Chrysanthemums

Prompt piece for Write or Die project

Indira Reddy
Oct 1, 2019 · 4 min read
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Day One

Day Two

Day Three

This was stupid. I got up angrily and went to confront my roommate. He was in his room. I barged in, flower in hand. He put his hands up and said, “Man, stop bringing those funeral flowers home, will you?”

“What funeral flowers?” I asked, confused.

“The one you’re holding.” He looked at my baffled expression and continued, “No idea where you’ve been getting those, mate, but can you please keep it either in your room or in your car or wherever.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because they’re supposed to be bad luck. And I don’t need anymore,” he replied brusquely and turned away.

I walked out, confused. Who else could it have been?

Day Four

I felt around, and there it was — the flower. I’d learnt yesterday that were called chrysanthemums and had been, in olden days, used only in funerals. The yellow of this one’s center had almost disappeared under the red. Remembering my first thought, I flicked out my tongue and let it rest for a second on the red stain. My tongue immediately noted the metallic sweet taste of blood. Disgusted, I threw the flower away from me. It sat there, menacing against the dark green of the carpet. I got up, used a tissue to pick it up and tossed it out through the window.

I was shaking. I had to find out who was doing this.

Day Five

Annie Caldwell, Nicole Willson, Tamyka Bell, you have been entered to the Hell of the Dead by me. To escape to the Living Hall, you will have to recreate this piece in your own words or extend it as part of the Write or Die collaboration. Failure to comply will leave your name and soul in the Hell of the Dead.

Editor’s note: This is the main prompt. You can reinterpret this story, extend it to the deepest, dungiest places of your imagination. The end is in your hands. For more details, see

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