#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 23: THE DUKE’S WIFE

Photo Credit: TJ Paris

Photo Credit: TJ Paris

It’s week twenty-three of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Artists, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired. Loved the picture and it inspired me to write something along the historical romance line. I’ve never written historical romance, so this may be an awful representation, but that’s what writing is about, right? Trying, failing, and trying again! Anyone have any pointers?

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

THE DUKE’S WIFE (157 words)

“I accept your marriage proposal, my Lord,” Madeleine curtseyed, her dark eyes smiling.

“Why the change of heart?” The Duke of Linchester queried. His steely stare followed the curving lines of her bodice.

Madeleine’s smile faded. Was he withdrawing his proposal? Something she hadn’t expected. “I was foolish to not consider it.”

He nodded. “What woman of your beauty would not want to be at my side in such finery?” In grand gesture he showed his riches. Jewels covered his fingers, swaths of velvet lavished his body and everywhere Madeleine turned was fine china, linens, crystals and grandeur.

Any other woman wouldn’t hesitate to accept a marriage to the Duke. Alas, she did not love him. Her heart belonged to another and her marriage to the Duke was as close as she would get to being with her beloved. Even if she had to steal away at night to visit the boy who tended the Duke’s horses.

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19 Responses to #FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 23: THE DUKE’S WIFE

  1. HumaAq says:

    That’ll be like living two lives. how sad! Nicely told story

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  2. luckyjc007 says:

    A double life , a dangerous life, and can not be fulfilled with complete joy and happiness. A good story conveying the desperate measures one will take to at least get part of what they want.

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  3. John Yeo says:

    A very dangerous scenario for Madalein ~ “Fools rush in” ~ A nicely written response ~ Well done ~ 🙂

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  4. I thought you did an excellent job writing this historical fiction post. I agree with the others – a double life can’t be good. It is sad to think that women had to marry men they didn’t love because they couldn’t marry the man they loved. I guess thinking about it, the same thing happens today but for different reasons. I think your story is great! Thank you so much for being a loyal contributor to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. I always look forward to your stories. Thank you Vanessa!

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    • married2arod says:

      No problem! I’ve come to enjoy my weekly posts. And I love that I’ve created a bit of concern of an unhappy double life for Madeleine. It’s great to see others’ perspective to what I thought was going a different way.

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  5. Me thinks the lady doth play with fire.

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  6. milliethom says:

    A sad and desperate way to be close to the man she really loves. I don’t think Madeleine’s marriage to this vain and pompous duke will be a happy one at all. Nice little story.

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  7. Uday says:

    I agree that it will not be a happy marriage at all. But if it at least gives her a few minutes everyday with her lover, then it should be worth the risk. Nice work and I loved the choice of words, apt for a historical fiction! 🙂

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  8. Ameena k.g says:

    Aw, the things we do for love… Madeleine must really love the duke’s boy to make such a tough decision. I enjoyed reading this. 🙂

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  9. Tastyniblets says:

    the Duke doesn’t sound like the type who would take her betrayal lightly.. playing with fire indeed.. 🙂

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