Blessings – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

We never knew how Uncle Dan got his money, but he made sure we knew how he spent it.

You’d have thought my father would be jealous, but not him;  he’d just smile, slip an arm round my mother’s waist and talk about blessings from heaven.  I’d watch my mother’s face though, and understood, even then, that she didn’t feel altogether blessed.

In time, we learned that Uncle Dan took whatever he wanted, when he wanted.

And he just hadn’t wanted what my father had.

But then he did.

It was the last thing he ever took though.

A blessing, really.

Late to the party this week; my brain was as foggy as the surrounding countryside.  Thanks to Rochelle, as always,  for leading the Friday Fictioneers through the winter weather. 

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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69 Responses to Blessings – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

  1. Last four lines told so much, loved it.


  2. That’s the real treasure, isn’t it? Well told.


  3. Dear Sandra,

    Dry and subtle. I guess Dad taught Uncle Dan a final lesson. The last line says so much about how the narrator felt about Uncle Dan. Excellent writing despite the fog.




  4. Al says:

    Whoops. A step too far methinks.


  5. neilmacdon says:

    I’m guessing he’s Uncle Dan’s kid. Great work as always, Sandra


  6. The sting in the tail….


  7. gravadee says:

    The last line was beautiful

    There is a “Letter Writing Challenge” starting from the 30th of January. It would be amazing if you could participate.
    Here is the link for the challenge


  8. Subtle and so very well told.


  9. ceayr says:

    Every week I read your story, every week I am awestruck, and every week I wonder how you can possibly say so much in so few words.
    I am heading out to find some fog, see if it can elevate me in the same way!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Iain Kelly says:

    A family saga of intrigue in 100 words, it has it all – money, jealousy, death. Well done.


  11. michael1148humphris says:

    Uncle Dan does not sound like a nice guy. I’m in the fog as to what happened to him.🤔


  12. Dale says:

    I love that you make me have to think and reread your story… brilliant


  13. Oh my. That’s painful to read. Well done as always, Sandra.


  14. Lynn Love says:

    What a charmer Uncle Dan sounds! I know folk like this – just take what they want when they want and they convince themselves that they’re doing something acceptable because it suits them – it’s a disturbing psychology.
    Deftly told with great subltety. Wonderful

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  15. wmqcolby says:

    Sounded like he gained the whole world and lost his own soul. More like forfeited it.

    Super, Sandra!


  16. paulmclem says:

    You always challenge the reader, Sandra, even on a foggy day. So many ways to take the ending 🙂


  17. James says:

    I have a feeling Uncle Dan came to a bad end.


  18. HonieBriggs says:

    Wow! A gut check with this one, Sandra. Felt it down to my socks!


  19. Brilliant. Money couldn’t buy Uncle Dan happiness but then again happiness couldn’t keep the old girl home either.


  20. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Wow, there is so much in this story but I agree the last four lines say it all.


  21. Oh, so much left to the imagination! Good one.


  22. plaridel says:

    i think uncle dan got what he deserved. 🙂


  23. rgayer55 says:

    Sometimes we think we can’t live without something—until we get it. The grass may be greener, but you still have to mow it.

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  24. Liz Young says:

    Dan went one step too far – nicely done!


  25. Takers take until someone stops them. Well told.


  26. Oops loads of hidden meaning!
    Guess he finally took her!
    Hope he didn’t succeed in taking his father’s peace!


  27. Michael Wynn says:

    Uncle Dan got his comeuppance, shame he’d managed to take so much though and just whenever he wanted it. He doesn’t sound a nice man at all.


  28. Thank you for another well told tale 🙂
    – Lisa


  29. A sort of Cain and Abel story? Great finish.


  30. Oh my, not a nice man this brother Dan. I could feel your characters anger at in the last few lines.
    Nicely done, Sandra, as always.
    Isadora 😎


  31. Dahlia says:

    Many layers to this story – I thought the mother was worse than Dan..


  32. draliman says:

    Nice. Guess Uncle Dan finally went too far.


  33. I hope the tables turned. What we get sometimes turns out to be what we shouldn’t have. Excellent writing, Sandra. 🙂 — Suzanne


  34. Uncle Dan doesn’t strike me as a very nice man! Sounds like he got his just desserts though!


  35. You stirred up quite a bit of emotion in so few words. That’s a story!


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