Her Crowning Glory: 99 Word Flash Fiction

© irene waters 2020

“I need a bathroom quick. “Ahhhhhhh.” Cramp.”

He guided his wife to the toilet block worrying about food poisoning. As he looked beads of perspiration dotted her brow and her crowning glory became wet and lank.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!” His strong grip prevented her collapsing. He guided her into the first stall.

“Gosh it’s big. There’s a loo for everyone………..”

His wife moaned. “Feels like a ring of fire.”

“You’re Not pregnant?”


He pushed her back and looked. “You’ve crowned. ” He caught the baby. “Who knew the family loos would be where we became a family. Let’s call her Glory”

In response to Charli’s prompt for this week’s 99 word flash where she asks:

July 30, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that uses the phrase “her crowning glory.” (Thanks to Anne Goodwin for the prompt idea.) It can be in the traditional sense of a woman’s hair or applied to any idea of a best attribute. What happens if you play with the meaning or gender? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by August 4, 2020. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

You may be wondering where the toilet came into it. Charli suggested that we set the story in an exotic background, in the loo… and the story was born. I had been taken with the family toilets that we came across in China. I had never seen anything like it in my travels to any other place. Naturally I photographed a selection. Toilets are something that I’m drawn to and I have posted about them in the past here and here and finally here. This toilet I was particuarly taken with because not only did it come with instructions, it also gave a philosophy on life.

© irene waters 2020

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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17 Responses to Her Crowning Glory: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. trentpmcd says:

    I guess “family toilet” is right…

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  2. Those loos aren’t for me. I like my alone time.
    Every now and again you hear of a woman who doesn’t even know she’s pregnant it’s borne out. Yep, that’s a tale of a family loo!

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  3. Surprise! Glory is the perfect name – thank heaven it’s a girl.

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  4. They have family toilets in South Africa but they are aimed at mothers with children. The idea of daughters helping fathers is interesting.

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  5. Oh, my! That’s surprising!

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    You pursued a version of crowning I hadn’t thought of, Irene! Glory is a much more beautiful name than Toilet, though as a philosophy, an interesting one from Japan.

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  8. Great take on the prompt, Irene, and one you can’t revive for World Toilet Day in November! I haven’t seen family toilets but they’d be a real asset for parents with young children. I stayed in a cheap hotel in India once that had twin toilets, which was particularly handy as my partner and I both had the runs at the time!

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