Lady Devonshire was not to be dissuaded, ‘I hear he will be worth a fortune when he inherits.’

‘Mama, don’t be so vulgar,’ Bethany admonished.

Lady Worthington leaned forward and patted Bethany’s knee. ‘There are worse things than to marry for money, such as being a spinster with none.’

Bethany sat in brooding silence. She would be damned if she married the boorish Stapleton, fortune or not.

Across the lawn, she watched Thomas digging the flowerbed. Her mind wandered back to that warm evening two nights ago.

‘Are you feeling alright, dear. You look a little flustered,’ her mother remarked.

Copyright Fatima Fakier Deria

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

140 thoughts on “MORNING TEA

  1. Love it, Iain! And coincidentally I have a handsome gardener called Tomasz in something I am currently writing. I so enjoyed your story. My grandmother used to say if you marry for money bedtime comes around awfully quickly :))

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  2. Iain, I really enjoyed this and it gave me much to think about.
    What I’ve found with a lot of people in this situation, is they think they want to escape all the restrictions, social expectations, the money and they might rebel for awhile, fast forward a few years and they’re back in the “the club”. It would be interesting to track down the hippy generation and see what they’re doing now. I don’t think being a battler is a bad thing, and having the silver spoon can stop one from really achieving their best, or becoming their own person. Who they were meant to be.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Interesting thoughts Rowena, especially about later generations. I suspect a lot of the hippy generation are now settled down and perfectly content in a ‘normal’ life. There’s only so long you can survive with a carefree attitude to everything.

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      1. I noticed some of my alternative friends are now working in the money market, which to me seems like the ultimate sell out. However, there’s a lot to be said for being able to afford your own garret by the sea.

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  3. It must be rotten to be brought up so that your calling is to be married – whether for wealth or for dynastic purposes. Bethany has a tough choice to make. Stapleton is bad – but is a pokey cottage full of children and no money any better, even with Thomas in the deal?

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  4. Very historical romance of you, Iain. Of course she goes for the gardener… Money does not buy you happiness – especially with an old boor….

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  5. Love the language of this one. It made me feel like I was there. I feel like there’s two ways to take Thomas digging in the garden. Perhaps there was an evening of delights with Thomas in the garden. Or perhaps she’s really hoping that Thomas doesn’t find the body. 😉

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  6. With a title of morning tea and a character called Lady Devonshire I immediately was down a track of scones, cream and jam and a nice cup of tea. Wonderful names you gave your characters in this Victorian style ? romance. The warm evening two nights earlier was the icing on the cake (if they weren’t having those scones). Enjoyed this Iain.

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  7. Great story, Iain. I was thinking Pride and Prejudice as well, but rather about the conversation Lizzy and Charlotte had with Lizzy’s aunt, where they speak realisticly about marriage, the why and how. Romance isn’t part of it. I’ll be a cynic and say Bethany could have both. She wouldn’t be the first.

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  8. If I was the gardener I run away to America with her and make a fortune selling stories. Ps. I also enjoyed the names to gave to the players.

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