Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Getting Away With It

At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.

I've been reading some very strange books lately: 

What if you found out a close friend or family member (could be your significant other) killed someone and got away with it? What if they did it to protect you?


  1. After I wrapped my head around it (and stopped shaking) I truly don't know how I would react.

    1. Neither did the main character in the novel I read. It was a bit much for her, too.

  2. Based on the first sentence: I'd have to report it. No murderer should "get away with it," and I wouldn't want someone who kills in my circle of family or friends! Based on the second: To save me sounds like it was in my defense, so they should admit it and if justice works as it should, they'd be fine. If they tried to keep it quiet, that's a red flag for me. I just don't want a killer in my midst!

  3. I'd have to report it as I couldn't live with knowing it and doing nothing.

  4. This is truly tricky, Liz. At least initially I won't know how to react. But I would be very uncomfortable knowing that someone close to me is a killer.

  5. Hmmm, If they killed someone in self defence and if the person was ready to rape me and was a known serial killer, I believe I would keep it mum. This is a quandary but if the person killed for money or robbery, I would speak out. It depends on what truly happened.


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