Behind Closed Doors

June 5, 2019 at 9:37 am 48 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 7 June 2019

This is a delicate subject that I hope I had handled properly. Please accept my apologies if you find it offensive

C. E. Ayr
Photo Credit: C. E. Ayr

Brian was sixteen when his dad died. Never a day passed that he didn’t see his stepmom crying.

Coming home from school, Brian found her playing the old man’s music. She took his hand and led him to dance.

“Oh, Randy,” she moaned his dad’s name, hugged him tight and kissed him on the mouth. Caught by surprise, bewildered and confused, he kissed her back. One thing led to another until the point of no return was reached.

“Forget that it ever happened,” his stepmom said while lighting a cigarette.

It was a secret that he’d carry to his grave.


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  • 1. larry trasciatti  |  June 5, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Unfortunately I assume it could happen in very drastic cases

    • 2. plaridel  |  June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm


      just changed it to stepmom. perhaps it would make it more realistic? 🙂

  • Unfortunately, yes, an implausibility, no. Well written.

    • 4. plaridel  |  June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm


      yes, i agree it could happen behind closed doors. 🙂

  • 5. Lady Coloresque  |  June 5, 2019 at 11:38 am

    In my perfect world, also known as the bubble, this cannot and will not happen. I read it and felt disgusted. If this was the intention, then well done. 🙂

    • 6. plaridel  |  June 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      lady coloresque:

      taboo was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw the picture prompt with its closed door and windows. i just let my mind go wild after that. 🙂

  • 7. neilmacdon  |  June 5, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I’m not sure it’s possible to explore this in 100 words. We’d need to know more about what was going on for both both mother and son

    • 8. plaridel  |  June 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm


      i agree the 100-word limit can be a curse sometimes. with many details missing, the readers are left with many questions unanswered.

  • 9. Russell Gayer  |  June 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Poor kid. You did a good job showing his repulsion and shame.

    • 10. plaridel  |  June 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm


      thank you for reading between the lines. 🙂

  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  June 5, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Crikey, a brave topic to write about, and an uncomfortable read. The mum seems very matter of fact about it all!

    • 12. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:40 am


      she must have thought that was the best thing she could do under the circumstances.

  • 13. DB McNicol  |  June 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    This does happen in the real world, whether we approve or not. Sad, but they will be carry the scars.

    • 14. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:40 am

      dB mcnicol:

      in greek mythology, the king of thebes killed his father and married his mother. when the truth of their relationship came out, the monther committed suicide out of shame.

  • 15. draliman  |  June 6, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Well, it’s not like they’re actually related. I hope he can put it behind him, though.

    • 16. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:39 am


      i hope so.

  • 17. Sandra  |  June 6, 2019 at 1:20 am

    The bare bones of an uncomfortable situation.

    • 18. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:39 am


      i wonder what would save the day.

  • 19. ceayr  |  June 6, 2019 at 2:04 am

    It is always uncomfortable when someone is taken advantage of. But perhaps the mutual grief allows for a measure of forgiveness.

    • 20. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:39 am


      a shared grief can sometimes make people commit what can be termed as irrational behavior.

  • 21. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 6, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Their relationship will be tainted for life after that.

    My go at Friday Fictioneers!

    • 22. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:38 am


      i totally agree.

  • 23. rochellewisoff  |  June 6, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A sensitive subject indeed. You handled it well.



    • 24. plaridel  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:38 am


      your comment offered some relief. thank you.

  • 25. msjadeli  |  June 6, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    A moment of giving in to impulse can generate a lifetime of torment. Maybe she could just forget, but he was messed up for life because of it. I don’t blame her because she is lost in her grief. That’s how these very unfortunate things can happen. Also, thank you for the warning ahead of time of the sensitive subject matter.

    • 26. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:25 am


      what has been done can never be undone but hopefully they can learn to move on.

  • 27. Tannille  |  June 6, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Grief can drive people to do things they normally wouldn’t do.

    • 28. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:24 am


      you nailed it.

  • 29. granonine  |  June 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I can’t even tell you how sad this made me. A few brief moments that will change both of them, especially the boy, forever.

    • 30. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:24 am


      both need professional help.

      • 31. granonine  |  June 8, 2019 at 10:03 am


        • 32. plaridel  |  June 12, 2019 at 9:58 am


          the sooner the better.

  • 33. Miss N  |  June 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Glad that this is just fiction.

    • 34. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:23 am

      miss n:

      me too.

  • 35. Margaret  |  June 8, 2019 at 2:38 am

    You show her grief and loss very powerfully in the extremity of her actions. And the son’s inability to deal with the situation also comes through strongly. Your story creates sympathy for them both.

    • 36. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:23 am


      thank you for your comment.

  • 37. pennygadd51  |  June 8, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I think you handled that difficult subject with sensitivity. You made it believable, and you showed the incest as a consequence of passionate grief at the loss of a husband/father.
    However, taboo subjects are taboo for a reason – they have the potential to badly upset others. By that, I certainly don’t mean we shouldn’t write about them and publish the stories on forums like FF, but – and this is purely a personal view – I would think very hard before I did.
    Of course, you probably did think carefully, in which case my comment is unnecessary. I hope you don’t find it patronising. And thank you for the warning up-front that your story deals with a delicate subject.
    With very best wishes

    • 38. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:23 am


      i appreciate your thoughtful comment. thank you.

  • 39. patriciaruthsusan  |  June 8, 2019 at 4:41 am

    A good story and well written, Plaridel. The stepmother had better hope the boy keeps quiet and doesn’t tell anyone as he’s only sixteen and she would be charged with child molestation and go to prison. Somehow, he should get away from her as both of them need help and she’s not to be trusted in the same house with him. He has the rest of his life to live and could have serious problems for years. I’m a realist and this type of thing probably happens oftener than most of us would like to think. —- Suzanne

    • 40. plaridel  |  June 8, 2019 at 9:23 am


      it was one moment of insanity that shouldn’t happen again.

      • 41. patriciaruthsusan  |  June 9, 2019 at 2:09 am

        It shouldn’t but the proximity is there. It’s still a disturbing situation. Things will never be the same between them. —- Suzanne

        • 42. plaridel  |  June 12, 2019 at 9:57 am


          you’re absolutely right.

  • 43. Brenda's Thoughts  |  June 8, 2019 at 11:29 am

    With every secret taken “to the grave” scars are created and brokenness begins. A sad and well-written story, Plaridel.

    • 44. plaridel  |  June 12, 2019 at 9:57 am


      thank you for your generous comment. much appreciated.

  • 45. Dale  |  June 10, 2019 at 8:22 am

    This is something that could definitely happen. You handled it very well.

    • 46. plaridel  |  June 12, 2019 at 9:56 am


      thank you for reading as usual. much appreciated.

  • 47. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  June 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    A terrible situation for him to be in. The stories behind a closed door can be quite horrid. Interesting place you went to with this photo, Plaridel.

    • 48. plaridel  |  June 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm


      i appreciate your generous comment. thank you.


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