100-word story – Empty at the Wake

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They all returned from the burial to find the marble hall laid out ready for tea and coffee.

This was the part she was most dreading. Not only had she lost her husband of twenty years but now she had to put on a brave face and chat with his family who she’d always detested.

They believed she’d married him for his money. He was seventeen years her senior. They could never understand; it wasn’t the money at all. He’d made her laugh and taken care of her. Every moment together had been fun.

Now her life would be empty.

[100 words]


This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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28 September 2018


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People are far too complicated to be able to describe in a few words so I am not even going to try.

47 thoughts on “100-word story – Empty at the Wake”

    1. It is a shame that some people are quick to judge and slow to assess. My Mum was treated by her in-laws like she had stolen my father from his first wife, when his first wife had run off with his best friend and demanded a divorce years before he met my mother. Crazy family. 🙂

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  1. That’s an imaginative take on the prompt. How sad for the widow, who has lost the love of her life. Still, after this she can shun his family – or can she? Perhaps she’ll find it necessary to talk about her husband with those who knew him well. A thought provoking story, Kristian.

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  2. Cannot stop people from talking. Sad that even on moments of personal loss, one has to fulfil social obligations.

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    1. Yes, it is. When all you’d want to do is slam the door on the world, but sometimes having something to fight can help you through, in some ways an enemy can give us purpose as much as a friend can give support.


  3. You touched on so many truths about the loss of a close loved one and getting through the funeral, Kristian. A friend of mine lost her son in his forties and she talked about hundreds of people she didn’t know turning up to his funeral and seeing a sea of faces and how overwhelming it was. She felt quite lost. I’ve been on the side of what to say to the person who has been left behind, but haven’t lost a parent, my husband or a child and known that intense grief. It was hard enough losing my grandparents who I was very close to. I feel for your character who is facing hostile in-laws at such an intense time of grief. I can’t imagine what that would be like. Well done.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Thank you, Rowena. I appreciate your comments very much. The story touched on those issues of loss and also dealing with judgemental people. It isn’t an enviable position. I like to think she came through it, maybe her family eventually realised their error. 🙂

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  4. Comforting beverages for the grieving. Nice take on the prompt, though you leave us grieving for her as well, hit both by thedeath of her husband and by the judgment of family members.

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  5. What a moving story. That moment after the burial is always the worst for those closest to the deceased. Perhaps she should avoid the brave face and let the judgemental ones see her true feelings for her late husband.

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  6. I truly feel for her. I hope she finds out her beloved has left her all the money and shunned the family. If she must be labeled then maybe the money would be some small consolation. Horrible situation nicely conveyed.

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