Friday Fictioneers – Obsession

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

FF - Pedestal vases - Obsession 171101

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Ann Hall


As soon as her husband had left, Gwynneth was searching eBay. She typed in “pedestal vase”.

Her breath stopped.

Every curve was perfect. The colour was intense, highlighted with gold. “Sèvres, 1896” she read, and then “High bid £50”. She wondered how much she dared spend.

She had vases displayed on her marble shelf – and hidden under the bed – and in the loft. She cherished them all. But the Sèvres – she lusted after it.

Three days later, with thirty seconds to go, the high bid was £85. Gwynneth licked her dry lips, and bid £200.

…2 – 1 – End.

She’d won!

51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Obsession

  1. When my wife worked in the financial securities industry many decades ago, he was in L.A. and knew a broker in New York. He loved model trains but his wife didn’t understand his interest. He would often by a new car for this train set and then hide it under the bed allowing it to gather dust. When she’d question whether this was a recent purchases, he’d say something like, “No, I’ve had that for ages.”

    Sounds like she might want to try a similar ploy.

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting, James, and for the anecdote about your wife’s friend. Isn’t it odd how such trivial things as train sets – and Sevres porcelain – can lead us to deceive our spouse?
      With best wishes


    • Dear Varad
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right; the lady has issues. They’re pretty harmless, though!
      As regards it being an interesting take, it was rather odd. I normally have to spend quite some time trying to decide what to write about. With this prompt, I took one look and knew precisely what I was going to say!
      With best wishes

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  2. If it makes for a more interesting and exciting life, why not!? I hope the bargain was worth it at the end and I hope they earn well enough to allow her to put the 200 pounds in the miscellaneous bracket.
    A wonderfully narrated tale, Penny.

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    • Dear Linda
      Thank you for reading and commenting.
      You ask a shrewd question; did she lose her husband’s trust?
      My guess is “No”, because he knows she buys vases on eBay. I think she’ll need to tell him about the amount very tactfully, though!
      With best wishes

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    • Dear Alicia
      Thank you for reading and commenting.
      I wondered if this would confuse…
      With eBay, the bid that’s displayed is the bid that will win the item. But every bidder enters the maximum bid they’re prepared to pay, so the bid that’s shown may not be the amount that is needed to win the item, because the bidder may have entered a higher maximum bid. When there is a new bid, eBay compares it with the highest maximum bid, which may not be the figure that’s displayed.
      One technique for maximising your chance of winning the auction, is to wait until the last thirty seconds or so and then enter a maximum bid that is much higher than the bid displayed. Usually you will win the item for a price somewhere between the bid displayed and your maximum bid. So Gwynneth might not have paid £200, but she would have paid over £85.
      I know – clear as mud! Sorry!


  3. Dear Shweta
    Thank you for reading and commenting.
    I feel sure that the vase will have pride of place in Gwynneth’s collection – right until the time another ‘irresistible’ piece comes on line!
    With best wishes


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