“The Bride’s Fairyland”

Copyright -Sandra Crook

(Copyright: Sandra Crook)

The gardens at La Maison were in full bloom the day I arrived with the sod. It was my job to turn the courtyard into a grassy green for the wedding of the marquis’ daughter.

My brother and I laid the rolls as the florist added pots of white roses. An arbor was erected overlooking the river where the vows would be said. The courtyard became a bride’s fairyland.

As we drove off, I saw Nicole. She was standing under the arbor, watching me. Tears covered her cheeks and we both knew we had lost. Our time together was finally over.

(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. February 28, 2014.)

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29 Responses to “The Bride’s Fairyland”

  1. I guess that there are always those social borders that can’t be crossed.

  2. K.Z. says:

    so romantic and heartbreaking. i hope in the end, they decide to run away…

  3. Oloriel says:

    Oh, this was so sad!:(

  4. Sandra says:

    Awww. Nice scene setting there, I could picture it.

  5. Oh how sad! You brought this story together well!

  6. Really good story, vb!


  7. I don’t go for the genre but would make great intro for romance novel or even mystery/adventure which I do like.

  8. vbholmes says:

    Thanks, Carl–not big on writing romance but enjoy exploring adventure.

  9. JackieP says:

    Poor kids. The world is a tough place sometimes. Really touching.

  10. Good story with a great word picture. I looks like neither of the young people will break with tradition in their home town. They’ve each already started on their path in life. If they both continue to live there, it’ll be difficult though.

  11. Dear VB,

    You made my heart ache for them. Well done.



  12. Lovely story with a great ending

  13. Very sad, very French. Beautifully written.

  14. camgal says:

    So french, classy and quite a lovely story 🙂

  15. Hala J. says:

    Lovely work! Punchy ending, which I like, and the imagery was beautiful.

  16. Such a tragedy 😦 I hate when lovers are separated, especially because of class barriers like these… Beautifully written though.

  17. atrm61 says:

    Oh a tragic love story but so real too!Loved this take on the prompt Vb:-)

  18. Oh, such a sad tale… beautifully told, vb.

  19. shailajav says:

    The pain of social divide! Ah…good take.

  20. storydivamg says:

    I take it Nicole is the bride-to-be? Sad tale, class conquers love.

    Kind regards,

  21. broken hearts…. so sad… a lovely story.

  22. Lady Chatterley’s Lover through the prism of those Renault adverts. Brilliant.

  23. AnnIsikArts says:

    Lots of colour and rustling silks and backstory to this! I can’t help thinking of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ which was set in the times when marriage within the nobility was a business transaction and adultery, the norm. I think Glenn Close might just come along and reunite the lovers, post-mariage. 🙂

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