A heart of Stone: Friday Fictioneers

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Cassandra looked out from the verandah of the grand columned house they’d built over to the hovel she and Alain had shared when she first came to this valley as a bride. They were happy then. Planning for the future, cutting large rocks from the hillside to create their dream home. The joy had left their marriage when they moved to the big house. She could have foretold the dangers. Didn’t Alain’s parents name him to protect him just as hers knew she could foretell. ‘Little rock.’ Apart from his name the only rocks Alain had were in his heart.

In response to photo prompt by Rochelle for Friday Fictioneers. Follow the blue frog to read other submissions.

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 A heart of Stone: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Pingback: A heart of Stone: Friday Fictioneers — Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist) – Welcome to the World of Ekasringa Avatar!

  2. Now, I’ve learned something new. I didn’t realize that Alain was a Celtic name that meant “stone.” I believe it also means “harmony.”
    How sad that their marriage ended like that! Very well-written story!

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  3. Sandra says:

    A sad little tale, Irene. I enjoyed it.

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  4. ceayr says:

    I am depressed now.
    Good story.

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    Very nice if a little depressing. Have you done many Friday Fictioneers? I don’t remember seeing you participating much, but perhaps it’s just my memory slipping.

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  6. gahlearner says:

    It so often happens that things that count, like love and compassion, get lost when upgrading becomes the focus. Great, but sad story.

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  7. Love was more deeply entrenched when the trappings were simpler. How brilliant to tell a story based on the prescient meaning of the characters’ names. Seems they weren’t meant for each other after all. You are great at these tiny stories, Irene.

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  8. Agree with Sharon—it takes a particular talent to excel at this genre. You do! I always enjoy them, Irene.

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  9. Sherri says:

    Oh dear…seems ‘LIttle Rock’ did not live up to his name. Another great flash Irene, I love these!

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  10. Oh dear… how sad it is when we achieve it all the heart was just of stone…. loved how you used the stone as metaphor

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  11. Dear Irene,

    Sad story…people change and so do relationships. Nicely done. It does give me pause, since Rochelle means “the little rock.” Hm?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  12. wmqcolby says:

    Oh, this was great! The metaphors, especially about the rocks in the heart. Very rich for a 100 word story. You did an awesome job, Irene!

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  13. Sad story, Irene, but not uncommon. The man’s business has taken over and left little or no room for his family in his heart. He thinks the money is enough. Well done. I felt her heartache. —- Suzanne

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  14. Margaret says:

    Sad ending for them. Nice use of the ‘rock’ idea in the names and to portray Alain’s character. Great use of the prompt.

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  15. Dahlia says:

    Had to look up the meanings of Alain and Cassandra 🙂 A neat little tale – sad and occurs often enough. Thanks!

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