Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Inside the Chapel

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers uses a picture prompt and asks for stories between 75-175 words.

This picture
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Inspired my story:

The brothers stood as sentinels lined up next to their father. His daughter’s Heather and Amy sat in silence witnessing the grave ceremony. They could hardly believe their father was up there. The preacher, waved a blessing and Heather felt the bile rise in her throat. She looked at her sister who grabbed her hand to silence her. “He’s a grown man, and has made his decision” Amy whispered. She saw her aunt give her a sad smile.

Everyone knew. Everyone knew her father was not in love with this woman and yet he was marrying her. It went against everything he had taught her growing up but Heather loved her father. They all loved their father. The only wanted him to be happy and so when the cleric suggested they bow their heads and pray, they did.

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Inside the Chapel

  1. Great story Dawn! I can feel the disappointment and disgust in the girls toward their father marrying this woman he doesn’t love. You really got that across. I guess a lot of marriages are marriages of convenience, and this must be one.

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  2. It would be interesting to speculate as to why their father is marrying a woman he doesn’t love. There are probably umpteen possibilities here. I can feel sorry for his children, and admire the way they put on a brave face because they just want him to be happy. Lovely last sentence.

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  3. I wonder why he is marrying someone he does not love? Is it an arranged marriage?
    Interesting story and take on the prompt.

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