Friday Fictioneers:Family Dinner

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Marcia beamed at her children. She loved these dinners. What did it matter if she wished Sophie would wear clothes that covered her bosom more and that Angus would drink less. Peter and Donna made a lovely  couple. Soon she’d be a grandma. Her heart swelled with pride and joy. She smiled at her husband, Roy. “Love you” she mouthed. 

“Pass the salt down here, please.” A voice boomed.

Angus, drunk, obliged. The salt fell like snow from the chandelier making the two worlds converge momentarily. Conversation below ceased. 

“We have to move,” Marcia said. “She’ll clean the chandelier tomorrow.”

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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34 Responses to Friday Fictioneers:Family Dinner

  1. Yes, we all have these characters in our families, love them still.

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  2. Vinay Leo R. says:

    I think I’ve met such a grandmother! 🙂

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  3. plaridel says:

    there’s an otherworldly feeling to this story. it’s either that or i have a wild imagination.

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  4. Archon's Den says:

    Oh, you’re writing about your family??! Whew! 🙄

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  5. Two worlds here, I suspect although I didn’t quite follow it all. Love your family characters though – so true to life.

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    • Patrick, I was supposed to get across which I obviously didn’t that there was a family of creatures of some sort (little light people) who were dining in the chandelier whilst another family dined below under normal circumstances. The voice from the normal lot asked for salt and it was delivered from the top lot causing the bottom lot to stop talking. Top lot’s mum realised they would have to move on as the bottom lot would clean the chandalier the next day (a result of the salt falling.) I had hoped to get that across but am aware that I failed dismally. oh well You win some and lose some. Back to the drawing board. 🙂

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  6. Dear Irene,

    I’m also a bit confused. Grandma’s a ghost on the chandelier? Strong characters nonetheless.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,
      A failure on my part I fear. I was hoping to get across, which I obviously didn’t, that there was a family of creatures of some sort (little light people) who were dining in the chandelier whilst another family dined below under normal circumstances. The voice from the normal lot asked for salt and it was delivered from the top lot causing the bottom lot to stop talking as they saw the salt fall. Top lot’s mum realised they would have to move on as the bottom lot would clean the chandalier the next day (a result of the salt falling.) I had hoped to get that across but am aware that I failed dismally. Back to the drawing board.
      Cheers Irene

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  7. micklively says:

    Reminded me of The Borrowers: good piece.

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  8. Well, I got it! And I liked it. Any pepper up there?

    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog

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  9. Sandra says:

    It was reassuring to see I wasn’t the only one confused. 🙂 It was a good idea, and having seen the explanation, I think it almost came off. Good try.

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  10. I read enough of the comments to understand what you were trying to convey. After reading your story twice, I got that there was something otherworldly going on, but I thought it was ghosts or that she was imagining an ideal reality that didn’t exist. Either way, you got people’s attention and that can never be a bad thing! 🙂

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  11. Charli Mills says:

    Ha, ha! That chandelier is big enough to hide a family! Wonder where they’ll squat next in the rambling mansion they must be in?

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  12. Margaret says:

    A whole family living in that chandelier! Amazing. They sound just like us.

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  13. Those faeries living in the chandeliers. what a take.. and damn that Angus that made them homeless.

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  14. bobijobj says:

    Great take on this photo – a family inside, and outside of the chandelier! And the family dynamics are similar for the little people and for the big ones!

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  15. gahlearner says:

    Oh this is fun, they have faeries in the house. Great story, and funny, too.

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