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.
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!
“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
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!
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.
- Sadje’s whatdoyousee – the sunset
- Colleen’s syllabic challenge – inspired the tanka in bold.
- Reena’s exploration challenge – ‘You came back, but we are meeting for the first time‘ a pivot for the deception.
- Writephoto – folly(the location of the final showdown)
- Eugi’s weekly prompt – Bouquet. (Fit right into the theme of dark tulips)
Will definitely love to hear your thoughts on this two part series.
Stay safe everyone, stay loving.