Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and forty-second piece in this series. This week’s is a 298-worder by Joanne Hayle. This story will be podcasted in episode 43 (with two other stories and some 6-worders) on Sunday 31st August.
Anna stared at the ceiling. The early morning sunshine was making its progress in to her bedroom. It would soon find her pale face.
She’d barely slept.
Anna had tried to explain it to her parents the previous evening and she had been told, with indulgent smiles, that the nerves would pass. They had returned to their mugs of tea and the local news with complacent haste.
Her betrothed was lovable Tony, Tony Cooper, a member of the local rugby club, he worked in a bank as a mortgage adviser, a solid job as befitted someone as dependable as him.
It was less than five hours until the service at St. Mark’s.
Anna Cooper was not a name that fitted her like the proverbial glove but Tony had observed that Anna Cooper Lawrence sounded pretentious and that he was too unassuming for two surnames and so Cooper she would be.
She glanced at her elegant wedding gown.
She was ineligible to play the virginal bride but her mother had dictated that it would be a white wedding. Anna had conceded defeat for a quiet life.
Her mobile phone rang.
“Hi Tony, you got my text plea?”
“I did and yes, you’re right.”
“At last.” She punched her right arm in to the air, jubilant.
“Your parents want a formal sign that I won’t desert you or the baby that you’re carrying but we’ve been living together for three years, committed and secure. I was doing it for them, not for us.”
“Hurrah, we’re not getting married.”
He groaned. “It’ll be us versus the traditionalists today.”
The serene sunlight settled on her face. “But we can escape tomorrow. Two weeks in Portugal sounds divine.”
“Amen to that.”
I asked Joanne what prompted this piece and she said…
I was reminded of friends who had been together for six years.
The happy and thoroughly committed couple were persuaded to marry by their families who cited it as a good idea and a fine excuse for a day out (and to wear hats!)
As they started to organise their wedding they started to bicker about the finer details and they realised that they were not marrying for themselves but to fulfil the wishes of others. They were bearing a lot of stress and financial burdens to make the wedding happen.
They evaluated the situation, restored the peace and went on a non-honeymoon instead of a honeymoon.
Thank you, Joanne. A great topic for a story.
She found out that winning a poetry competition at ten years old was the best day of her life to that moment!
Now in her late thirties, she has left full time office employment to fulfil her dream of writing and publishing poetry and fiction for adults and children.
She has a blog (http://joannehayle.wordpress.com) about her writing, OCD and PTSD, which has received some lovely supportive comments and an author website www.joannehayle.co.uk is due to go live late summer 2014.
A selection of her recent short stories are downloadable from http://alfiedog.com/products-page/joanne-hayle, her books are available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, and some of her children’s stories can be found on www.childrens-stories.net.
A number of her poems have been accepted for publication in anthologies by Bonacia Ltd.
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