NOBLESSE OBLIGE

Published January 8, 2017 by rochellewisoff

This is my fourth week taking the challenge. Perhaps it’s the lure of 50 extra words or the fun of choosing from a smorgasbord of photos. In any event, I’m back for more. Many thanks the Karen Rawson for hosting. Below are the instructions to join in:

Google Street View of Burhhanpur

Feel free to stroll around using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

To enjoy stories inspired by the What Pegman Saw prompt or to submit your own 150-word story, visit the inLinkz button:

For guidelines and rules for the What Pegman Saw weekly writing prompt, visit the home page.

I must confess that I’ve taken a former Friday Fictioneers flash fiction and tweaked it. Originally it was called ROYAL CONCESSION.  It was fun to have the luxury of expanding it and changing it up a bit. 

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Word Count: 150

Genre: Realistic Fiction

NOBLESSE OBLIGE

            Ellen grabbed the remote, turned off the television and climbed onto Jeff’s lap. “Tell me a story, Daddy.”

            After countless life-or-death decisions and run-ins with EMT coworkers, his back and shoulders throbbed. The last fatality was Ellen’s age, a boy who breathed his last in Jeff’s arms.

            He took back the remote.  “Later, Doodle-bug.”

            With five-year-old persistence, Ellen settled against his chest. “Once upon a time, in a castle in faraway India, lived a maharaja and his bee-yoo-tee-ful little princess. Your turn, Daddy.”

            Her dark eyes held him prisoner. The remote slipped from his fingers. “Okay. The castle was called Shahi Qila. They rode jeweled elephants and swam in the Tapti River. Your turn, Doodles. What happened next?”

            “They…” her voice faded into a yawn and her eyelids drooped.

            Jeff’s taut muscles eased. He stroked her silken curls, kissed the top of her head and whispered, “…lived happily ever after.”

47 comments on “NOBLESSE OBLIGE

  • Ah, this is so good Rochelle. The witheld restraint on Dad’s behalf, after such a hard day filled with death and despair, he’s still bewitched by the love of his daughter. Lovely story and feels very real and genuine

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    • Dear Sandra,

      I’m so happy to see you here this week. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to eke an extra one out, but there’s less pressure when you’re not the ringmaster. 😉 Thank you for such a sweet comment.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • That was lovely Rochelle. Many years ago when we were struggling to cope with a serious illness in the house, the only thing that kept me sane was my 2 yr old nephew who’s bobbing head and bright smile which clearly said – life is great and i am so happy to see you arent you? I drew so much strength from his joie de vivre – in fact it is one of my favorite things 🙂

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