18/06/2015

CLIMBING - a 100 word story

CLIMBING

“Nice girls don’t climb trees!” I can hear Ma saying that now - and my childish answer, “Why should boys have all the fun?”

But my childhood was short. I went into service aged twelve, and my duties included cleaning the big chandelier. One day it dropped too quickly and the chain whipped me into the air, but I shinned down nimbly - and Master James saw me.

We were friends in secret for six years, but when we announced our engagement, James’ mother accused me of social climbing.
“Mary’s good at climbing,” James said, and the old dragon couldn’t understand why we laughed..
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This story was written for Friday Fictioneers, prompted by the photo posted on Rochelle's blog  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/. Follow the Blue Frog trail on Rochelle's blog to read what scores of other writers thought when they saw the photograph.
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Our apartment in Tenerife is on the market, so PM me if you're thinking of buying your own place in the sun. We have no chandeliers - only ceiling fans!

24 comments:

  1. This nice girl proved her mother wrong! What a delightful tale.

    Rosey Pinkerton's blog

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    1. Thank you Rosey - I like a girl who breaks the rules!

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  2. Dear Liz,

    Whimsical and entertaining story. I laughed with them.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle - and thanks for the prompt.

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  3. One up for the proletariat.
    Good piece.

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    1. I hope the old dragon appreciated the injection of healthy peasant blood into the family line.

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  4. Nicely done story! Master James seems a mature man :)

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    1. Master James was quick-witted enough to see what he needed.

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    1. Thanks Susan - it was written in a rush so I'm glad it worked.

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  6. She sounds like an adventurous, capable sort. She deserves the match she's made.

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    1. She'll give James a clutch of healthy, free-thinking children, one hopes!

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  7. Good girls, are girls whose mischief do not come out. Nice take on the prompt

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    1. You mean, girls who don't get caught? You could be right!

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  8. A healthy injection of peasant blood from time to time was probably what kept the nobility going. Nice one.

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    1. I believe that too, Subroto - there were probably quite a few footmen's sons at Eton!

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  9. A nice positive spin! Well done.

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  10. Thanks for my morning smile :)

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  11. Love the joke.. I think she can climb even further with such abilities.

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