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The Trifle MMBC, or A Mere Trifle of a Bachelorette Challenge, is the third successful attempt at a Murder Mystery Bachelorette Challenge. It's also the first to be produced by tosimornottosim, who would later become one of the more consistent and well-known contributors to the genre. It can be read from the beginning here.

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    Deaths and Survivors (spoilers) 
  1. Azure Slate - fire
  2. Violet Frostplum - being stuffed in the fridge
  3. Maizey Citrine - Philosopher's Stone misfire
  4. Lithodora - falling off a rock-climbing stand
  5. Beryl Star-Jinx - drowning
  6. Flame Almond - electrocution
  7. Mirage Bliss - buried alive in a Box of Danger
  8. Nevada Riesling - jellybean fluid syringe to the neck
  9. Baxtor Rose, murderer - taken by the Grim Reaper
  10. Sloe Cyanide, winner

This MMBC provides examples of:

  • Early Installment Weirdness: This story was written before a lot of the tropes of the MMBC were established, and the author herself was in the early days of writing proper stories (having only written a bachelorette challenge before that wasn't plot-heavy). Trifle MMBC therefore can be considered less coherent than later stories of its kind. The murderer's motive is less clear and complex; Blueberry's illness is handled with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer and seems to come out of nowhere. Later MMB Cs by the author would handle the genre better.
  • Hereditary Curse: Almost everyone in the Trifle family has met some kind of tragic fate. The BC was originally intended as Blueberry Honey's attempt to break it.
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  • Murder Ballad: While taking care of the last victim, the killer sings a refrain from Jill Tracy's The Fine Art of Poisoning.
  • Phony Psychic / Not-So-Phony Psychic: Sloe Cyanide oscillates between these, depending on the day.
  • Secretly Dying: Blueberry herself.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: How Azure Slate is killed initially - the murderer tricks them into dividing by zero to create this effect!

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