In the Glow of the Kerosene Lamp

September 28, 2022 at 1:15 pm 28 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 30 September 2022

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
As the hurricane approached, residents were told to evacuate to higher ground.

Adrian was determined to stay put even when strong winds and rain had knocked down power lines leaving the entire island in the dark. For one reason or another, he thought it was the manly thing to do. Besides, he got nothing to lose but life under a domineering wife.

Suddenly, his musing was interrupted when he felt Helen’s presence in the glow of the kerosene lamp.

“What are you waiting for, Christmas?” she yelled. “Get your butt out there and let’s go!”

“Yes. dear,” he meekly replied.

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28 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  September 28, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Another day, perhaps

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 29, 2022 at 9:21 am

      neil:

      for sure. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Tannille  |  September 29, 2022 at 2:17 am

    What a terrible way to live. Whipped.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 29, 2022 at 9:20 am

      tannille:

      you can say that again. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. rochellewisoff  |  September 29, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    So much for manly. πŸ˜‰ Timely and well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 29, 2022 at 9:20 am

      rochelle:

      the wife is a force of nature herself. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  September 29, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Sounds like he’s in for a storm either way.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      iain:

      indeed.

      Reply
  • 9. James McEwan  |  September 30, 2022 at 12:48 am

    We all like to believe we can outwit and survive the force of adverse weather. Good luck.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      james:

      it’s a crapshoot.

      Reply
  • 11. Bear  |  September 30, 2022 at 5:34 am

    To prefer death to wife… ugh! Great story. Very strong given this week’s storms.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      jellico:

      sometimes men can’t think straight. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 13. oneta hayes  |  September 30, 2022 at 6:57 am

    I wonder what she gets for saving his lazy life.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      oneta:

      good question. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 15. Bill  |  September 30, 2022 at 7:01 am

    Great story. Ultimately, a wise man. Good one.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      bill:

      thank you reading and commenting as always. much appreciated.

      Reply
      • 17. Bill  |  September 30, 2022 at 4:06 pm

        πŸ™‚

        Reply
  • 18. Keith's Ramblings  |  September 30, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Yes dear, oh dear!

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    • 19. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:28 pm

      keith:

      better do as she says or else. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 20. susanrouchard  |  September 30, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Ha,ha, Plaridel, fun. Not even saved by the hurricane ! Poor guy.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  September 30, 2022 at 3:28 pm

      susan:

      i know, i know. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 22. granonine  |  September 30, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Poor guy! Caught between a hurricane and a harridan πŸ™‚

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  • 25. starsinclayjars  |  October 1, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Excellent! Loved the characterisation here. Poor Adrian!

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  October 4, 2022 at 9:02 am

      starsinclayjars:

      glad you liked it. made writing it worthwhile. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. msjadeli  |  October 2, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Plaridel, I got such a laugh out of this line: “Besides, he got nothing to lose but life under a domineering wife.” Adrian’s wife is like “a tale of two cities” in that she makes one want to die but she’s also a salvation in times of chaos. Nicely textured story.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 4, 2022 at 9:02 am

      msjadeli:

      well said. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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