Dressed for the Ball: Friday Fictioneers

“Joan was trying to hide she was pregnant, so she invented the farthingale.”

“Are you sure about that?” 


“Are you pregnant?”

“Absolutely not.”  The hors d’oeuvres were offered but Abigail could not reach the tray to take one.

“You’re crinoline is far too broad Abbi. Why have you made it that big?

The waiter returned holding the tray with a pair of fire tongs. Abigail took one, then a second for just in case.  

“Well why?” Prunella insisted.

“If you must know. Lord Skank told me he would dance with me but I want to keep my distance.”

In response to Rochelle Wiseoff-Field for Friday Fictioneers with thanks to Dale Rogerson for providing the photo for the prompt.

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. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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47 Responses to Dressed for the Ball: Friday Fictioneers

  1. neilmacdon says:

    The very name indicates caution. An inventive way of achieving that protection!

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Lord Skank!? I would stay away too! 🙂

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  3. jillyfunnell says:

    Unfortunately the Lord Skanks of this world may not let a little detail like a crinoline to put them off. Unless Lady Skank is watching, of course.

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  4. athling2001 says:

    Wonderful story! Love the humor and the creation story.

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  5. Dale says:

    Oh, I love this, Irene! Lord Skank, indeed. If his name is representative of his personality, maybe she needs a deflector shield too 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Ha!!! This is truly fun. Abigail certainly knows what’s up!

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  7. Jelli says:

    That IS one advantage to a hoop. Forces a man to behave like a gentleman,,,, well, mostly…

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  8. She’ll suffer because of the dress, but I’m guessing it is still going to be more bearable than Lord Skank’s dance moves 🙂

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  9. gahlearner says:

    This is too funny. Lord Skank is in for a disappointment. And I didn’t know that these things were used to hide pregnancies.

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Great fun story. You caught me with the twist, Irene!

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  11. yarnspinnerr says:

    Enjoyed this write. Very innovative.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. noelleg44 says:

    Smart lady, especially in the presence of Lord Skank! I would think that a farthingale might be the perfect thing to hide a pregnancy or already wide hips!


  13. This was a most enjoyable short story, Irene.

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  14. Charli Mills says:

    Hilarious, Irene! Fun interpretation of the photos as well as the reasons behind the fashion tend of hoop skirts.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Moon says:

    Abigail is a smart lady.
    Wonderfully written, Irene.

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  16. James McEwan says:

    Very practical for somethings, but how does she sit?

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Dear Irene,

    Lord Skank? Sounds like he must live up to his name. Good one.



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  18. lisarey1990 says:

    Very creative and very fun.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Very creative story, I really enjoyed! =)

    Liked by 1 person

  20. granonine says:

    Lord Skank. Oh, my word. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Dahlia says:

    Smart girl! Loved your story Irene 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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