Loved and Cherished

She takes a deep breath, exhales slowly. Doors do not shut out the roar below. Absently touching her fascinator, she turns to her left.

“Does it ever get the least bit easier?”

“Yes, poppet.”

He squeezes her hand. Nobody outside will know.


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28 Responses to “Loved and Cherished”

  1. fatgirlinboxingglovesJune 9, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Wow, Stacie – there’s so much mystery here. What is being done that gets easier every time? And is her fascinator a hat, or something else entirely? Awesome job creating this snippet of a story.

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks Karen! I intended for the fascinator (yes, it’s a hat) to give the scene away, but maybe I needed to be more obvious. The question should fall into place, once that’s understood.

  2. Jennifer KnoblockJune 9, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    You do a great job of showing her nervousness. And I like the telling line, “Doors do not shut out the roar below.”

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Thanks Jennifer!

  3. Sam MerelJune 9, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    This is so awesome. I always imagined that this scene played out between Kate and Will on their wedding day when they stepped out onto the balcony because honestly, how could it not have? She seems so comfortable, but there is no way she wasn’t nervous those first few times.

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Yay Sam, you got it! I should have known that the eternal romantic would get it first 😉

      • Sam MerelJune 9, 2014 at 11:09 am #

        As a lover of all things British royal, I got it right away!

  4. BjornJune 9, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Very much a mystery here.. I am a little concerned for her safety… but it might be my overimagination.

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Ha! She’s one of the most well-protected women in the world.

  5. Susan ShumanJune 9, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Nicely done! Now what I know what a fascinator is :-).

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      As should everyone 😉

  6. chamblee54June 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Sometimes the way to grace is not to know what the noise is downstairs.

  7. Ruby ManchandaJune 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Great writing and you coveres the theme brilliantly

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Thank you, Ruby!

  8. ArchitaJune 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Great writing. 🙂

  9. jenbrunettJune 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Oh brilliant! I loved it from the beginning and had to read the comments to make sure I was right. Which I wasn’t because I know nothing about the royals! Which makes it even better.

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks Jen. It’s so funny, because when I wrote it I thought it was obvious. Clearly, it was hard for me to really judge that since I already knew!

  10. KymmInBarcelonaJune 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    ‘poppet’ always sounds so sinister to me… Thank god for comments. Love the image of the door not shutting out the roar.

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Haha. Will actually calls Kate that.

  11. MarcyJune 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I liked this. Now I know what a fascinator is, after a grid of lovely Google images 🙂 For some reason, I thought of a couple looking out over Niagara Falls. I was way off.

    • StacieJune 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      That’s a nice image too, Marcy!

  12. TMW HickmanJune 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Well–there is a story right there, begging to be told.

  13. Jennifer HallJune 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Nobody will know what?? The hand squeeze? gah!

  14. MegJune 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Wonderful interpretation of the prompt. (I had not heard of a “fascinator” until a friend died and all of her female friends were asked to wear fascinators to the memorial service. The word now has special meaning to me. )

  15. AprilJune 10, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Oooh…I need to know more! Well done!

  16. Nathan JamesJune 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh, I thought it was a third or fourth marriage. After reading some of the comments, I’m thinking maybe I’m wrong? Also, I’ve often wished I were a woman so I could wear fascinators. I suppose I still can. . .

  17. ChristineJune 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Fantastic tale of two princesses, Stacie. It’s definitely subtle, but once I got it, it totally bloomed with meaning. Thanks so much for linking up!

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