MORNING TEA

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.


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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.

142 responses to “MORNING TEA”

  1. Fantastic. A combination of Pride and Prejudice and Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Oh how the privileged lust in the rough.

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    1. Ha, thanks James 🙂

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  2. Isn’t Bethany a naughty girl. Good one.

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    1. I suspect she has a few other secrets from her mother too!

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  3. Very nice story, like the classics! I hope Bethany can find a way to be happy with Thomas, and not be forced to marry Stapleton. There is more to life than money. =) I want to know the rest of the story.

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    1. Thanks Brenda, perhaps Thomas has a little money tucked away that would be plenty for them to live on! 🙂

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  4. You go, D.H……I mean Iain! 😉 A little Lady Chatterley’s Lover going on here. Very different from you, and I loved it.

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    1. Thank you Sascha, nice to have a bit of romance and longing now and then 🙂

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  5. The heart wants what it wants. …Thomas, it is!

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    1. The heart should rule the head sometimes at least 🙂

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  6. Made me want to read a Victorian novel 😀 Nice one Iain!

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  7. I hope she follows her heart in this one and disappoints everyone. The Victorian feel to the story goes so well with the pic. Wonderfully told.

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    1. Thank you Fatima 🙂

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  8. Bethany is going to have to develop more of a poker face. I’d love to see how she fares against her mother’s determination. Also, why is Lady Devonshire so anti poor spinsters? There’a a lot to be said for not having anyone else living in your space.

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    1. Lady Devonshire is probably thinking more about her own social standing than her daughter’s welfare! Thanks Sarah Ann.

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      1. Yep, that comes across too. She will be devastated when Bethany eventually runs off with the gardener – he won’t ever have a name, or one that Lady Devonshire utters.

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  9. Lovely story. I felt the heat.

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  10. What’s to stop Bethany from marrying for money and keeping Thomas on the side? 😉
    Great dialogue, especially the last line.

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    1. Thank you, I think she may have thoughts in that direction too 🙂

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  11. Great story – you capture the tone and the mood of the young lady perfectly. Gardeners are so well situated for posh young ladies’ admiration, especially on hot days when they are required to take their shirts off !

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    1. Haha, that was the image in my head anyway! 🙂

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  12. You said so much without saying much.. good one.

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    1. Thanks for the reblog 🙂

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