Friday Fictioneers: What’s In The Box?

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.


What’s In The Box?

Johnny returned home from another day of canvassing the neighborhood. His Irish Setter, Rex, had been missing for three days now. On his way in, he picked up a box lying outside the gate.

“Any luck?” asked Amy.


“What’s in the box?”

“I don’t know. I assumed you ordered something. It is an Amazon box.”

“I didn’t order anything.”

“That proves miracles are possible. Maybe we will find Rexy.”

“Open it. I wanna see.”

Johnny opened the box and stared into Rex’s lifeless eye. The note pinned to his ear read, “Tell your father hello. – Carmine.”


You don’t kill the dog, you asshole. I don’t know why my mind went there. Probably because that’s the most horrific thing I can imagine. I’d go John Wick on a motherfucker. I did a little John Wick/Se7en combo on this one. Every time I see a box, my first thought is, “What’s in the box? What’s in the box?”

This is a sequel to It’s Cold from a while ago. I knew there had to be a head or a bomb in the box and the easiest way to build up a backstory in 100 words or less was to use a preexisting story. I briefly considered referencing Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake’s “Dick In A Box” song/sketch from SNL, but that seemed inappropriate. That’s the society we’ve created. Ultraviolence is fine. Sexuality is… Whoa! That’s a no-no.

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  1. My first thought was go Rambo on someone if they messed with my cats. But going John Wick on them would be better. You’re right about the ultraviolence being acceptable but sexuality is an instant red flag. One of my friends was blind to the violence/horror as far as her kids’ viewing but show a bit of skin and noway nohow was her kid going to watch it. They could watch people being dismembered in grade school but a woman in a bikini, no way!

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    1. It’s a good thing you posted that bit about your comments going to spam. I had to haul this out and clean it off. It’s nasty in there. You didn’t even comment on the unfortunate size of my penis.

      That is the John Wick story. Theon “My name is Reek” Greyjoy stomped on his puppy. Going in, I knew his dog got killed, and he went on a rampage, but I was still shocked.

      I happen to prefer sex to violence, and not even violent sex. Alicia Keys has a song called “Holy War” in which she questions the wisdom of why “war is holy, and sex is obscene.” I think you’ll like it. Here:

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      1. I don’t get where your penis got involved, but ok.
        Oh right, I forget they hurt Wick’s pup in one of the earlier ones. Love the GoT reference. The song is good and anathema to Wick, but that’s fine. I like my scars. An idealist likes baby smooth skin, but humans aren’t built that way.

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      2. I’m a man. It’s always involved. No. The majority of spam emails I’ve received in my life were concerned about the size of my penis. I thought that was a universal thing, joke. Maybe it’s just me.

        I’ve only seen the first John Wick. That’s the thing that stands out above all else.

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    1. That’s Troy this week. He’s ridiculously photogenic. Even though it’s Thing’s birthday today. She’s a year old and officially a runt. She’s half as big as the others. I like that she’s small. I carry her around with one hand over my head, but it makes me a little nervous about breeding her.

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  2. Ha! I too have a tourettesesque “WHAT’S IN THE BOX!?!” reaction to random packages. But for the love of god, did you HAVE to kill Rex?

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    1. Yes. If he lived long enough, Rex was destined to lead a canine revolt that would have resulted in the deaths of millions of Americans and Cubans. I guess that didn’t come through in the story.


  3. Dear Nobbin,

    Ouch. I ached for poor Rex. Put me in mind of the Godfather actually. The horse’s head in the bed. Remember that? Ugh. Most shocking scene in the movie. Horrid ending…well written though.



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