The Gift

Trifecta: Week Fifty-Nine

This week’s word is intention.  


1: a determination to act in a certain way : resolve
2: import, significance
3a : what one intends to do or bring about
  b : the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered

Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
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Martha hummed to herself, smiling .She was proud of the gift she had inherited…

 Who would have thought that the local “Spice girl”, with her love for condiments, would one day become such a household name!

 Life was good.


 The door bell rang.

Two Police officers stood there, looking uncomfortable.


“Sorry to bring you this news, Mrs.Rafter, your ex-husband & his wife were found dead.”


“Oh no!” cried Martha,”What happened?’


“Sorry, but we will need to ask you some questions.”


“Please come in.”


“We understand that the house in which they had been living for the last six months was actually yours Madam?”

The Police officer, who looked a little like Brad Pitt, asked Martha.


“Yes, it did but as George & I were getting married, I did not need it any more. So, I decided to give the house to John & Julie as a Wedding gift.”


“That was generous of you, Madam!” said the  older Policeman. 

His piercing blue eyes looked disbelieving.


“Well, we did not part on acrimonious terms officer & loving someone is not a crime,” smiled Martha.”It’s cold outside, could I interest you both in some coffee & cinnamon flavored biscuits?”


They thawed visibly.


“On the face of it, it seems they ate some wild mushrooms that poisoned them,” offered the Brad Pitt look-alike,sipping the coffee.


“Oh, that’s sad. Julie never could cook!”


“These biscuits are delicious” said the older Officer, his blue eyes smiling.


A week later, the Coroner’s office  returned the verdict-Death  due to consumption of   poisonous wild mushrooms.


Reading this, Martha smiled. thinking of a particular condiment in a spice jar, that her ex-husband must have sprinkled generously everyday ,on the bland food served by Julie, the inept cook.


The Police, of course would never find that empty jar, which she had disposed off, when she went to see Julie with her gift of wild mushrooms-a red herring, she chuckled.


It had never been her intention to let her “gift” go to waste.


48 thoughts on “The Gift

  1. Was that the Brad Pitt of Thelma and Louise or the Brad Pitt of Fight Club? As a guy, I’m liking the story so much more if it is Fight Club Brad. 🙂 Regardless, I enjoyed the quiet nastiness that lurked below the surface. Well done.

  2. I had so much fun using my imagination for a Brad Pitt officer. I’d like to go with Fight Club Brad, if I may. Loved the wicked edge to her. Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

    • He!he!Glad to have been able to tickle your imagination.Sure u can choose the Brad of your choice:-)You are so right-one has got to do,what one has got to do;-)

  3. I had to giggle about the Spice Girl comment. 🙂 Also I loved the flow of the piece where you kinda get the feeling that Martha had something to do with their death, but you do not know for sure until the end. Nice job. 🙂

  4. Cool,calm and collected – she acts with the same demeanor she’s described with…but she’s now a little too dangerous for my liking, having been so successful with her first killing..

  5. I love this mini-story you created. Your vocabulary is amazing, so much more detailed than the fan fiction I read, and I just love how you explained the poisoning. Too bad the cops didn’t think to verify the spices, eh?

    • Thank you so much-your compliment warmed my heart:-)Yes,too bad the cops did not think of that but would not have found that-she was clever enough to remove the evidence;-)

      What kind of fan fiction do you read?My (almost 17) daughter started dabbling in that field sometime back & in fact she & my best friend pushed me into writing again-this site helped me in that direction & for the first time,I have forayed into “fiction”(am two weeks old on Trifecta):-)

  6. Ha! I thought for sure she was going to poison the officers. Glad she took the high road there 🙂 I like how this story played out. Oddly enough, I was rooting for her. I’m not exactly sure why I want a murderer to be free!

    • Ha!ha!To be honest,while writing I was so tempted to poison them too but would have been difficult to dispose off the two bodies;-)Yes,that shows that we are a lil skewed-& thk God for that,lol!:-)So glad u enjoyed it!

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