Up in Flames


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It’s a great fixer-upper…perfect for newlyweds,” the realtor chimed as I scribbled my signature.

With naivety and honeymoon smiles, my husband and I gazed at the crumbling castle that we vowed to make our kingdom.

Only two weeks later, I came home with paint and paste to find him drilling something other than the floorboards.

There comes a point when you can only repair something so much.

Despite his praying and pleading, I knew there was no way to restore this to its original beauty.

No more wasting time with tools.


With gasoline and a lighter, I make my final improvement.


I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the magnificent Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I’ll keep this short, because I’m sure you have better things to do than read my blabbering- like checking out some other stories from fellow fictioneers!

Eternally grateful for your love and support,


53 thoughts on “Up in Flames

    • I debated whether or not to specify if anyone was left in that house. I thought it might be more fun to let the reader decide! Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts, Melody!


  1. Some nice lines here… I liked the way she kind of matter-of-factly said ‘drilling something other than the floorboards’… kind of a noir vibe. I liked the ‘vowing to make castle a kingdom’ line too.


    • Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts, Ted. It’s funny, because this character’s point-of-view is a lot more amusing than mine. It’s crazy how those things happen. 🙂


  2. Love the matter-of-fact tone of this, Adelie, and the metaphors work perfectly. Just a grammar thing: “I knew there’s no way…”, you’ve been in past tense so “I knew there was no way” (yes, I know it effects word count, but…). The ending, although in present tense, could stay that way because she could be talking right now. Deftly done.



    • Hello, Janet! Thank you so much for the grammar tip. I contemplated that whole there’s past tense situation, and for some reason, I kept it— not quite sure what my reasoning was at that point. I really appreciate you reading and taking the time to give me advice!


    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such magnificent feedback, elappleby. I wasn’t quite sure what tone I was aiming for at first, so I just let the story go witnessed where it wandered. I figured it was best for her to find the strength to move on, and I’m glad I was able to get a few laughs out of it. Thanks again! 🙂


  3. Dear Adelie, I really enjoyed your story. Was the husband being unfaithful or he really was drilling on something else. If the former, I wonder if she let him know before she threw the match. Wow – short honeymoon! Nan 🙂


    • Hello, Nan! As you imagined, the husband was being unfaithful. I thought about stating whether or not he was in the house when she set it on fire, but I decided to leave it to the readers’ imaginations! 😀


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