Prompt of the Week: Like a Dangerous Woman

Create a character – or write a story or poem- based on the Femme Fatale archetype.

Write your response in the comments below. Best entry gets a shout out next week!

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Lady Jabberwocky

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9 thoughts on “Prompt of the Week: Like a Dangerous Woman

  1. Aside from the clothes and the food and the company, prison isn’t so bad. Being in here gives me time to think. Time free of distractions, which is better than gold. Before I always has so many balls in the air that I never had a stray moment to just sit in quiet and ponder. My mind was always going a mile a minute. Now I can reflect for a bit.

    If my grandmother taught me only one thing (which she’s didn’t, she taught me thousands of things) it’s that when you make a mistake you have a chance to learn. I see now where I went wrong. When they let me out of here I’ll have a plan that’s airtight. I know the gaps that need to be patched in my ship. And yes, I know they say I’m in here for life but trust me, in 18 months (give or take a few weeks) I’ll be walking out of here a free woman. That’s already taken care of,.

    In the meantime I’m able to examine how I ended up here. The error I made is one that many women make. Manipulating men is so easy that you end up relying on that one trick. It’s such a simple task to lead a man around by the nose that you go to the proverbial well too many times. I crippled myself with overspecialization. I see that now.

    I can shoot a pistol. I can drive an automobile. I know enough about chemistry and electrical wiring and engineering to get by. I’ve studied just a bit with the Old Man of Chinatown, I know a few moves if someone tries to get physical. Impressive, but it’s not enough. Not to achieve what I want. What do I know of explosives? Not a thing. If I wanted something blown up I found a dynamite man and I got him to do what I wanted. That needs to change. That’s not good enough for me.

    My motto has always been “Never rely on the kindness of strangers”. That motto needs to evolve, what it needs to be is; never rely on the competence of others. What good is a dynamite man if he’s busy writing you love letters? What use is a police captain if he’s busy murdering his wife so you can be together instead of send the patrol car away from the museum? What benefit is a pilot back from the war if he’s writing sonnets about your beauty instead of stealing a plane?

    Aside from specifics about my plans that I won’t go into, that’s what I need to change to avoid another 18 month stay on the government’s dime – I need to stretch my legs. I need to learn more. I need to understand more than what makes a man tick. I’ve already mastered that knowledge. I need to do more. I need to challenge myself.

    Am I saying that I need to be the one rigging the dam to blow at a certain time? Of course not, that would be beneath me, but I need to be able to step in and finish the job when necessary because as easy as men are to control they’re equally as unreliable.

    They too emotional is what it is. Makes them unpredictable. Are they going to follow through on your plans or are they going to get distracted by feelings of love? That’s something that I’m going to have to account for going forward.

    You can’t rely on men these days. That’s just the way it is.

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