THE BRIDE’S PARENTS

Agnes was getting all the sympathy.

Each friend that popped round to see her with flowers and fruit and chocolates gave Archie the same look – a shake of the head, a sigh and raised eyebrows.

True, Agnes had her ankle strapped up and needed crutches to get around (although Archie was sure she was milking that).

No one cared about his bruised toes and ankles, or the pain in his back every time he stood up, or the scratches on his back and neck. He was convinced he’d slipped a disc.

It was a miracle no one else on the dance floor had been injured.


Copyright Susan Eames

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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.

Read more Agnes and Archie stories HERE.


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64 responses to “THE BRIDE’S PARENTS”

  1. Sounds like he’s due more sympathy than he’s getting. This could turn nasty with Agnes afterwards

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    1. Just a little bit of sympathy is all he’s looking for. Deep down Agnes knows she was just as much at fault as he was! Thanks Neil

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  2. Laughing.
    It’s murder on the dance floor.
    Apart from that, how did Archie enjoy the wedding?

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    1. He was having a rare old time up until that fatal moment on the dance floor! Thanks CE

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  3. Maybe Archie should get himself a back brace, that will get him more sympathy 🙂

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    1. Haha, good thinking! I will suggest it to him! 😉

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  4. The visible injuries get more sympathy.

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  5. I think that might have been a dance to remember, by the sound of it. I expect watching it was equally memorable.

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    1. The wedding video is a treat! Thanks Sandra 🙂

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  6. Dear Iain,

    Fiction mirrors true life here. My best friend broke her ankle a couple of months ago dancing at her daughter’s wedding. So I had a good laugh at your story. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle! I hope your friend is recovering and her daughter is still talking to her! 😉

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      1. Yes she is and yes shg is. 😉

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  7. Excellent punch line, Iain! Made me laugh.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you Susan, glad it gave you a chuckle 🙂

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  8. Nothing worse than a faker. Poor Archie.

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    1. He’s plotting a way to get back at her 😉

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  9. Bad accident on a big day.
    Hope they get well and ready to dance soon 🙂

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  10. Once again you caught me with a devastating last line. 😄

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    1. Thanks Eugenia, glad you liked it 🙂

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  11. So with all the pain, why am I laughing?

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    1. Sometimes it’s best to laugh at it all! Thanks Linda

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  12. Most remember their first dance for the song that played – not in their case though!

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    1. It’s certainly memorable! Thanks Keith 🙂

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  13. Talkin’ ’bout my ge-neration! Yes, we DO dance like a frog in a blender (assuming the bride’s parents were the perps 😂)

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    1. Oh yeah, best to let the inhibitions go – but not too far that injury follows! 😉

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  14. Faking it to making it, what say? Things turn around on the dance floor. Kelly.

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    1. Sometimes more than they should! Thanks Neel

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  15. Poor Archie, he’ll just have to suffer in silence, it looks like everyone has made their minds up who was at fault.

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    1. Perhaps he’s learned that suffering in silence is the best way to deal with Agnes! Thanks James.

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  16. LOL! The dance-floor version of the weekend warrior, eh? 🙂 Well done fun!

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    1. A good name for the dance they were trying at the time! Thanks 🙂

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      1. 🙂 Yeah … ouch, though …

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  17. Excellent! You got me with that last line.

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    1. Glad it got you! Cheers 🙂

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  18. sounds like somebody who lost in the last u.s. presidential election. at least, he kept his sufferings it to himself unlike the latter. 🙂

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  19. Teehee! Loved the humour of your story, Iain! That’s a super last line!

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    1. Thanks so much Penny! 🙂

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  20. A twist — literal and figurative — that has me laughing.

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  21. With the looks he’s getting, I can’t help thinking he tried something quite advanced he’d seen on Strictly 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, we all think ‘I could do that’, don’t we!!

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  22. The last line made me chuckle. It sounds like there was an almighty collision on the dance floor.

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    1. It might not be only these two that left with injuries! Thanks Michael

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  23. Poor Archie missing out on the sympathetic attention. I’m curious however about the raised eyebrows. Was this in fact a dance floor collision or something else? Good story Iain.

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    1. You think it might have been deliberate?! That’s an interesting twist! 🙂

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  24. Dancing can be a dangerous pastime, I can well remember the times that I called in at my local dance venues,

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    1. Best to steer clear of the dancefloors as we get older Mike! 🙂

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  25. Haha! A night to remember, for sure. Now Archie needs to add some “props” so he can get some sympathy, too!

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    1. Good idea, he might borrow a crutch from Agnes!!

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  26. There’s always at least one at any party. Well done.

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    1. Thank you – funny how everyone seems to know someone like this! 😉

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  27. I suppose two left feet could be the answer to those falls.
    Dance lessons, perhaps??? LOL
    This was a cute tale, Iain. Have a great weekend … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Haha, I think they’re beyond lessons! Thanks Isadora, hope you are safe and well 🙂

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  28. Oh my… There is definitely more to this story, but I think we get the gist of it. Fun story!

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  29. Hahahaha oh dear. They sound a bit like a klutzy couple! Love the humor here

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