right for this month!

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    1. Thank you so much Jules.

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  24. Very good conclusion. I could happily read another 4 chapters. Beautifully engrossing!

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    1. Ahh, that makes my day, that does. 🙏🏾

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      1. You’re welcome. Is there more to come eventually, or is it completely concluded?

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        1. There is one titled ‘door of whispers’
          Yo may lie it. It has a prequel link in it.

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          1. I read part one and two. Was wondering if part three and four were in the works or if this has been concluded

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            1. This has been concluded. If I do follow ups, it’s just 1.

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              1. Makes sense Thank you for clarifying

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