Dark Tulips. Poetic #flashfiction

Dearest Evelyn,
You looked beautiful today. I hate yellow but loved it on you. I’ll be sure to get you something better, something blue. Can’t wait to see you again tonight.
~Soulmate~

Evelyn read the attached note as she carried a bouquet of gorgeous tulips from her doorstep to the kitchen table.
The flowers were her favorite shades; purples, yellows and whites. Their fragrance was wrought allover her fondest romantic memories; but it was not reminiscence that their beauty evoked, nor was it passion that their scent effervesced;
It was fear!

Fear of the secret admirer who’d at first, brought smiles to her lonely world,
Who’d made her feel truly wanted for once,
A ray of hope now become this everpresent shadow;
this stalker who besmirched even the sweetest gestures
Who was this weirdo – this ‘soulmate’ that knew her so well?
– this creep who watched and acted from the shadows?

Crumpling her thoughts away, she walked to the fridge and opened it.
There was another note on top of the salad.

Apple in the bunch
Cherry on a cake
If only for a taste
This world I’d give to you.
~Soulmate~

Her fingers trembled as she gripped the corny poetry. Nobody else had her apartment keys.
She was scared now but also, despite herself, oddly pleased;
that she could still evoke such passions in someone,
That someone thought she deserved to be lavished with gifts and treats.

Her phone lit up; a text, unknown number..
‘Don’t you think pink will look good on you tonight? It’s my favorite! ~soulmate~

Now she was truly frightened.
Thankfully she’d reported this stranger to the police, and Officer Annie Mills had taken an interest. She fumbled and dialed the number.
It’s okay, stay calm, lock the door. I’ll be there in no time,” Officer Mills said.
Evelyn sat at the kitchen table thinking;
She’d secretly liked her secret admirer. Even when he got weird, he never seemed to be the type that would hurt her.
But then, why didn’t he just reach out in person? God knows she could use some real romance in her life,
Some slow old-fashioned love in this fast-paced world…

A jingly tune rang from inside her apartment.
She froze! Dread! Shock! He was here!
The ringing was coming from the bedroom corridor.
Slowly it grew louder, drawing near.
Footsteps!
Clack, clack, clack!

Round the corner, someone stepped, Evelyn’s mouth fell open-
It was Officer Annie Mills!
A lacy pink dress held up in one hand
A pointed gun in the other
And mischief in her smile

Hey soulmate, shall we?” the officer asked.

Β© judeitakali


Stay tuned for part2(the final part) this Saturday, to see how those tulips truly turn dark.

PART 2

Hope you enjoy this. Eager to hear what you think about this.

Be safe everyone, stay loving.

68 Comments Add yours

  1. Daphny Aqua says:

    You took me through a whole story of suspense there, love the story but I wish it doesn’t end there 😁 Would really love to read more ☺

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Daphny. Thank you so much, refresh and read the part after the story, I’ve edited it with a hint of what comes next…

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        Ohh! I just saw it 😁 Was too impatient to comment I skip that part πŸ˜… Love the suspense, I’ll be eagerly waiting for part 2 ☺

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Trying to decide if I should write it but I’m thinking I will on Saturday.

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      3. Daphny Aqua says:

        Please do write I’m sure other would love it as well ☺

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      4. judeitakali says:

        Yeah I’ve confirmed and removed the spoiler from the bottom. Replaced it with a stay tuned for the final part 2.

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      5. Daphny Aqua says:

        Thank you ☺ Will be eagerly waiting for it.

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  2. Jane Aguiar says:

    Wow! It’s romantic and suspense story.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jane. I think stay tuned for part2(the final part) this Saturday.

