The One Rule (A Short Story)

One Sentence Story, bloody handprint, The One Rule

She lay on the ground weeping hysterically, covered in blood. Some people just never learn. I had made it clear that not cheating was the one rule I had for this marriage. If only he had taken my words more seriously. Two lives could have been saved.


About The One Rule:

I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have come up with this story while using the bathroom… I can’t help it. Sometimes inspiration for your writing comes at random times… Anyway, let’s just pretend I never said that and move on…

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I am constantly editing old posts to keep them SEO friendly and reader friendly according to new Search Engine guidelines which change every now and then. So I have been reading a lot of my past posts. Many of them are short stories, poems and six word stories. And I love horror so a lot of them are pretty dark. Rereading these is probably what inspired todays short story. Although this was much shorter than my usual stories since it started out as a one sentence story but evolved to something more.

I also noticed a theme where more of the villains in my stories are women than men. I guess I enjoy writing women as darker characters because that’s something I don’t see much of and they are usually just the victims.

What did you think of this short story? Are you a fan of horror/murder movies/tv shows/books? Let me know in the comments section below because I would love to hear from you. Or simply stop by and say hi!

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115 thoughts on “The One Rule (A Short Story)

  1. Love it! I don’t know what that says about me or my relationships, but let’s just not unpack that, shall we?

  2. Hi! Good storyโ€ฆ that protagonist is a tough one! I did notice that your villains are primarily women. (Note to self: never cross Pooja! ๐Ÿ˜…) Iโ€™ve never been much into horror movies/gore but I do like suspenseful crime dramas.

    1. Thank you! Crime dramas are always fun, I generally prefer those too but also enjoy horror occasionally. Haha my villains do tend to be women, maybe they’re living out the intrusive thoughts I don’t ๐Ÿ˜…

  3. It’s true that some people just never learn… it reminded me of a story by E. Shafak “Bastard of Istanbul” I am not mush into horror / murder, I find it too simplistic most of the time…

    1. True, horror/murder plots all have very similar premises. I haven’t heard of that story but will definitely check it out.

  4. Well, I hate to victim blame but I think she made it pretty clear what her boundaries were from the beginning so……. ๐Ÿ˜„

  5. I like thriller stories with women as villains so I get it. It adds a new layer of how society affects gender roles and then individual.

    Iโ€™m very afraid of slasher stuff (if not afraid, disgusted).

    I like writing characters to be more psychologically disrupted than physical. Itโ€™s easierโ€ฆbut you know, if you read my one reason post, itโ€™s a hint that I could and can write both.

    1. What I really would like to see is how would you write something like You but with a woman as Joe.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพ๐Ÿค” I wonder how different the crimes and backstories would be.

      1. Ooh, I would love to write a female version of Joe. I think that would be interesting. And I wonder if people would sympathise more with her character than Joe’s. Even though people really sympathise with him and make excuses for him.

        1. Maybe? Do people sympathize with women more? I have no idea. I guess it would depend on your writing, how traumatized the character is, and how you appeal to others. If you give her, say, an s abuse background, it probably make people more likely to sympathize than sayโ€ฆshe just is weird. But, it would be interesting to have a character with a bad relationship with their mother. Might be relatable?๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพ

          1. Yeah, women can typically get away with more because their crimes are usually crimes of passion rather than mindless murder. I think Joe’s appeal is that he is a narcissist and since we see/read everything from his perspective he is always the victim and the “good guy.” Yeah, a bad relationship with their mother is a classic way to make psychos more relatable. And maybe her mother was abusive or had an addiction.

            1. Crimes of calculated murder tooโ€”ID channel shows some of them from the past and oh my are some of them good at hiding.

              Have you seen the theatre production/movie, Chicago?? Itโ€™s not a thriller (depending on how you view it) but itโ€™s right up your alley (and it has some catchy music too) I recommend.

              Making the MC good looking (making an โ€œuglyโ€ relatable woman helps too) always makes them more sympathetic to people. People can see good morals where there are none with beauty.

              1. I’ll definitely check out Chicago. I just Googled it and you’re right, it’s right up my alley.

                True, having a very good looking MC or an average looking but relatable MC helps connect for sure. I think a lot of TV characters that are thought to be “iconic” are seen as iconic because of that.

    2. I absolutely agree. I also find that female murderers are often smarter with their plans so that makes it more fun for me to write.

      I find some slasher stuff disturbing too. It’s not for me. I’m more of a psycho thriller/murder mystery kind of person most of the time. But sometimes I like horror lol.

      Yeah, I think psychologically disturbed characters are easier to write because often they seem just like us until we get to know the real them ๐Ÿ˜ถ

      1. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Not only that, they (psychologically disturbed) can be like writing pent up emotions. Sometimes itโ€™s exhausting, but sometimes itโ€™s interesting what you can come up with.

  6. I’m not a fan of horror, but I am an ardent fan of murder mysteries mainly of the cosy Agatha Christie type. Although I have started enjoying the current trend of psychological thrillers.
    What are your favourite authors, shows?

    1. I love Agatha Christie too. One book in this genre I loved was The Housemaid by Freida McFadden. For TV shows, I love Only Murders In The Building, You, Wednesday and Sherlock. What about you?

      1. I’ve been an ardent Agatha Christie fan since I was 12.
        I’ve seen all these shows except Wednesday.
        Only Murders was a little too convoluted for me. I loved the main characters and the lovely Autumn colours.

        1. Agatha Christie is a master when it comes to murder mysteries. I started reading her books as a teen and loved them.
          I like Wednesday since it has a fantasy/supernatural element to it. And Only Murder is definitely a bit more complex but a fun watch nonetheless. I really like the autumn vibes too.

