10/03/2017

HENRY'S DAUGHTERS - 100 words of fiction for Friday

HENRY’S DAUGHTERS

Henry’s daughters couldn’t fit him into their busy lives – months could pass without a visit – but Madge, who cleaned his house, often stayed past her allotted hours to keep him company. Despite vastly different backgrounds, their friendship flourished.

When Henry fell ill, Madge telephoned, “Your Dad needs you,” but neither daughter came. Only Madge held his hand and wept as he died.


After his funeral the daughters descended on the house like a swarm of locusts, but Madge barred their way with her no-nonsense arms folded. “You two can bugger off. It’s mine now – we were married last month.”

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Thanks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog. https://rochellewisoff.com/ and to Shaktiki Sharma for the photo that prompted this week's story. After looking it up on Google, I think this is a Large Painted Locust found only in the Galapagos Islands. A beautiful creature that wreaks havoc wherever it lands.

36 comments:

  1. Ha! Fantastic twist. Good for Madge!

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  2. Yep - serves the daughters right!

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  3. Good for Madge and serves those ingrates right!

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    1. I've heard similar stories too many times in real life.

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  4. Go, Madge! Glad those girls got their comeuppance.
    This reminded me a bit of King Lear (but much shorter).

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    1. I never expected to be compared to The Bard! Thank you, Helen :)

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  5. Dear Liz,

    Madge was the one who truly loved him. She deserved to have it all. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. She did. I hope she can enjoy it without Henry.

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  6. Good going! Nicely done

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  7. 1Great twist and play on the prompt. They got what they deserved!

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    1. They had it coming - or rather, they didn't!

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  8. Hah! Good for Madge - love it.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. And good for Henry for seeing who loved him best.

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  9. Smart of Henry to think ahead!

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    1. He knew what his daughters were capable of.

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  10. Yes!!! I love this ending. Well done

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    1. Thanks Alicia - I'm glad Madge won.

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    1. So do I, Sandra - it took some word-juggling to avoid making Madge sound like an opportunist :)

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  12. I think that Henry made the perfect choice... and yes Madge seems to be a good person.

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    1. Thank you Bjorn - I am gladit worked for you!

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  13. He completely understood the beasts he had spawned. I would've paid to see their faces.

    I just read your reply to Sandra, and agree. It was cleverly done.

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    1. I wonder what their mother was like?

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  14. I love it. Madge deserved it, she really cared.

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    1. She did, on both counts. Thank you for commenting.

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  15. great twist at the end. well done. :)

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  16. That was great, serves them right!

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    1. Thaks Lore - it does, doesn't it!

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