A 100 Word Story

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Friday Fictioneers

 

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Gerald was a master carpenter, his wife Mildred produced intricate embroidery. For sixty years they worked side by side in their workshop, creating works of art to order.

When their once strong and nimble fingers weakened it was time to retire, but not before they made something special for themselves. And so it was, they crafted two each of their most elaborate pieces ever. Soon after they passed away, within days of each other.

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Two magnificent oak coffins, each bearing a beautiful silk blanket sat side by side in the chapel. Little Molly stood between them, lifted a violin to her shoulder and softly played her grandparent’s favourite song…

 

 If I were a carpenter…

 

 

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and also providing this week’s picture.

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103 thoughts on “A 100 Word Story”

  1. What a beautiful story. We had a similar incident happen here recently. A western writer, Dusty Richards and wife, Pat, died within a week of each other. A couple of months before, she had predicted that she and Dusty would both die at the same time in a car accident–which is exactly what killed them. The closing song at Dusty’s funeral was “Together Again” by Buck Owens. It was very fitting.

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  2. There is a lovely “old world feeling” to this – with a wonderfully inspired idea of “one final act” – but for each other. And you’ve written it elegantly, sensitively, without it falling into sloppy sentiment. Definitely a very subtle touch, introducing the granddaughter and violin. This is a great story to read and savour.

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    1. Wow, I’m lost for words – and that’s unusual! Thank you so so much for your encouraging comment. Until you read readers thoughts you can’t be certain that your piece has come across in the way intended. On this occasion, it seems that my mission was accomplished!

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  3. This definitely wasn’t over sentimental or sloppy, Keith! It’s as well crafted as those two coffins. From this glimpse we see their entire life together working side-by-side through life’s curveballs, and then moving on together too. Inspirational relationship goals! Well written story 🙂

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  4. Oh my gosh what a beautiful sad story! Really well told. I felt like I was being pulled on a thread to the end you kind of saw coming but when I got there it was so powerful with the song. Very moving.

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