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      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        Most welcome! AwaitingπŸ‘πŸ»

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  3. Sadje says:

    Creepy story! πŸ˜›

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, don’t know if thank you is the right response to thisπŸ˜‡

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      1. Sadje says:

        Of course it is. It was a compliment 😍

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Oh, then Thank you so much SadjeπŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

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      3. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜€

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  4. memadtwo says:

    That was unexpected! (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yap, but it’s much more than meets the eye…

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  5. For a while there, I was thinking that she was in trouble. Although stalking will never be the way to my heart, this story was nice. 😜

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe, yeah I understand. But when the psychotic side of officer Mills begins to show, then things might definitely go dark, but not knowing Evelyn that well either, she may be a little psycho too. Stay tuned. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜

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      1. True. I loved the second part, Jude πŸ˜ƒ

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

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  6. Chris Hall says:

    Well, I wasn’t quite expecting that, Jude. Looking forward to part two of your suspenseful tale!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks Chris, I just enjoyed myself with this one. Be sure of some surprises in the finale. πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒΉπŸ’œ

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      1. Chris Hall says:

        πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ’–

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  7. Oh my, Jude, dark tulips is right.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Glad you appreciate the title, I was lucky with it, at the last moment it came out of nowhere.

      Like

  8. mariamichaela says:

    I had a feeling it was the officer. Can’t wait for part 2 😁.

    Well done, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Damn, I’d hoped I’d hidden it well despite the subtle hint. You got meπŸ˜…

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      1. mariamichaela says:

        Hehehe I think it’s because I love Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot so I got the hints hehe

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Haven’t read that yet but now I’d like to look for it.

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      3. mariamichaela says:

        I’m sure you’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚

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  9. LaDonna Remy says:

    I can’t wait to see what happens next. Intriguing and suspenseful.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much LaDonna. Hope to see you back for the finale. πŸ˜…πŸ˜πŸ’œ

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      1. LaDonna Remy says:

        I’m looking forward. πŸ’—

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  10. SelmaMartin says:

    Soulmate. This is creepy, Jules. But what happens next? It will be good, right? Please.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe I did declare September a dark writings month. Just published the 2nd part so you can check it out at leisure πŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. SelmaMartin says:

        Got it… πŸ’•

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  11. Ohhh, this is brilliant! I love short stories and flash fiction. Adding the poetry is wonderful. You’ve freaked me out! LOL! πŸ˜€

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I thought I’d toned down not going the Lovecraft direction πŸ˜…

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      1. LOL! I truthfully don’t think you could write something I wouldn’t love. LOL! πŸ˜€

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      2. judeitakali says:

        We do share a lot of common ground. But you may draw the line on vivid horror; I think that fits better in novels when you have had some hints of gruesomeness throughout the novel.

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      3. No… I really want to encourage freedom of expression. You write it, I’ll read it.

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  12. Somehow I missed this and wanted to read it before getting into Part 2. Most intriguing and you do so well at combining flash fiction and poetry.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. Still a work in progress so I hope I’ll get better at the combination in the future πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. Most welcome, Jude.

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  13. Ha! Was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be clever if Officer Annie Mills was the soulmate” and boom! There it was! Great, Jude! I can’t wait to see part two. I’m catching up on blogs, so looks like I’ll only have to wait a couple of minutes to get to it. Delightful!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, yeah you saw through that disguise. Didn’t have space to add another character or 2 so that you’d have to debate your guess, πŸ˜‡
      Thank you Melanie, for reading and your thoughts πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

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  14. Ingrid says:

    I wasn’t expecting that, Jude! Off to read part two now…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

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  15. Aparna says:

    Wonderful, and suspense filled πŸ˜πŸ˜…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Aparna. I appreciate it 🀩😊

      Liked by 2 people

  16. Pratik says:

    Nice post

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pratik.

      Like

  17. KL Caley says:

    Creepy, dark and intriguing. Great story, Jude looking forward to the next part. KL ❀

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Ooh, you’re here at lastπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

      Like

  18. Amazing work…! πŸ’›

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

      Like

  19. Bartek D says:

    It’s great, can’t wait to read the next part

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. Whenever you’re ready. The link is at the bottom.

      Like

  20. Jemima Pett says:

    Hmmm… lots of good writing there, but I guessed fairly early…. but then I’m not often right!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jemima. You can bet I’ll get better.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. I love dark tulip, increadible piece of content

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I appreciate this. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  22. Olivia Ava says:

    Excellent writing❀️😊

    Like

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks OliviaπŸ€—

      Like

  23. Jules says:

    Oooh… could be a Crime Scene Investigation segment!

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