Flash Fiction Friday – Memento Mori

Dear Sir/Madam,

I will be calling for you at 14:35 on Friday 9th September. To ensure your passing is handled in a swift and efficient manner, please make yourself available at your allotted time and present this card. Unfortunately, the details of your demise cannot be issued for security reasons. If you have any questions, or wish to reschedule this appointment, please contact me on the above number and quote your customer reference number.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Mr T. G. Reaper, esq.


Memento Mori (Latin: remember that you will die)

I get little cards reminders through the post everyday: from the doctor, from the dentist, from utility companies wanting to read the meters. I can’t think of a better memento mori than an embossed ‘save the date’ card.

Chris Musgrave, Sept 2014

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Memento Mori

  1. Love it!!! You’d certainly be watching over your shoulder after getting a card like that! Also, you wrote this very well — detached, matter-of-fact policy riddled. Very clever, Chris! And happy to read you this week! TiV

  2. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant and cryptically humorous!

    Why wouldn’t death leave a calling card?

    The larger question, which could follow into a series, what if one decided NOT to be available? What then?

    I’m sitting here laughing like a crazy woman – I love dark humor, and this has made my day! 🙂

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