New flash fiction over at Phil Ambler’s Friday Prediction –  

 Rules – 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using the following words – jigsaw, capture, pimento.  Deadline is 9pm UK time on Thursday 31 January 2013.


By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw


Silver bell’s soft ringing announces arrival of Mr. Angleton.

Angry chatter of jigsaw… cutting through bone… echoes from the back room.

The man sniffs the air… once… twice… as if to capture the rich scent of the butcher’s shop.

Waiting, he surveys the sliced meats in glass countercase… salami… pimento… head cheese.

White-aproned butcher emerges through curtained doorway… with a nod, he hands paper-wrapped packages across counter.

“Good to see you again, sir… enjoying the new missus?”

“I am indeed, Thomas.”

Gentleman and butcher exchange barely concealed winks.

Soft tinkle of silver bell announces departure of the Angletons.

~ finis ~

© 2013 – Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw.  All Rights Reserved


About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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  1. susielindau says:

    I love the ending. Wink wink!! In cahoots I would imagine in doing away with the first Missus!

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