14/12/2016

MRS JENKINS' REFUSAL - a 100 word seasonal story

MRS JENKINS’ REFUSAL

“Mrs Jenkins refuses to go to bed!”
The Care Home manager soothed Hyacinth. “I should have told you – she always sits up on Christmas Eve.”
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Alone at last, Edna sank into cherished memories of a youth spent roaming the moors, doing her best to fulfil her father’s predictions of a ruined reputation.
Gnarled fingers twisted her wedding band. She’d had to settle down eventually, but she’d always yearned for her lost freedom.

A sound alerted her. He had come every Christmas without fail for sixty years – her gypsy lover with his string of horses.
This time she would leave with him.
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Thanks to Rochelle for the atmospheric photograph and for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/  from whence you can follow the link to read how other authors interpreted the photo prompt.



33 comments:

  1. This is so moving... there is a so many lost opportunities in this (or maybe just dreams).

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    1. I had an entire novel in my head!

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  2. Helen Laycock15/12/2016, 07:37

    Oh, that pulls at the heartstrings, Liz.

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  3. Really loved that one. So very atmospheric - well done.

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    1. Thanks Sandra - I appreciate your praise!

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  4. Intriguing and touching take, a lifetime told in 100 words. Well done.

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  5. Yes, Edna, you go. Time to live your dreams! Loved this.

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    1. She's followed her father's wishes for long enough. Thanks Linda.

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  6. Dear Liz,

    Very touching story. Nicely done as always.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. I love this a lot Liz.
    Livehomeandaway.

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  8. I can't help wishing she had left earlier...

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    1. It depends how sh'e planning to leave now.

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  9. This is wonderful. There should be more, she has tales to tell before she leaves.

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    1. Thanks, Ga H - perhaps she's told allher stories and is ready to go now.

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  10. What a wonderful story! It's kind of like mine..but much sweeter!

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    1. I noticed the similarity too, Dawn.

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  11. Oh! I love this story. My favorite this week.

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    1. Wow - thank you Alicia, what a lovely compliment!

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  12. I like her doing her best to deserve her father's predictions.

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    1. She certainly packed a lot of living into her life.

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  14. Oh, Lizy - you've excelled yourself this week!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  15. Such a moving tale of lost hopes, Liz. Wonderful!

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