The Anniversary Gift

Photo prompt courtesy Yarnspinnerr

“Can you believe it?” he suddenly spoke up excitedly, “10th Wedding Anniversary. Wow!”

She appeared to be in a more maudlin mood, as she replied, “I really appreciate you planning this thing. Coming back to the place where we first met and fall in love….Who would have guessed that you would turn out to be a sucker for grand sentimental gestures?”

He rowed on in silence for some time, and then remarked softly, “Do you think it would still be there on the island?”

“The garden? I sure hope so dear,” she replied with a sigh.

“No,” he said with a far-away look in his eyes, “I meant the blue rose bush under which we….”

Her face turned red as she remembered the night, and she completed his sentence, “….buried that body?”

“Yes. It would have been their 10th anniversary today too, so I just thought they deserved to be together today, just like us,” he replied, looking down at the dead wife of their first victim as a team.


171 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge is to write a story in 175 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Note: To find out how this charming couple first got together, read this:


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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15 Responses to The Anniversary Gift

  1. Akshata Ram says:

    Thats damn scary.. gosh they way you deceive your readers each time Anurag

  2. Tannille says:

    Wow, this could have been longer! I had to read it twice because I keep seeing a child in the picture and that changes the context completely.

  3. Lynn Love says:

    Some anniversary! Chilling couple you’ve painted there

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Well, that’s one anniversary to celebrate!

  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    Whoa that’s a twist I did not see coming!! Well done. I wish you had more words to tell us more about this murderous couple!

  6. Not the anniversary I thought they were headed for. Nice fake out.

  7. michael1148humphris says:

    What an unexpected ending,

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