His big hands would never be able to string up the intricate spindles, though she welcomed the attention of those capable hands on other occasions.

His strong legs could push the treadles faster but he adored the shapely toned thighs and calves constantly pedalling the loom gave her.

They each had their field of expertise: hers was driving the loom; his was driving the horse and plough.

His rough power, her skilful intricacy – when they came together they enhanced and complemented each other.

And now she felt that combined life in her belly: the fruit of their loom.

Copyright Sandra Crook

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.

92 responses to “FRUIT OF THE LOOM”

  1. I like the way you characterise the two strands of husband and wife, and have them woven into the tapestry together with their child. And you do this while simultaneously using the loom literally as part of your story. Skilful writing!

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this Iain. You skillfully weaved a beautiful love story between a husband and wife and how they worked well together and complimented each other and now they are about to welcome a new addition to the family. Well done!

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  3. Lovely piece, Iain. I have to admit, the last line made me go “aww” and chuckle at the same time. Not sure it’s a global brand, but Fruit of the Loom make underwear here.

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  4. You old romantic you. 🙂
    Perhaps you should read the story entitled, “How to Write How To Books” in my first book. The narrator discusses a tale called “The Wrath of Grapes.” It’s about a Fruit of the Loom (underwear) character gone bad.

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