Those Who Knew Her

She hadn’t expected a fanfare, nor a parade. Like most who pass through life, she’d thought those who knew her would attend: Mr. Partridge, her under-neighbor; Mrs. Tolk with the annoying parrot next-door; even cranky Mr. Ky, who delivered her groceries.

“None of them,” she said in a church whisper.

As the pastor’s words echoed round the empty room, she felt an empty hand pat her incorporeal arm. One other soul attended. “I’m sorry,” Clarence commiserated. He gave her a smile.

Miss Wonderly murmured, “Thank you,” softly as before and sat down on the edge of the chair’s wooden seat.

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100 words for Kristian’s 50 Word Thursday Prompt.

Miss Wonderly murmured, “Thank you,” softly as before and sat down on the edge of the chair’s wooden seat.” – The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett.

 

©2019 Chelsea Owens

20 thoughts on “Those Who Knew Her

  1. H.R.R. Gorman August 11, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    Clarence, church whispers, etc… wow, this plays on a whole lot of experiences and allusions in such a short space!

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  2. petespringerauthor August 11, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    I sure hope this doesn’t happen to anyone. Can you imagine the heartbreak for the family if no one showed?

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    • Chelsea Owens August 11, 2019 / 8:39 pm

      She didn’t even have family. 😦

      I attended a funeral for an acquaintance last year, who had five children, and the room was barely full. More recently, I attended a former music teacher’s program, and we overflowed.

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      • talesfromthemindofkristian August 14, 2019 / 1:00 am

        I am going to hand over the baton to a blogging pal of mine, Deb Whittam, who is going to host this weeks challenge, she was the originator of the 50 word thursday’s so it’s great she is going to do them again. We are going to alternate. Hopefully she’ll pick a jollier theme this week. 😉

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