01/02/2017

EXOTIC FLOWER - FLASH FICTION in 100 words

EXOTIC  FLOWER

Malee’s only way out of poverty was to marry a rich foreigner, and her photograph on the Agency’s website caught Vincente’s fancy – after one carefully orchestrated meeting he proposed.
His apartment in Malaga wasn’t the palace he had described, but Malee told herself she was fortunate – Vicente was a considerate husband, she had found a shop that stocked familiar ingredients, and beneath the trees of the park she almost felt at home.
Then winter came, and the park was buried in snow. Malee spent her days sitting by the window, an exotic flower dying by slow, cold degrees in a foreign land.

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The recent snow in the south of Spain has been an unwelcome surprise to many locals and expats alike - for someone from a warmer country it must have been a horrible shock.
This week's photograph was taken by Roger Bultot and posted on Rochelle's blog  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/  From there you can follow the Blue Frog link to read how other Friday Fictioneers interpreted the prompt.

35 comments:

  1. Not the true love or lifestyle she was hoping for. Might get better in the summer though!

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    1. I hope it does, for both their sakes.

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  2. It will be summer again.

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    1. Let's hope she can get through the winter still sane.

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  3. To be a mailorder bride i think she was better off than most... still I think coping with winter is not the best.

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    1. I met a mail order bride once - she was happier once she had a daughter.

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  4. I felt for her. My first winter in Spain came as a big shock. Someone told me then that Spain was a cold country with a hot sun. Nice take on the prompt.

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    1. Winter in Tenerife can be cold too - though not as cold as England!

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  5. Dear Lizzy,

    I met a mail order bride once. Although she was from Russia so I don't think winters in the Midwest rattled her much. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. The snow wouldn't bother her at all! I had Russian friends in Tenerife who couldn't believe the amount of sunshine.

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  6. Not all was as she pictured... but maybe it was still better than what she could have had?

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    1. She probably viewed life in Europe through rose-tinted glasses.

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  7. Beautifully told take on the the prompt. Kudos.

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  8. Well done! Now I'll try to respond, though it's not easy crossing from WP to Blogspot. Messes up my Log in system.

    We here in North America hold "falling in love" so highly that an arrangement like this will seem sad. But there's a lot to be said for commitment, too. The weather she'll get used to. (Speaking as a Canadian who sees Spain as a tropical country.:) )

    When friends from Guatemala arrived as refugees in Montreal in January, it was about -20 C and buried in snow. she looked around and said, "This isn't a country --- this is a deep freeze!" they now live in northern Alberta, much colder in Winter than Montreal.

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    1. Thanks for making the effort, Swallow. My younger son now lives in Canada and loves it. I have recently returned from Tenerife to England and prefer the climate here.

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  9. I'm sure this happens for real.

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    1. To my certain knowledge, it does.

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  10. great use of metaphor. well done.

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    1. I am sure they will - Vicente is a nice man, so he'll help her settle.

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  12. Oh, poor Malee! Lonely and isolated. Vincente needs to see how sad she is.

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    1. He does - and she needs to tell him.

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  13. Oh my..how incredibly sad.

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    1. Transplanted flowers always struggle to adapt.

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  14. I have hope that she will recover in the spring.
    With each new season, breathes new life.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Found your blog on FF and hope you can visit mine also.

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  15. Good job, enjoyed it :)

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  16. Very well penned - I especially loved the last line. So poignant and told it all. Interestingly I also went the same way :)

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    1. So you did! Thanks for commenting on mine.

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