Gone To Soon – A Five Sentence Flash Fiction

Gone Too Soon

Gone To Soon

Their marriage had been over before it even had begun, a sham actually, it was never the real thing, never that what most girls would dream of, or what men would consider a blessing.
No, this was a front, a mixture of defiance and a vehicle to freedom from restrictions and expectations.
A potential place where a breathing room-  away from family expectation – could facilitate some growth.
Never consummated, never expressed, never closer than two people sharing space, two strangers wanting to taste what was possible.
But at the end, what surprised her most, was how much it hurt to stand next his grave, gone too soon.

 

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014

This Five Sentence Flash Fiction was inspired by this weeks prompt: “Marriage”. 

 

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Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters – A Book Review

Book Review: Fearless Girls

Title: Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters

Author: Katherine Ragan

Publisher: Norton

Rating: 5/5 Stars

This collection of short folktales with a strong female lead, creates a charming and necessary addition to the traditional tales, we have been exposed to, and read as children. The lack of female leads in these stories was the reason behind the creation of this Anthology, trying to find stories to tell to her daughter, who showcased the strength, wit and resolve of women and which in turn exposed the lack of these types of stories to her.

As a result she created the book she wanted to read to her daughter. But this book is more then that. It is beyond a children’s book (which it is not written in the style of illustrated children’s editions we are so used to), but rather a reflection of the stories of our ancestors, those stories often forgotten, and suppressed, because it showed the strength, and honor women were given at one point in some societies. If you are interested in Women’s studies, feminism or plainly just want to read something empowering to your daughter, then choose this collection.

Stories contained in this volume are divided by continent, and have in addition many times a small explanation, or elaboration as a side note, which explains the background, adding to the anthropological value of the book.

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Today’s Daily Prompt asked which family member (distant) I would choose to celebrate. I would choose to celebrate the women in my family – not just mothers, all women, our strength, our contribution, our sacrifices, our triumphs.The above book reflects this celebration.