24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday 081: ‘The Secret of Willow Cottage and the tale of the Reluctant Bride’ by Jane Risdon

  1. Nicky Wells says:

    OOH I can sense the mystery and intrigue! What a tragedy! And what a shock to find those bones, but how lovely of the de Grouchys to lay them to rest. (And love that name, too, de Grouchy!) I can feel a whole book in there somewhere ~ thanks for posting, I greatly enjoyed this short story.

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    • Jane RisdonJ says:

      Nicky, I am glad you popped in to read this and that you enjoyed it. Sad indeed but based on a conversation I overheard about a young bride who hid in the chest when playing hide and seek at her wedding…..my sad imagination took over from there. So happy you came and read it.

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  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Morgen – Thank you for hosting Jane’s story. It’s such a terrific weaving together of two stories, really, and done effectively. Now I want to know what happened to Sebastian Nugent too!

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  3. Jane RisdonJ says:

    Margot, I am so happy you liked this and I am considering your query about Sebastian. I may well have to find out where he went and what happened to him now that you mention it. Thanks for coming to read it and for your kind comments.

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      • Jane Risdon says:

        Morgen, thanks. Margot and a couple of other readers are keen to know what happened to Sebastian and so I most likely will write his story and send in to you to see what you think about posting here at some point. I had not thought about that, great how people suggest things which are inspirational. Not thought about the book though….had a request for this piece of FF to be made into a novel. There’s a thought. Do I have time? 🙂

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      • morgenbailey says:

        Even when we think we don’t have time, it can be found. I have six novels because of NaNoWriMo where I wrote at least 50,000 words in a month (one was 117,540). If we have to do something, we do it.

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      • Jane Risdon says:

        Morgen you and I will complete one fully soon…your 6 and my 4 – what a pair! At least you are putting yours out there. I am still beavering away on mine. NaNoWriMo is a great spur. I have to work on the rest of my NaNo novel – soon, soon! Good luck with yours and also all the other irons you have in the fire. 🙂

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      • Dave Wise says:

        Thanks Jane for this intriguing story! Also, thanks to Morgen for bringing it to us.
        I agree with everyone, please continue the story of Sebastian.
        Maybe he ended up in CHICAGO!
        Keep up the good work,
        Dave

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      • Jane Risdon says:

        Never know Dave, that might well happen. I shall have a think. Seems to be a lot of interest in his POV so I may well do it asap and strike whilst the interest is there. 🙂

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  4. Pagadan says:

    Jane, that was a sad tragedy, and it still happens with car trunks, etc. It’s a good thing they passed that law about fridges. Btw, how is Ms. Birdsong Investigates coming? That sounds intriguing.

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    • Jane Risdon says:

      Thanks so much for asking Joy, Ms B is coming on slowly but surely. She and I have had a chat about a few things. She was unhappy about a few things (in her story), and so after some discussion I have agreed to do a bit of re-writing here and there and she seems much happier. She can be a bit bolshy at times, comes from working in MI5 and being in command and having to survive in what is still mostly a male preserve. We are getting there. The locked in a trunk, fridge or confined space is one of the terrors most people can relate to. The most obvious example of this is the Victorian habit of placing a bell on the outside of coffins, with the other end tied to the deceased’s finger – in the event that they were not really dead and could ring for help if they woke and found themselves buried alive!

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