Windfall – Friday Fictioneers, May 2022

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff Fields

Making a living cleaning other people’s houses is bad enough; having to shift so much junk before you can even start the job is the icing on the frigging cake.

“It all means something special to me,” the old girl would whine. 

It meant a whole lotta ass-ache to me.

So I thieved a piece each week; different stuff, nothing she’d miss, stuff from the back shelves.  And the job got done quicker.

She said she’d remember me in her will.

Sure did –  left me the rest of the junk.

“Because I know you coveted it…” she said.

Eagle-eyed bitch.

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Finding it hard these days to strike a different note with the Friday Fictioneers submissions – there’s been a same-ness about the themes, the ‘voice’. After all, I’ve been doing this for 10 years now! So a different voice this week – not a particularly pleasant one, but there you go. 🙂 Many thanks to Rochelle, our leader, who never seems to find herself without inspiration.

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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37 Responses to Windfall – Friday Fictioneers, May 2022

  1. neilmacdon says:

    She who laughs last ….


  2. Dear Sandra,

    Oh, I love the voice in this one. And truly, a housekeeper could make away with some things and I’d never notice. 😉 What a great ending. Poetic justice.



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  3. Dale says:

    I love the voice in this one. And the fact the old lady knew all along 😉

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  4. granonine says:

    This is terrific 🙂 I love the bitterness in the voice of the MC, and thoroughly enjoyed the old lady’s last laugh!

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Hahaha, thanks for the chuckle Sandra, perfect in tone and delivery 🙂


  6. elmowrites says:

    You had me laughing out loud, Sandra. The voice, the story itself, and the perfect comeuppance at the end too. I don’t envy people cleaning our house. I generally tell them to just ignore the ‘display’ shelves. I mostly like to display dust.


    • Sandra says:

      Looking around my bare dusty surfaces I sometimes think it might be an idea to have more ornaments. But then I remember my mother’s house… Thanks for reading, Jen.


  7. Anita says:

    Now she’ll have a lifetime to clean & then of course create her will & leave it to someone who covets it! 🙂

    The Missing Girl – Anita Sabat


  8. pennygadd51 says:

    This is a little gem, Sandra. Your choice of words is absolutely precise. Whine, ass-ache, thieved, eagle-eyed bitch.


  9. Oh dear.
    She did not see that coming.


  10. msjadeli says:

    Candid with a keen awareness of human nature at its ugliest. Good writing.


  11. plaridel says:

    it’s really hard to trust folks nowadays. installing security cameras can help keep them honest. 🙂


  12. GHLearner says:

    That old girl was a smart one. Fun voice although I have to say that I never tire of you ‘other voice’ either.


  13. Margaret says:

    You’ve brought both characters to life in this. I love the narrative voice, and had to have a big rethink about ‘the old girl’ when I reached the end. She’s sharper than we first realise. Fantastic story.


  14. Bill says:

    Oh, groan. Wonderful story and true, which is why I am forced to pre-clean for her. And the heirs are grateful that then needn’t deal with all the stuff. 🙂 Well done, Sandra.


  15. A very insightful write about the value of things for some.
    A trash item for one is a treasure for another. I think the inherited items
    might wind up at a thrift store. LOL


  16. A pleasantly unpleasant voice and it played out in my mind! Excellent!


  17. James McEwan says:

    Great turn around. The tone and sentiments were perfect.


  18. michael1148humphris says:

    So pleased that you made me smile,


  19. angelalynndale says:

    Love the twist at the end


  20. Nobbinmaug says:

    You made me laugh. I feel for the cleaning lady. I know what it’s like to have to move stuff around to dust every week just to put it back to collect dust for next week.


  21. This is brilliant. I love comeuppance tales!


  22. oneta hayes says:

    this story is especially satisfying to me.


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