Great-Grandfather Irving



Family legend has it that Great-grandfather Irving ran off with Claudine, the wife of his business partner, “Friendly” Bill Gervais.  He was last seen heading west in his new-fangled automobile with Claudine at his side.

Last spring they removed the old dam and drained the millpond.  Buried in the peat was an amazingly preserved ancient auto.  I was there when they pulled it up and found them in the back.  I recognized Great-grandfather Irving from old photos and guessed the woman must have been Claudine, peat-bog pickled but pretty no more.  “Friendly” Bill’s “lost” gun was in the front seat.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This weeks prompt is here and uses a photo provided by © Al Forbes.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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I usually don’t do things like this on Friday Fictioneers, but I just want to say that this week I publish a book of short stories, Seasons of imagination.  If you don’t see the links all over this site, you can look here.  Two of the stories did appear on Friday Fictioneers, though in a different form (one went from 100 words to 2,000!), so there might be something there you recognize.

19 thoughts on “Great-Grandfather Irving

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  2. Kecia Sparlin

    Nice little story. If you want to address the recognition factor, you might find room inside the 100 words to squeeze in a trinket or other token by which to recognize the great-grandfather–as you did with the gun. Otherwise, I had no problem with the peat-preservation.

    As for the passionate motivations that bring about such scenarios, no problem there. One wonders just what percent of murders are committed via love triangles.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know, but have you seen pictures of people preserved in peat? Some of them are very recognizable. Yes, a little far fetched there, but still within realms of possibility…



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