A short story…

for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt


I spent a couple of hours this morning writing a pun-filled piece for today’s challenge. Then, I remembered a short story I wrote back in March 2017 and thought I’d give it another outing instead.



At the manor, a log fire crackled before a food-laden breakfast table. Maids fetched and carried, servants moved discreetly. 

Outside, a coachman readied a gleaming carriage for his master’s trip to his factory.

His workers tugged their forelocks as he walked twixt clanking machines, a handkerchief pressed to his face.

Times were good.


At the decrepit tied cottage, a chill wind whistled through broken windows. Five scruffy urchins played on a filthy floor. 

Their mother, large with child, struggled to feed them. Hopefully, her husband would earn a shilling today to buy food tomorrow.

Recently a child died and was buried in a pauper’s grave. They couldn’t pay a doctor.

Soon their eldest would be six and sweeping chimneys at the manor.

Times were hard.


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17 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. Suzette Benjamin Nov 21, 2022 / 15:27

    A heartfelt story Keith. I could not help but think of Charles Dickens novels for some reason. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sadje Nov 21, 2022 / 16:17

    Two side of society, opposite to each other and disconnected. Thanks for joining in with this moving and realistic story.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Audrine Max Nov 22, 2022 / 09:34

    you just painted the stark contrast of my neighborhood. great take on the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

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