Trifecta: Week Ninety-Nine

Yes,Trifecta has reached its 99th week-a milestone indeed!Congrats to the Trifecta team and am so glad that I found this site and the community for my journey as  a flash fiction writer(of sorts) has started with them-so thank you Trifecta:-)

This week Trifecta has this on the menu for us-

This week we are giving you a page from the Oxford English Dictionary.  The ninety-ninth page, to be exact.  From this page, you can choose any word, any definition, to use in your post.  (Please type your chosen word in bold, so we know.)  And instead of our typical 33-333 word limit, we are asking for 99 words exactly. 

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I have chosen the word “Baby ” and here is my piece:-)





There was no moon that night. It had been raining. The moist, dank smell of rotting leaves permeated the atmosphere.

A man dug ferociously, darting furtive glances at the bundle lying on the muddy path.

Clad in black robes with a vermilion mark on her forehead, the woman looked possessed.

He finished digging the grave, sweat dripping from his face.

Her kohl-lined eyes glittered madly. She said, “Do it-NOW!”

Picking up the bundle, he lowered it into the grave.

The woman started chanting loudly.

The baby began wailing.

He smiled and started shovelling the mud onto his daughter’s body…



41 thoughts on “Nefarious

    • Hi Ivy!Thanks for reading and liking my “offering” ;-)Will be coming by later tonight to read and comment on your’s-am sure you have a fantastic one ready to serve :d Lots of love xx

  1. Wow, Atreyee, you are traveling to the dark side lately. This is gripping. Makes you wonder if the baby is somehow possessed and is nefarious or the parents are crazy. Well done.

    • Ha!ha!Steph,I thought I am perpetually on the dark side 😛 Thank you-no the baby is just a victim -the father is nefarious-mom is going to go crazy when she learns of this awful act I guess!

  2. I think what scares me most about pieces like this is that they can happen, do happen.

    you did an incredible job with the descriptions, I could smell the dirt, see the robes, hear those wails.

    nicely done my friend.

  3. *Gasp* That’s really evil, burying a baby alive. (A teenager, maybe, but a baby?) Only kidding about that teenager remark. I’m curious about their situation and why the baby must be buried.

    • lol Janna,thks-see now I am back-in form-after all it’s Halloween;-) Well,the baby may have been considered a sacrifice for fulfilling desires-or part of some ritual or as is the wont in my country-girls are not wanted..who knows 😛

    • Ha!ha!Tom,you are a sweetie-on one hand I have Janna who (rightly) thinks am getting soft when there are no murders or bodies in my pieces and on the other I have you & Kymm wondering about dark side that I am portraying-no rest for the wicked I tell you-lol!Glad you liked this take Tom-sad that it is a reflection on the times we live in-so disturbing,isn’t it?

    • Yes Sini,we know that these are true-why do they do it,beats me-your own flesh & blood?Terrible times we live in!Thank you for coming by to read and comment my friend:-)

  4. That was a scary piece! It shut me up and I had to re-read it. Very chilling and gripping, I liked it. The imagery is quite vivid as well with her khol lined eyes and all . Nice one

  5. It always makes my gut clench when I read about things being done to babies or kids. You kept us on the edge of our seats.

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