Mothers and Daughters

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (~200 words) based on a photo prompt (above) provided by Alastair Forbes. Click the pic for his site. Click the blue guy at the bottom to view more tales and/or add your own!

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (~200 words) based on a photo prompt (above) provided by Alastair Forbes. Click the pic for his site. Click the blue guy at the bottom to view more tales and/or add your own!

Janet had stared at the angel for a full hour in silence. Carved and polished, it didn’t match anything in her house. She turned it on her mother’s kitchen table to view it from a different angle. Her hope of finding a glimmer of stylistic redemption passed.

“No better,” she said aloud to herself. “I guess you’re not telling me more, either?” she asked.

The angel had been, per her mother, handed down from generation to generation when the first daughter conceived the first daughter. She at first wondered why she’d never heard of this angel but knew the answer. She came from a long line of interesting women.

She wiped it down with a paper towel and noticed ‘malum animus deus’ etched into the base.

“Something about God? How original on an angel.”

She’d never known her grandmother and hoped maybe this little heirloom would conjure memories.

“I know,” she said with her hand on her belly.

As she stepped over her mother to leave, she realized her daughter would never know her grandmother, either.

 

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Mothers and Daughters — 17 Comments

    • Ha! I’d have to see the real one that Al photographed for size, weight, etc. Some people love knick-knacks around the house. Mine are generally Star Wars-themed 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I just got home so I have some reading & catching-up to do.

  1. Ha! A line of “interesting women” indeed! Perhaps she never knew her grandmother for the same reason? There’s a lot of depth to this that I find fascinating. Great job!

  2. Yes, I suppose malum animus deus. I studied Latin a few years ago when I saw Bellum mente captus somewhere. But nowadays I prefer to use Google Translate 😉

    Great story.

  3. Interesting angel linkage…reminds me of old German heritage of the way they handed down valuable jewelry…by eldest daughter….sad ending though…life doesn’t have to be dark..

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