She’d worked hard all day. On her own as usual. Samuel had engineered it nicely, him rearing the beef and her processing it into fresh farm products sold at the butchers. A great cottage industry except she was lonely and he liked it that way – her pretty face out of sight. Her time all accounted for.

She shuddered as she closed the refrigerator for the last time on the sausages and pies awaiting collection. She mopped the floor and carefully rechecked the gleaming stainless steel but there was no need to worry. There wasn’t a trace of Samuel anywhere.


Another go at 99 words of fiction in response to the latest prompt from Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

December 30, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write an industrious story. It can be about an industry or the efforts of a person or group of people. What does their industry reflect? Does hard work pay off? Are there risks or accidents?