Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Papa’s Unfulfilled Wish


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Brigitte exhaled as she came upon the Cathédrale Saint-Bénigne.

Pensively she said, “Papa would have been tearful. He carried painful memories of the war in his heart, Gabrielle.”

“Henri, why did you die before you could find peace?”

Mama had never spoken about those times; nor did Papa.

After the funeral, I promised Mama I’d bring her here. Now, she’d find peace for both.

Viewing the inside of this beautiful cathedral, it was difficult to imagine the terror they felt during the revolution. They survived because of this church.

Mama sat with closed eyes and prayed.

She never awoke.

2015©isadora delavega

Genre: Historical Fiction *****
Word Count: 100 Words

***** Research led me to the information that Cathédrale Saint-Bénigne de Dijon was a cathedral built in 13th and 14th century France.          After some background history, I used my imagination to create this fictitious story.

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Papa’s Unfulfilled Wish

  1. What a fabulous story! So heartfelt in so few words. Great job, Isadora! 🙂

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  2. How bittersweet, such a lovely tale in only 98 words.

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    • Sometimes, those bittersweet moments create the full circle needed to complete the cycle of life. 😊
      You had me question my laptop word count so I counted the words myself. There are 100. I’m
      glad you noticed how well I used them enough to leave your very nice comment. Thank You.

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  3. Lovely and powerful story. At least the mother found peace before dying. Sad though for those left behind. Not without hope though. Well done, IMI. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • I have a feeling Gabrielle will miss Mama but will feel a sense of consolation for having taken her
      mother to this place she needed to go to.
      I appreciate your stopping by, Suzanne, and leaving your very nice comment. Thank You …!!! 😊


  4. A lovely ending, and a tender, sad, but ultimately uplifting story!

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  5. So touching! You really made every word count in this story.

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  6. Lovely but sad, and yet full of hope for the eternal reunion beyond.

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  7. The ending was poignant and sad but fitting. She found peace for both before she died. Lovely story!


  8. Such a lovely, sad-yet-comforting-at-the-same time story. I almost went down a similar route then when my fingers hit the keyboard, they decided otherwise!

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  9. Well written Isadora I can imagine how much work goes into a 100 word challenge and you did it with ease.

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    • It is a lot harder to be conscise with a limited amount of words. These Friday Ficioneers challenges are good
      for me as I tend to be a bit wordy when I write. In this challenge every words has to count. 😊
      Feel free to join in … all are welcome. The image prompt changes each week on Wednesday but posting is for
      Friday. 😀 Thanks for dropping by. It’s always a pleasure to see you.

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      • I am the same, cutting is the way to go. Im doing a novel editing course at the moment and after that I might have a go at this. Thanks Isadora.

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        • ‘A novel editing course’ sounds like something I should consider in the near future.
          Right now, I’m doing and on-line photography course which is helping me to sit
          quietly while I need to rest from my back surgery. I feel like a child whose being told
          to sit but wants to run around. In time, I’ll wish I had this free do-nothing time. 😀
          Good luck with your course.

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          • Hope you are getting stronger by the day Isadora. I will be learning things until the day I leave this earth I hope. Holly Lysle has some wonderful courses and a fantastic writing tips on her blog.


  10. Isadora, what an unexpected ending! Great story.

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  11. Sad for Gabrielle. Bittersweet for Brigitte, but at least, she’s at peace. Well woven. 🙂

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

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  12. That’s a beautiful story, sad and peaceful.

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  13. A war story came to my mind as well …. and your last line surprised me … sad, yet peaceful.

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  14. A fitting story to match the prompt. Well done.


  15. What a surprising ending. Writing only 100 words is quite a challenge. You did it really well.


  16. Perhaps that’s a peace worth waiting for. Nicely written.


  17. Dear Isadora,

    It looks like Mama finally found peace. Sweet story.




  18. Did you feel the lump in my throat at the end Issy? Touching writing!


  19. Sometimes less words are better, paints a bigger picture! Enjoyable read:)


  20. Awesome short story. I like the challenge of 100 words, too. I’ll have to keep that in mind.

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