Setting The Scene

The photo reminds me of a house we once rented in France. We had a very enjoyable holiday but as we left I mentioned to the owner that she should really tell prospective holiday makers that part of the house is overlooked by the neighbours.

With a Gallic shrug she replied ‘but Madame, that means the house stays cool in the summer, why is this a problem?’  Hmm…

Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Genre: Fiction

Word Count: 100

Setting The Scene

‘Darling, the Meissen table centre.’

Not again

‘We had to sell the Meissen.’


‘Mother, we had to sell it all.’

‘Sell what?  Oh poor darling, put out the Lalique the one with fairies.’

How many times will we have to do this?

‘That’s gone too. James has been ‘investing’ your money, hardly anything left.’

If I could get my hands on the bastard

She stares at me, narrowing her eyes.

‘My dinner table must look beautiful.’

We wait for imaginary dinner guests. When she sleeps, I put away the remnants of her golden days, praying she will soon forget them.



  and read more stories, you know you want to…

Thanks to Rochelle for overseeing production and to Jan Wayne Fields for setting the scene. (See what I’ve done there, of course you do)




50 thoughts on “Setting The Scene

    • Its mother and daughter, interesting tbat you thoughy it was mother and son, perhaps it was the language – that may have been a better story. The son ‘James’ was responsible for tbe lack of money.
      Thank you for reading and for your comments.

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    • Dear Doug
      ‘Beauty amidst the madness’ … I like that very much.
      There are often flashes of humour too in situations like this, when you can ‘see’ the person they once were.
      Sad affair indeed.
      Thank you for reading Doug your comments are very much appreciated.

      Take care


  1. I like how you’ve shown the struggle this daughter is going through to care for her mother, and the phrase ‘her golden days’ is very nice. I wrote about a James and a mother too, and I couldn’t help imagining that my character could very well develop into the James in your story.


  2. Dear Dee,

    My sister-in-law tried desperately to keep my MIL at home until it became obvious she wasn’t equipped. Mom is not the person we knew. It’s hard to see.

    You set this scene and cast the characters with a balance of poignancy and humor. Brava!




    • Dear Rochelle

      Sadly many families are affected and try their hardest to do the best they can in very difficult circumstances.

      So sorry to hear about your MIL, it must be very difficult for thr family.

      Takr care



  3. Two very different kind of suffering here, and you’ve depicted both very well. I’ve been through this scenario in real life, caring for a relative in such a condition. And, yes, there is sometimes humor as well, and that can help immensely.


  4. Well written story, Dee. I wonder what James was “investing” in–drugs, alcohol, gambling?? My dad suffered from dementia. He would often insist that Mom set extra plates for imaginary dinner guests. Your story hit home.


    • Thank you Russell.
      James had supposef to have been investibg his mother’s money, but had been gambling instead I think.
      Sorry to hear your dad suffered in this way, its hard for the rest of the family too.


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