Here comes our new neighbour
‘Meya, er no Freya ? Do we know any-thing about her ?
‘Hello Freya, come in, I’m Angie ,she’s Jane ‘
‘Hello , beautiful cottage, lovely, surrounded by wild countryside.’
I smell the harshness of air freshener, staleness of the room its chintz patterns stifling the wild flowers outside .
‘Why choose our little village as your new home ?’
‘ New beginnings.’
‘Family moving here ? Just you ?’
‘I have a parrot.’
‘Freya, we are proud of our village activities – Quilting, Deirdre’s painting class. You never need to be on your own.’
Mind your own business, nosy woman—came here to get away from people’s judgements
‘Freya, have I said too much ? Just wanted to welcome you to our village .’
‘Strange woman, parrot as a pet ? She’s no saint ! Husband problems ?’
December 8, 2020 at 4:43 am
Busybodies and outlaws. You can squeeze a lot of story out of them.
December 6, 2020 at 9:45 pm
Freya certainly seems to prefer her parrot to other people! I can relate to an extent. 😉
December 8, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Thanks Margarisa, I’m glad you could relate to the story. Sometimes I think pets are more reliable companions than people.
December 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm
You’re welcome. Yes, pets are more reliable companions than some people!
December 5, 2020 at 6:34 pm
I’ve lived in enough small towns to know how accurately this is, the double sides of hospitality and gossip. You did a great job portraying their characters in a short space.
December 6, 2020 at 1:26 pm
I appreciate your comment, thanks. Glad you liked the story.
December 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Quite the welcoming committee. No doubt it will make Freya want to spend more time with her parrot. 😉 Well done.
December 6, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Thanks Rochelle – yes I think her parrot is preferable to the two women !
December 5, 2020 at 12:40 am
Takes guts to enter a small village where everyone knows everything… and that’s IF they accept you. Here goes the gossip mill!
Fun take, Francine.
December 6, 2020 at 12:55 pm
Thanks Dale, I think you are so right, I think small communities can be challenging. Glad you liked the story.
December 6, 2020 at 2:34 pm
They do have the closed community thing happening. I did!
December 4, 2020 at 5:47 pm
Lovely story. I like this Freya! Her and her parrot would be welcome in my village anytime.
December 6, 2020 at 1:27 pm
I appreciate your comment, so glad you liked the story.
December 4, 2020 at 4:50 pm
And so the rumour mill begins. With all those village groups I’d be worried I’d moved to a “Midsomer” kind of a place 🙂
December 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm
Great comment Ali – the Midsomer reference made me smile. We used to joke that new inhabitants would need to be bussed in weekly, otherwise they’d run out of victim victims !
December 4, 2020 at 4:26 pm
I doubt she left many friends behind, and I expect there will not be many in her future! For me, that would not be peace; that would be loneliness.
December 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm
Thanks for your interesting comment Oneta.
December 4, 2020 at 12:33 pm
I’m left wondering what occurred that caused her to move away and set up home in the village. Intriguing!
December 4, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Thanks Keith, glad you were intrigued. Guess this could be chapter one ?
December 4, 2020 at 9:14 am
A a new mysterious woman arrives in the village, sounds like the beginning of an episode of ‘Midsummer Murders’! Small villages have a special way of knowing, it is faster than the Internet.
December 6, 2020 at 1:41 pm
Thanks James, yes shades of Midsomer murders. Individual privacy doesn’t come into it.
December 3, 2020 at 10:34 pm
The classic little village gossips! 🙂
December 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm
Thanks for your comment Iain. Yes, they are classic and controlling I think.
December 3, 2020 at 8:46 pm
You never need be on your own has the overwhelming power of a curse
December 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm
Great comment Neil, think you are right, perceptive observation.
December 3, 2020 at 7:40 pm
I guess folk can be intrusive when you just want some peace and privacy
December 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm
Thanks ceayr, i think you are right. Perhaps the villagers believe they are being helpful.