Friday Fictioneers – No Wonder

I’m still on holiday in Greece, but I can’t resist sneaking some writing time when I should be having a siesta!

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!

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Photoprompt © Randy Mazie

No Wonder

When Alan and Judith had moved in, shortly after their wedding, they thought it was the most beautiful house they’d ever seen.

They would often eat breakfast on the terrace, exclaiming with delight at the perfume from the roses in their garden. They would comment in wonder that the distant view was always changing.

But Alan neglected the roses, and Judith was too busy with her friends to be house-proud. Alan spent an increasing number of nights away ‘on business’, while Judith consoled herself with gin.

Now the house is boarded up and empty.

No beauty, no delight.

No wonder.

Blue froggy – join the fun!

49 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – No Wonder

  1. Penny, this is beautifully written and such a touching tale. Maintenance is a bit of a problem around here too. I look at our front door every day. It’s desperately in need of a coat of paint and it’s only a door so it wouldn’t take long. However, it’s never just a lick of paint. Sanding, filler…a quick lick of paint takes a week. Also, I dread being able to get it right without spilling paint, painting the dog or going over the edges. The expectation of disaster means nothing gets done.
    Enjoy your time in Greece. Sounds amazing.
    Best wishes,

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    • Dear Tannille
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You are quite right – the house represents their marriage. As for Greece, it’s my spiritual home. It’s where I first realised I could and should write. And it probably won’t be gin; it will be ouzo. Yay for Greece!
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Anurag
      What a lovely, determined comment – thank you! Yes, keeping our dreams alive takes effort. I’m not sure, though, that reality bites everyone in the end. I’ve been married 44 years, and we’re closer than ever – thanks to paying attention to that essential maintenance!
      Thank you, too, for your good wishes for my Greek holiday. I’m having a great time!
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Keith
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m rather glad that particular building can’t talk – the tale would hold so many silences, each one more bitter than its predecessor.
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading and for your very kind comments. I wonder how many marriages founder for lack of proper emotional maintenance?
      Thanks for the holiday best wishes – I wish the same for you in Carolina.

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