Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – The Glorious Gift


The morning sunrise was brilliant.

They ate breakfast on the patio.

A chess game in the garden was their plan for later that afternoon.

Suddenly, a cramp caused her body to flinch. 

The laborious suffering of childbirth had begun.

A beloved baby would be joining them soon.

Their lack of experience weighed heavy, draining their emotions. 

They felt anxious; yet, they’d been waiting months for this moment.

With tear filled eyes, she grasped his hand and flinched again.

The physical pain would soon reward them with a glorious gift.

A precious child filling their hearts with immeasurable happiness and love.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Jeff Arnold

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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 who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

47 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Glorious Gift

  1. Lovely! I never had a child. Thank you for this!


  2. Lovely post. Haha, a blessing afterward…indeed.


  3. I remember that first birth. I think you have described it well.

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  4. Nice optimistic if daunting piece Isadora, nicely told

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  5. A delightful, happy – sans labor – story this week. Thanks, Isadora.

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  6. Oh the feat and anticipation… they are in for a big change.

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  7. Querida Isadora,

    Just wait until flinch comes to push. 😉 There’s nothing like the wonder of the firstborn. So many new things to learn. Bien escrito, mi amiga.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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  8. A joyous moment for a happy family. Child comes first, chess can wait.

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  9. Labour pain is bad, still, give me chills whenever I think about it. But, you are right, the pain melts away as soon as you hold the baby in your hands.

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  10. I thought I was well prepared, but still had ‘babyshock’!

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  11. Chess game postponed for an infinitely more rewarding experience. Nicely done, Isadora.

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    • Hopefully, the chess game won’t be totally eliminated from their lives due to the baby.
      It may take them a while though as babies due require full attention.
      Perhaps, the baby joy will be enough. Thanks, Sandra, for stopping by and commenting.
      Isadora 😎


  12. Beautifully done, Isadora. Having been there three times…

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  13. I can imagine them telling their precious gift the story of how the chess game got postponed, many times in the future. Lovely writing.

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  14. Ah, sweet story – and nice to focus on the outcome instead of the pain and suffering!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  15. Lovely, glad they made the most of the last peaceful afternoon they will get for the next 10 years at least! 🙂

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  16. Sweet story. Everyone is anxious but it will be okay.

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    I read your fiction this week three times because something was standing out – I finally figured out that it was your delivery of the story with the use of pronouns.
    It had a unique sound with the their, them, etc. – and while many authors edit for pronouns and conjunction use (and there is a time to) but I like the way your pronouns felt here – it added to the union/togetherness

    from your piece:

    They ate…
    … their plan
    …her body
    … joining them
    Their lack…
    …draining their emotions
    They felt…
    yet, they’d been..
    …she grasped
    …his hand
    … reward them
    … filling their hearts

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    • Thank you for your great comment. I love the way you expressed your experience with – ©while many authors edit for pronouns and conjunction use (and there is a time to) but I like the way your pronouns felt here – I didn’t know this.
      HA HA Sometimes, less is more as in writing. If you restrict your writing with all of the grammar and rules are you really writing.
      I was in the art world for 28 years. If I had followed all the rules I would have given up within a few months. Creativity is about freedom to express what you feel. I guess none of my books – if I ever finish them – will be best sellers. HA HA
      I always enjoy your comments. You do what should be done when reading these stories. You create a true analysis of the story that’s been written. You get a 5 star rating.
      Isadora 😎

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      • Finish your books with that creativity of yours – to me best sellers are the books that follow the author’s mode of expression, not the rules of grammar 🙂 (I always like Prior’s comments myself)


      • well they might be best sellers because who is to say what is better – right? Which is what we both know – we have to have our essence.
        There is a time for succinct and to the point – and a time when some conjunctions and pronouns pull from a piece, but in this piece it added a lot in a curious and straight forward way.
        Felt like someone was standing in front of the room sharing about the time when mom went into labor.
        Or it was almost happily-ever-after like with the way you went from the now (had to scrap the chess game because labor will not wait!)
        to then the sum up of:
        A precious child filling their hearts …
        the lingering impact of joy
        and so this was “original” and had a certain stitching from the words you let flow from you.
        would not change a things –
        and regarding the art world rules – whew – I hear ya on that –


  18. I like the way you brought us from sunshine and patio mindset to labor.
    You vividly gave us the shared experience this can be and Isadora, it truly is a different experience for newbies.
    And I just saw a young girl yesterday (maybe 21) expecting this month – and I told her about the unspeakable joy that comes after delivery – like you feel the kicks, etc. – but then meeting them in person is “immeasureable joy”

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  19. Because I haven’t delivered a baby, I’ll take your word for it. 😉 … Well done, Isadora. Hope to see you at the theater tomorrow for the final act. FYI: If all goes as planned, I will post a writing challenge Tuesday evening.

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