Will You Be Staying Long…? Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

Copyright Todd Foltz

“Side plates on the left,” says my mother-in-law.

Piss off.

“…and where’s those egg-cups I gave you?”

Oh hell, charity shop probably.   “Sleep well, Julia?”

“The bed was somewhat lumpy, I thought.”

“Ah… you found the pea then…”



“You’ve remembered I only drink Lady Grey?”

It’s Earl Grey, will she notice?

“Others can’t tell the difference, but I can.”

Yeah right, Sherlock…

Jeremy seems tense. Is all well between you?”

“Absolutely fine.” Your son’s gay, had you noticed…?

“Grandchildren soon perhaps?”

“You never know.” Hell may freeze over, actually.

“Mmm… nothing quite like Lady Grey.”

“So very true, Julia.”


A slightly customised retread from 5 years ago, I’m afraid.  The Muse gone fishin’ once again.  Many thanks for the ever-present, ever-consisten Rochelle, the conductor of the happy Friday Fictioneer band.


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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42 Responses to Will You Be Staying Long…? Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

  1. Tannille says:

    Fun read. Loved it. Her thoughts nailed it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. neilmacdon says:

    An acid delight, Sandra. And since I’m not five yet, new to me


  3. MrBinks says:

    I really like this. Big fan of inner-monologues.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Well worth another outing.


  5. Her inner dialogues have made the piece a real delight


  6. Dear Sandra,

    I thought this one sounded familiar, but only because I enjoyed it so much the first time around. It puts me in mind of Dorothy Parker’s great piece, “The Waltz” which I did as a humorous interp in High School. Delightful piece. I could see and relate to these two women.



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    • Sandra says:

      Thanks for reading Rochelle. I think we all know someone like Julia, though hopefully not in the role of mother in law. My own mother in law was a treasure.


  7. ceayr says:

    Wonderfully acerbic, lives dissected in a sprinkle of thoughts.
    And love the title.


  8. A whole character study in a few lines. Superb!


  9. Anita says:

    Lady Grey & Earl Grey make a great pair! 🙂
    Wonder when people will accept & won’t make a hue and cry & discuss about those who are gay!


  10. Iain Kelly says:

    What is it about becoming a Mother-in-Law that turns them into such charming people?


  11. This is excellent. I like the fairy tale aspect too. Well done!


  12. Rowena says:

    Well done, Sandra. I’d love to send that mother-in-law packing. I really liked the bit about Lady Grey tea versus Earl grey. I would say that I’m not all that fussy about my tea, but I like many others, don’t like Earl Grey.Perhaps, I not so chilled and can be a bit fussy myself.
    Best wishes,


  13. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    New to me. Pitch perfect and spot on. God forbid I ever get that bad, but perhaps I already am.

    Cheers, D.

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  14. Gabriella says:

    There is a whole story behind those lines. You made me wonder at the tension and distrust between those two.


  15. msjadeli says:

    Your story gave me a serious chuckle all the way through. Good thing Lady Grey can’t read minds. Or maybe she can? I love the wordplay in this.


  16. I love the juxtaposition of outer and inner dialogue. It brought both characters to life with just their words.


  17. draliman says:

    Ah, tea time with the mother in law. Nothing quite like it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. subroto says:

    Superb, feels so real 😉


  19. Haha! The inner monologue was hilarious and witty.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Liz Young says:

    My first mother in law had to be tiptoed round like that!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. I saw a piece on Facebook the other day (in fact I think I reposted it) that we are all so very lucky that our inner thoughts don’t show as little bubbles above our heads. You captured that so delightfully in this. Hooray for redos!

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  22. plaridel says:

    mother-in-law. either love her or hate her. there’s no in-between.


  23. A fun story Sandra. I’ll go with the Earl. I can tell the difference. 🙂


  24. doodletllc says:

    Her patience never waivers…unbelievable, admirable and sheer perfection. The mark of a true lady.


  25. trishsplace says:

    Love the internal commentary. Nice writing.


  26. The sotto voce is riveting, to say the least!


  27. James McEwan says:

    I like how the dialogue progresses, both in their own world. Mind you, I smile when people say things like; you know who I mean, you know them who lived … you must have gone to school with…
    Honestly, I don’t have a clue what or who they are talking about – more Earl Grey dear?


  28. Dang! That was brutal and I fear it will only get worse.


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