4 August 2017

Published August 2, 2017 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100


            Linda sat at Bridgette’s kitchen table and pointed at two floral arrangements. “Who are they from?”

            Bridgette’s aquamarine eyes sparkled. “One’s from Noah and the other’s from Frank.”

            Even in her late 40’s Bridgette maintained her slender form and vibrant red hair.

            “You’re such a femme fatale.” Linda sighed and gulped her espresso. “Me? I’m just fatal.”           

            “Nonsense, ma chère! You’re adorable. I just haven’t found my Prince Charming like you. I’m jealous. You have it all.”

            Linda fingered the crumpled divorce papers in her pocket served by her adulterous Prince Charming that morning. “Yes, I’ve certainly had it…all.”

130 comments on “4 August 2017

    • Dear Gabriele,

      We all have our own perspectives, don’t we? I’m reminded of a conversation I had not too long ago with my older brother. I was sharing with him all of the things going on in my life, ie the books and artwork. He cocked his head and said, “You got all of the talent, I didn’t get any of that.” And I always felt like I lived in his shadow because he was the intellectual. We learned a great deal about each other that day.

      Thank you.



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  • Love this. This mother’s day I sent my mom a ludicrously enormous bouquet from her local florist, signing the card “With love from one of your sons.” She called to thank me. I asked her how she knew and she said “Your brother’s always says ‘thanks for giving birth to me.” I didn’t need to ask which bouquet was nicer! 😉

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  • Prince Charmings often turn back into frogs over time I find and no amount of kissing will turn them back! Lovely dialogue – very fresh and natural – and a sad twist at the end there. A sad end to the Fairy tale.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Ms. Tracey better be happy you chose this pic! 😉

    As for your story: perfect take. One NEVER knows what’s going on in another’s life. For so many it’s smoke and mirrors… even for Miss Femme Fatale!

    Lots love,



  • So sorry for her! Just when it seems like she’s doing well in the end, she isn’t. I’ve noted though, that very attractive women like Bridgette aren’t necessarily luckier. They may have more temporary successes, but they also have more failures. Great story, Rochelle!

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  • Yes, very thought provoking… you could almost call it a story about loneliness … femme fatales are still looking, and it sounds as though the other protagonist may start looking too…and we all need perspective … on our lives and everyone else’s… so many things going on in this brief hundred words… very clever, Rochelle…

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    • Dear Valerie,

      What a pleasure to welcome you to my corner of the blogosphere. Thank you for such a wonderful comment. You made me smile. Something I’m very much in need of at the moment.




  • You packed quite a punch in these 100 days. A lot happened around an espresso, isn’t it? And what wonderful dialogues here. Rochelle, there never can be a dull moment when reading your sweet little stories. Loved this to the maximum.

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    • Dear Neel,

      When I corrected your spelling of espresso, I’d completely forgotten that someone drank espresso in my story as well. Great minds think alike. 😉 Thank you for such a lovely comment.




  • Dear JD Rockefeller W(T)F,

    Linda WILL have it all after her lawyer takes Prince Charming to the cleaners. What will his mistress think of him then?

    Judging from Bridgette’s bouquets, I’d say there’s quite a bit of difference between Frank and Noah. Did they bring chocolate too?

    Just the facts, ma’am,
    Detective Lowry

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    • Dear Detective Lowry,

      Always sniffing out pertinent information, aren’t you? A man who’s worth his keep always brings chocolate and wine.

      I do agree. Once Linda takes her prince to the cleaners he’ll have to rent out his castle.

      Thank you for coming by. Leave your flowers and chocolate on the way out.


      JD Rockefeller W(T)F

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  • Dear Rochelle

    Great dialogue. Your story demonstrates how easy it is to put your foot in it inadvertently, with a few badly timed words. I bet that Bridgette felt like kicking herself later for her lack of tact.

    It’s a sensitive path one walks sometimes and jealousy can prove a very sharp sword indeed.

    Well written, as always.

    All best wishes,

    PS Skyping might be a possibility for me tomorrow, if you’re around. I might be talking too soon that I’ve more or less caught up with myself now, but… (shhh, the work gremlins might hear me).

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  • Dear Rochelle


    Another lovely story from your fingers, it is so interesting that your story’s theme was the same as mine published on The Drabble a few days ago. I choose rage as the reaction, whereas yours is so sedate, no less real, just a different take from over the other side of the pond were divorce is as much a way of life as getting married. Of course, now some shrewd reader will quote numbers disclaiming my claim.

    Thanks for posting, such charmingly sparring dialogue, a hallmark of yours me thinks.


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  • Hi Rochelle,

    Got my Echo Delta India Tango Oscar Romeo hat on. Victor India Bravo Romeo Alpha November Tango in place of the twelfth word in third paragraph. IKWYM as written, but even a single vivacious hair can clang and from such tiny things are readers thoughts derailed.



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  • Good afternoon Rochelle, I love the ending of your story, it makes it complete and unique. Everything is a matter of perspective, isn’t it? None of us really knows what is going on in others’ lives. Our imaginations often lead us to assume things, if we don’t move on to inquire.
    Great story 🙂

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  • The reality is so often different from what it appears! I love stories which show a different perspective – they teach me to be less judgemental and impatient. Thank you for another lesson 🙂

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Well written as always. The grass is seldom greener and we never really know what is going on in someone else’s life.

    ‘Walk a mile in my shoes,’ as the song says…

    Take care

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