A Match Made in Halifax – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda

The great lummox shifts uneasily at my door.


He grips his cap like a shield, rotating it through calloused fingers.

“Sithee, I’ve 42 cows, 20 acres, and 16 sheep.  Tha’ll want fer nuthin’…”

Seemingly appalled by his own effrontery, he clams up.

As proposals go, it’s not much; no hearts, no flowers.

But as women go, I’m not much either.  Tall, buck-teethed, flat-chested.

“No turtle doves then?”

He blinks…



“Ah’ve got pigeons,” he cries.  “Tons of ‘um … “

“Wonderful!  No shortage of pies then.”

He recoils, horrified.

No sense of humour either.

He’ll have to do, though.

A repeat this week, my muse must have found a cooler place to reside than in my head. The ever-cool Rochelle hosts another week of Friday Fictioneers in her inimitable fashion, with a photo prompt guaranteed to bring the temperature down, if only in your imagination.

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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20 Responses to A Match Made in Halifax – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

  1. neilmacdon says:

    If he doesn’t beat her, he seems like a keeper


  2. michael1148humphris says:

    I absolutely loved this, with its great imagery and dialect


  3. Dear Sandra,

    I have to admit, this made me laugh. Now that’s desperation. I’d love to see how this marriage might end up. Love the title.




  4. pennygadd51 says:

    Absolutely super, Sandra! Your two characters are wonderfully defined and completely believable. I reckon they might even be happy together.


  5. Seems you can’t please some people. Nice story!


  6. elmowrites says:

    Aw, I’m a sucker for a love story and this one is beautifully believable. I hope they are happy together, you’ve given me a smile this morning.


  7. Dale says:

    I let out a laugh with this one. They are made for each other and shall live happily on in their mutual gruffness…


  8. plaridel says:

    hope springs eternal. i want to believe they’re meant for each other.


  9. jenne49 says:

    This had me smiling right from the contradiction in the title, Sandra! As a friend of mine used to say, aim high and allow for the drop!


  10. draliman says:

    He seems like a sweet, earnest sort of fellow 🙂


  11. Great story, and I’ve not read it before! In her situation I’d have taken him too.


  12. GHLearner says:

    Wonderful. Somehow I think these two might have a great marriage. Maybe he can even find a sense of humour.


  13. Bear says:

    Ouuuu, what a proposal. Sounds like a good match, though. Hope he likes squib pie.


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