Wake: Six Sentence Stories

“Harry’s keeping watch over Grandma’s whose in the dining room on the dining table.”

“You mean he’s planning on staying awake until the funeral?”

“I doubt it but he’s going to try and look as though he has.

I’m surprised he’s not dancing a jig to see the old bat gone. She were nuttin’ but trouble leaving disasters in her wake wherever she went and Harry had to be her mender; following behind and soothin’ the waters.

From the dining room came a scream and grandma yelled, “Harry dropped dead when he saw me sit up so we need to plan a wake.”


In reponse to Denise, from Girlie on the Edge, who kindly hosts Six Sentence Stories. Thank you.


© irene waters 2018

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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16 Responses to Wake: Six Sentence Stories

  1. Oh, my! Talk about having the last laugh! I wonder that Grandma contemplated whether she’d get such an extreme reaction.
    Excellent use of the prompt word!

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  2. An ironic story, and very well done, Irene.

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  3. Deliciously dark, Irene.

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  4. I always enjoy visiting your blog from the Coffee Share posts to flash fiction challenge pieces and everything in between. You have such a wonderful writing voice. Today I am nominating you for The Liebster Award. Check out the details at https://writingiscommunication.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/liebster-award-nomination/

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  5. Irene…thank you for your comment on my Sky Watch Friday blog post re Montenegro. Yes, our cruise did leave from Venice. I think you might find my next post on Our World Tuesday interesting if you are thinking of taking that Adriatic/Mediterranean cruise out of Venice. It might not be new news to everyone, but it certainly was to me. Hope to see you Tuesday/Wednesday on Our World Tuesday.
    PS: I love “reluctant potato peeler” before your nursing training!
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  6. I guess “the old bat” isn’t really gone after all… or she has more than one life and has come back to seek revenge! A totally unexpected ending make this a fun read, great job!

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  7. StuHN says:

    OK. That made me laugh

    Tale Spinning

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