  7. I do love the horror genre. It’s nice to come across a story with a female protagonist, who’s a little dark. And you’re right, inspiration hits you wherever it chooses to. It don’t matter where you are or what you’re doing. ๐Ÿ’ช

          1. Lol… It alright.. sometimes I just recite the ideas like a mantra until I hit a traffic light. Creativity never books an appointment. Keep writing Pooja. You’re entertaining…and I appreciate you.

              1. I’m not very good at BS.. so it’s a straight up compliment and encouragement… Keep doing your thing.. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  8. Many ideas come there…. there’s no shame about it.

    Who doesn’t love who short stories…. always some unexpected. Well yes, you kill a man always…. they always betray in your stories. Haha

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    1. Haha yeah. That’s another common theme. Lots of dead men in my stories.

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  9. Awesome… I am not much into horror, but I enjoy true crime, which I find shows the horror of human nature… I enjoy reading your posts…

      1. I can appreciate that. It is hard to see what a human being can do to another, no matter the reason. There is a lot of cruelty out there unfortunately

  10. Reminds me of some lyrics from one of my favorite songs: โ€œIt was noon in the summer when the police shot him
    “Stagger Lee, reincarnate” is what the cops called him
    A trembling hand with big ideas, which killed his wife and her man
    Stagger Lee in the Flesh in Southern Californiaโ€ (Trophy Scars – Messengers). Didnโ€™t realize the first few times I listened to it that โ€œhis wife and her manโ€ meant he killed his wife and someone she was having an affair with haha.

    With search engines slowly rolling out AI chat, what do you think will happen with SEO? Iโ€™ve read some sources that said it wonโ€™t exist in a few years. I think that could be good and bad. Itโ€™s certainly easy to abuse SEO to the point that you canโ€™t find anything useful on Google anymore, but then how do you get AI to notice your page? Lol

    1. Will definitely listen to that song. Sounds right up my alley lol.

      Yeah, I’ve heard about that and I feel like you’re right. It’s going to be both good and bad. I don’t know about everyone else but I’ve been baking AI cookies and it seems to be going well so far… ๐Ÿช

  11. I LOVE dark. Knowing me, one would never imagine as I’m a happy go lucky kind of person. One time someone said to me, “It’s good to know you have a dark side.”
    My two fiction books “Love Cats” and “The Gypsy Smiled” have the woman as the darker character. There are way too many books about guys being jerks and I wanted to show that women can be terrible too. Through these books I wanted to illustrate selfishness — to the extreme; though not horror stories.
    My husband doesn’t like dark stuff, so when he’s not around I’ll indulge in dark movies and I won’t tell him about it because he doesn’t like to hear it.
    I also listen to dark music like Nick Cave’s “Murder Ballads.”
    And I love the real Pinochio story, before it was Disney-ized. It’s so creepy and scary.
    But all that said, it’s like loving darkness from afar. I refuse to go in an amusement park spook house. I am a chicken, ha-ha!

    1. I would definitely never have guessed that you love dark stuff so much!
      That’s awesome. I’m glad you wrote women as darker characters. We don’t have enough of that.
      I’m the same way, I don’t like haunted houses or anything scary in real life lol. I just like watching from afar.

  12. I love it, you never know when inspiration will strike. For me, it’s usually just as my eyes are closing and I’m finally ready for sleep and BOOM an idea pops into my head. Those are the worst as now I have to wake back up and find a way to write it down or document it so I don’t lose it.

      1. I usually grab my phone rather than turning on the light and tell Siri to create a note with all the details that just came to mind so that it will re-trigger when I look at it the next day or whenever I get back to it.

        1. That’s a good idea, I usually do that but the idea just keeps flowing and I know it won’t come back so I start typing until I get everything out.

  13. Interesting choice of words like ‘weeping hysterically’. This story makes me think that not every woman who looks fragile is weak and not every woman who looks stronger, taking care of family is strong. Sometimes life’s situation changes a person and brings out the best or the worst from them.

  14. I liked your concept of women as villains. We don’t have to be always a good girl/ woman; we can be villains as well….๐Ÿ˜‚

  15. Love the twist in your stories. Always. I don’t have a preference for horror stories, probably because I grew up in a horror narcissistic family and watched bloodless tortures every day. After escaping such a never ending horror show, I want something different. However, I love your stories and the horror-thriller book you recommended. You are so good with surprise ending, reversal of fortune or logic, and the strong women characters. I love strong women, good or bad, heroes or villains, in a story.

    1. Yeah, when you face a lot of horrors in life you want to stir clear of them when you watch or read stuff. Thanks so much, so glad you enjoy my stories. I prefer to have strong women as the main characters since I feel not enough books/stories have that.

      1. You are so right that so few strong women characters. I mean so many books have been published and very few are about strong women we would like to read.

        1. Ironically, even the books written by women often have mostly male characters. Luckily things are better now but back in the day it was almost just male characters as the main characters. And if there were women they were just “damsels in distress.”

          1. So true. If one was brought up–a man or a woman– in such a fake atmosphere, one just thinks in the way one was told. Also the readers and the audience probably enjoy the same fake images. There are so much work to be done just to tell a little bit of what really happened.

  16. I loved this flash fiction story. And as you know I love horror stuff too. Your story even though short made a huge statement that I could picture fully. Nice job Pooja.

  17. Shoulda been honest, right? All it takes to not be a cheater. “Hey wife, I’m curious about this person and want to… Can I?”

    Looks more like a writing prompt or a short true evil confession though, if I’m going to use my MKULTRA psi powers and make a judgment on your writing.

  18. I have really enjoyed reading this short story! You have the power to say a lot in just a few words! Excellent, as always! ๐ŸŒธ

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