Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Black Night


In the light of day, the narrow street appears menacing. It had a quaint charm last night. 

Today, I must show the polizia where everything happened. 

It was a brisk evening. We met for wine and spuntino.

Later, we walked through these ancient streets, his muscular arm warming my shoulders.

Lovers passed us engrossed in each other’s eyes, a travelers concept of Italian romance. 

His full lips rivaled dark-captivating eyes as they draw me in. Romance was in the air.

 Regretfully, forever, I’ll remember this nightmare and the scent of his garlic breath.

Now, police search for my horrid rapist.

2020©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt:©Rowena Curtin

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Polizia – Italian: police

Spuntino – Italian: snacks


*****I missed last weeks writing challenge with this fun photo prompt. I think this photo can be added to this story. Enjoy …

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

40 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Black Night

  1. blech. For the rapist with the garlic breath. Well done story, though…

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  2. A terrible event, made even worse by the scented garlic breath. Ugh!

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  3. a true horror. Well written tale. The beginning is set up so sweetly for that turn mid story.

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  4. At least we know he ISN’T a vampire! I like how the narrow street that seemed so romantic before now looks menacing. So sorry her vacation along with her sense of safety have have destroyed by another.

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  5. A terrible yet all too believable story. Well done.

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  6. I think that was the most romantic rape scene ever. The last line threw me. I was expecting a murder, maybe they witnessed something. I got lulled in to the romantic scene. Excellent, horrific twist.

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    • I’m smiling from your wonderful comment, Nobbinmaug. I used to write a lot of romantic stories then switched to different vignettes of life. I think this is something that could happen to a single lady traveling alone in a place that exudes romance. I’ll keep your comment in mind next time I decide on a story. Thank You … Have a great day … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎

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  7. Really a bad ending… and the garlic will stay on.

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  8. This week s photo at Friday Fictioneers comes from Janet Webb.  Interesting one this.  Apologies to all those I couldn t get to last week due to internet restrictions.  Should be easier this week heading to Spain today.  ??  There has to be some sun somewhere and I m reliably informed that s where it s hiding.


  9. Awesome write, Isadora! 🙂 BTW, I’m not on FB anymore. So, I’m trying to figure out the new “block” formatting here. I’ll get it, eventually. 🙂

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    • It’s nice to see you here, Bear. I’ve tired of FB due to the political banter. I’ve always enjoyed my blog and the blogs of others too. Thanks for the good words on my story. It’s much appreciated. GOOD LUCK with the new WP posting method. I hate it. I wrote and told them so. It’s for techie people. I’m just a gal who wants to write and post. It takes forever to learn and create posts … OR … maybe, i’m just not technical enough to understand. I really do hope you figure it out. I’d love to see your wonderful writing again. Have a great weekend … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎

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  10. Oh no! I wasn’t expecting that but I like the way you wove a story from two photos.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • I was going for a romantic story but then I had a paragraph written for last weeks prompt. I decided to combine the two stories. I’m pleased you enjoyed my story. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎


  11. oh no, i was hoping for a happy ending.

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  12. Oh! A tragic twist! I was hoping for romance. Well done!

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  13. Querida Isadora,

    Your story fit both prompts to a T. You took us on her journey…from bliss to the abyss…right down to the garlic breath. Tan bien escrito, mi amiga.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      I lost track of my weekdays last week so I missed the great photo from Dale. I thought – Why not add it to this week? I’m pleased I did. I believe my protagonist in this story was filled with Italian moonbeams of love while throwing caution to the wind.
      Gracias por sus palabras muy amables …
      Abrazos y Carino, Be well … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎 💜


  14. Good combination, for a traumatic story. Well written.

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  15. Can’ be too careful, I guess. A shockingly abrupt ending for what started as a romantic tale.

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  16. …and it started out so well. Excellent Isadora.

    Here’s mine!

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  17. Wow Isadora….I didn’t expect that ending. I was all romantic too until WHAM!!!!

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  18. Two for the price of one. Well doone, Isadora

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