Rochelle’s challenge this week is to write 100 words prompted by Fatima Fakier Deria’s photo. A serene garden scene, patio shaded by a spreading cedar tree.
The Peaceful Patio
I watch Amy’s face as we sit down. She’s frowning.
“What’s this letter Sis ?”
“From Nana’s lawyer, her will.” Amy’s face tightens. “Let me read it to you.”
” I, Prudence Otterly, leave my house, the Cedars, to the Quaker Foundation….”
Amy’s held in breath explodes, choking in disbelief, cheeks flaming red, fists clenched.
“How could she ? Can’t be true ! Take away our home.” Tears shine on her face. She is stricken. I am numb. We gaze at our beloved garden, our cedar tree, imprinting this place forever in our memories. The birds have stopped singing.
April 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Maybe she wanted her adult children to “get a life” if they were still living off of mom.
April 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm
Yes, interesting- she didn’t mention whilst she was alive though…
April 1, 2018 at 10:55 am
So sad for the two sisters. Wondering what lessons Nana wanted to teach them?
Beautifully written, as always .
April 2, 2018 at 6:44 pm
Thank you Moon, most kind. Sad and a big shock, I think. What lessons do you think ?
April 1, 2018 at 9:10 am
Great expectations leading to great disappointment. Good story.
April 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm
Thanks Jilly – I wanted to focus on that dramatic moment with so much feeling involved as you say.
March 31, 2018 at 4:47 pm
Gotta be a back story to this one. Well done–I want to know more!
April 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm
Thank you Granonine. Yes, intriguing to imagine what happened before AND after this event.
March 31, 2018 at 12:49 pm
Too bad she didn’t leave the estate to the cat, then the daughters could be the cat’s caretaker. Serious affront to the daughters. Well written.
April 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm
Thank Rochelle . I nearly had Nana leave the money to a Cats’ Home ! then changed my mind. Do you think people really do that ?
March 31, 2018 at 12:03 pm
She must have had a reason. I wonder…
April 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Did you start to imagine what the reason might be Keith ?
March 31, 2018 at 10:01 am
Damn. How could she!
April 2, 2018 at 6:52 pm
Was it slow burning revenge do you think ?
March 31, 2018 at 5:05 am
What a meanie!
April 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm
What a shock to the poor sisters…!
March 30, 2018 at 11:46 pm
Oh, that last line ties your story up so nicely.
April 2, 2018 at 6:55 pm
Thanks Alicia, glad you find that the last line ties things up.
March 30, 2018 at 7:40 pm
Nana, what a nasty surprise! Although perhaps it is what the sisters deserved?
April 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm
Yes, a shock to the sisters Iain. Wonder what they might have done to deserve that ?
March 30, 2018 at 6:34 pm
Sounds like my Mother-in-law…
April 2, 2018 at 6:57 pm
Oooh – really Dale…?
April 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm
March 30, 2018 at 5:23 pm
Life is as full of lemons as we as often full of expectations.
March 30, 2018 at 5:42 pm
That’s a neat saying – yes indeed.
March 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm
That’s a bit of a kick in the guts from beyond the grave.
March 30, 2018 at 5:43 pm
Might cause the sisters to re-think their relationship with Nana, don’t you think ?