27 February 2015

Published February 25, 2015 by rochellewisoff

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The next picture is the PHOTO PROMPT. Where does it take you? Can you tell us in a hundred words or less? Take the road less traveled if you dare! 

My story follows the prompt and the blue inLinkz frog. I enjoy comments and welcome constructive crit. 


PHOTO PROMPT –© Dawn Q. Landau

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            “A moving picture is the last thing I want to see, Amy,” said Lizzie Le Prince. “‘The Great Train Robbery,’ indeed—starring Thomas Edison as the ring leader.”

            Amy patted Lizzie’s hand. “Let it go, dear. It’s been thirteen years.”

            “It was Edison all right. He had Louis murdered for his invention and tried to take sole credit.”

            “Police didn’t find any evidence. Louis just vanished without a trace.”

            Across the aisle in the darkened theater an elderly man peered at them over his program.

            “Poor Lizzie, my dear little martinet,” Louis whispered. “Perhaps a simple divorce would’ve been kinder.”            



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122 comments on “27 February 2015

    • Dear Björn,

      Alas, my solution is mere fiction. In reality, there were no clues. Lizzie actually did take Edison to court, not for murder, but for theft. Fascinating history.

      I hope my stories don’t distract you from your own writing.

      Thank you.




    • Dear J Hardy,

      The more I read about Edison, the more convinced I am that he had something to do with the disappearance.

      I know what you mean about this part of the week. I started in April of 2013 as a mere participant. I was hooked straight away. Glad you are, too. 😉

      Thank you for reading and commenting.



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    • Dear Patrick,

      He enjoyed them in my stories, but I doubt it was so in real life. I think others had too much to gain from his disappearance.

      Thanks for swinging by. Again, I loved your story this week.




  • Another fascinating riddle to think about – I don’t know how you keep finding such interesting morsels of controversy/speculation/history. Nicely done, with an inventive alternative explanation for the mystery. Poor Lizzie.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      You’d be amazed at how much is out there on the net. I usually start with a word for phrase and then follow the trail. I had way too much fun with this one. 😉

      Thank you for taking time to read and comment. I hope this saved you a few kleenexes.



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  • Good Victorian mystery, Rochelle. Well done as always. 🙂 Just an additional note: I have to cut back on computer time right now as my husband may have to go to the hospital for tests, etc. I hope to be back in the near future. 🙂 — Suzanne


  • Dear Rochelle,
    I especially love what you’ve done with this. It used to be so much easier to disappear completely. The world is a much smaller place today. Nice use of multiple train references also.

    Marie Gail


      • Yes, I can imagine. I used to fantasize about dropping out of the picture for an extended period of time. About five years ago it dawned on me that the process would now be nearly impossible without professional assistance and perhaps plastic surgery. Still, when things get too intense, I fantasize about the idea of getting away from it all.


  • Rochelle … Very good. No wonder she didn’t want to see the movie, poor thing!
    I’m beginning to think what happens to us today has occurred a million times before. History as they say … repeats itself.


    • Dear Lilie,

      I’m sure it’s the last movie Lizzie would want to see in truth or fiction. I’ve no doubt that history repeats itself…because we don’t learn from it.

      Thank you for coming by for a read and a comment.




    • Dear Janet,

      I admire your self restraint. You could’ve derailed my train of thought. 😉 (Yeah, one of us had to say it.)

      I’d love to know what really happened to Louis but the fiction was kind of fun to write.

      Thanks for coming by.




  • Wow, a very intriguing tale! I agree with the others, how Edison discarded Tesla (who I admire greatly), I would not be surprised if he also had something to do with this.
    But unless someone invents the TARDIS, we will probably never know the truth, which is a big shame.

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  • Rochelle,
    after that amazing story I had to click on the link and learn more. What a weird, fascinating incident. I’ve heard a lot of negative things about Edison lately, about his business dealings and whatnot, but murder? I like your interpretation, although it’s drastic, to be sure.

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    • Dear David,

      Really I was just having some fun with an unfortunate event. The fact that Le Prince disappeared without a trace…no body…no luggage…intrigued me. I doubt that he did it to leave his wife. 😉

      I’m glad you clicked on the link. I’m also glad that you took the time to read and comment.

