No-one Noticed – a 100w story

This is my 100-word story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers inspired by the photo prompt below courtesy of ©The Reclining Gentleman

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Friday Fictioneers prompt for February 12, 2016 courtesy of The Reclining Gentleman


No-one Noticed

People were always telling Mrs Gardner what beautiful daughters she had.
Angeline was stunning, tall and blonde.
‘She’ll break a few hearts,’ people would say.
‘Oh, and look at the redheaded twins,’ they would declare.
Little Gemma responded with a vivacious smile while they fussed over her bouncing curls. Her more serious twin stood quietly by.
Years later reporters and psychologists pored over an idyllic childhood, searching for clues as to what drove the notorious redhead to such a horrific act.
As she was led into the courtroom Donna Gardner stared at the shell-shocked townspeople and smiled. She finally had their attention.

©Siobhán McNamara

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32 Responses to No-one Noticed – a 100w story

  1. draliman says:

    It must be hard to be ignored (or have the perception of being ignored), especially when you’re not only a sister but a twin too. She seems to have gone to very great lengths for attention, though!


  2. Sandra says:

    Well, I hope she enjoys the attention. I suspect she might not be meeting too many people for a while. Nicely done.


  3. So well done. The backstory would be really worth reading.


  4. oldentimes says:

    It’s hard to be ‘invisible’! Great job!


  5. Amy Reese says:

    I love how your characters became the blonde and the redheads. Oh, you are so clever! What a sad end to it all. It’s too bad they didn’t have an intervention or something. I, personally, think it would be hard to be a twin. Very entertaining story.


  6. rgayer55 says:

    I guess she’s a wallflower no longer. 🙂


  7. gahlearner says:

    I loved the blonde and redheads, too, and look how Donna pushes herself up in the background. 🙂 Great story, being outshined is painful, her solution was efficient. She’ll shine–for a moment.


  8. Yikes, all for a bit of attention?


  9. plaridel says:

    she was a later bloomer, i guess.


  10. Dear Siobhan,

    Good to see you back and what a story! So did she murder Gemma? Hope she enjoys the limelight in prison. Well done.




  11. Margaret says:

    There’s a lesson in your story. People talk about the ‘middle child’ syndrome, but I think it must be hard for lots of quiet, ordinary children who have popular siblings. Well told and an enjoyable read.


  12. Dale says:

    Jealousy… that most evil of emotions…


  13. Lori Carlson says:

    Oh! I love the twist of this… and understand all too well not getting enough attention and what it can do to you… vengeance, jealousy… a deadly pair!


  14. rosemawrites says:

    Oh no!! Wow. What a twist that was. Great job, Siobhan! 😀


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