Friday Fictioneers: An item of little value

PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

Cora and Thomas posed to cut their wedding cake, blinking in the flash of cameras and good wishes.

Mother – proud in heather tweed and pill box hat – rushed forward once the cutting was done, levered off the top layer of cake, icing swags calving on the Axminster.

A box was ready, lined with crisp white tissue. ‘For the christening,’ said Mother, beaming.

Decades later, when clearing her great aunt’s house, Cora’s niece found a tier of greyed cake nestled in yellowed tissue.

It was tossed in the bin with other items of little value.

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Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. See here to join in the fun.

I couldn’t think of a story concerning plastic boxes, but the swagged curtains reminded me of white icing on a wedding cake, so that’s where I went.

Notes

Wedding Cake Tradition. Not sure if it still is, but it was once the tradition for couples to save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first child’s christening, see here.

Axminster is the name of the oldest surviving carpet manufacturers in the UK. When I was a kid, we could only dream of a real wool Axminster carpet. It was nylon all the way for us!

25 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: An item of little value

  1. Once again you have created a masterpiece, Lynn, depicting life’s great joys and lasting disappointments in just 100 words.
    Marvellous.

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    1. Aw, thanks so much C! You’re very kind. And isn’t that just life? I suppose if we didn’t have a mixture of these elements, we’ve note really lived at all. Thank you so much for reading

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    1. Thanks so much Penny. I read that expression somewhere recently in relation to icebergs – they ‘calve’ chunks of ice as they melt. It felt fitting for the cake shedding its icing. Thank you so much for reading and the kind comment

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    1. It’s a difficult thing, sorting through other people’s possessions after they’re gone, when the significance passes away with the owner. Thank you for the kind comment, Neil

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  2. This was absolutely brilliant, Lynn. The descriptions, the emotions, the whole lot. So much said in 100 words.
    Methinks that cake should at least have been in the freezer 😉

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  3. Dear Lynne,

    The tradition here is to keep the top layer for the couple’s first anniversary. Ours tasted like freezer.

    As always beautifully rendered. I could see where the scalloped curtain and the stacked bowls would bring to mind a wedding cake. So much story layered between the tiers.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Oh dear. Made me think of Miss Havisham in “Great Expectations.” Must not have been a baby to christen, which may or may not have been a greater tragedy.

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    1. Sadly, no baby. And you’re right it is rather like Great Expectations. Love that Miss Havisham imagery – Dickens hit something wonderfully Gothic there! Thank you for reading

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