      Thank you.




  • Dear Laverne,
    There are certain hazards that go with being a genius. I can’t tell you how many people have tried to knock me off just to steal one of my stories. That’s why I’ve had to go into a witness protection program and hide out in a root cellar behind Shorty’s garage. Don’t tell Dave Barry where I am at . . . or Perry Block either.
    – Rin Tin Tin, aka Chester Markum


    • Dear KT,

      It would’ve been terribly cruel, I think, if Louis had really disappeared to leave his family. I’ll admit the twist was fun to write. The history was new to me as well.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It means a lot.



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    • Dear Isadora,

      Over the past ten years I’ve fallen in love with history. I’m always amazed at how far afield the research trail can take me.

      I’m pleased that you took the time to read and comment on my little fiction. I’m afraid I gave Lizzie and Louis a rather bad rap, though.

      Thank you.




  • Hi Rochelle,

    Fascinating bit of history! It’s somehow fitting that the guy credited with the first moving pictures meets his demise in a way well suited to a motion picture.

    Happy Friday!



    • Dear Emilie,

      Please keep in mind that my story is pure fiction as far as the ending goes. Louis was never found, nor any trace of his belongings. I fear I’ve been unkind in my story.

      Thank you for coming by and commenting.




    • Dear Anne,

      I really don’t think that’s what really happen. I was having a bit of fun with the scenario. I think perhaps Mr. Edison had some secrets, I don’t know about Lizzie. I fear I’ve been unkind to her.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.




    • Dear Dawn,

      It’s a beautiful photo and I appreciate the loan of it. I’m glad you enjoyed my story. Of course the last line is merely my imagination at work and has no basis in fact.

      Thank you for the continuing support and kudos. As I said, it’s another step closer.



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  • I never trusted that Edison, and I now I know why. Great investigative report, Rochelle. I know it’s fictional, but I like your side of things. Great bit of history and I like the way you moved the story along with the backdrop of the theater. Nice!


  • Dear Rochelle

    There you go again weaving your magic, a little bit of fact here a touch of fiction there. Your stories are always a pleasure to read and I admire the research and time you take over each one. Just brilliant.

    Best wishes



    • Dear Dee,

      I’m glad you recognize the fictitious part of it. I’d love to know what really happened but I’m sure it will remain a mystery.

      Thank you so much for your glowing words. Nice to read to warm a cold day.



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  • Interesting story and the link provided. Edison was an uninhibited egoist and said to be a tyrant to employees and a ruthless competitor. He didn’t socialize well and often neglected his family. But he was also at the forefront of a technological revolution that changed the world. Agents Scully & Mulder need to look into Louis’ disappearance now.

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    • Dear Emilio,

      Jump in any time. Flash fiction is great for short attention spans. ;). I hope you’ve read my story an a few others. Half the fun is reading an commenting. Many bonds have been formed in our global community this way.

      Thanks for coming by.




        • Dear Emilio,

          It’s a bit daunting as this group has more than doubled in size over the past couple of years. I try to at least read all the stories. Some weeks I’m more successful than others.




  • I’m always fascinated by your little journeys into history, Rochelle. I didn’t know this story and enjoyed following the link to find out. It’s all very mysterious and I love the way you weave the disappearance/murder into your tale. Divorce would definitely have been much easier. Cleverly done, as always. 🙂

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  • I’ve heard a lot of disparaging things about historical figures lately. Much more interesting than what we read in our textbooks when in school. Love this story, too. Who cares if it’s true. I’m not sure our “history” was any more factual.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    Another thread gets added to the warp and woof of the tapestry of your writing. You’re building an impressive body of work. It would be easy to get overwhelmed by it all…BYTDOTBS….so back to work. We love you. Thanks.



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    • Dear Doug,

      I’m letting your words sink in. IATDOTBS, but sometimes that pole has a way of tripping me up. Your constant support is the wind beneath my wings. I’m fortunate in calling many Friday Fictioneers, including yourself, friends in the truest sense.

      Taking deep breaths and diving in.




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