The Final Rose

A gentle breeze blew her grandmother’s curtains.  Sophie sat on the edge of her bed, holding her wrinkled hand for her final moments.  Her grandmother’s milky eyes focused over Sophie’s shoulder. 

“Philipe, is that you?” her grandmother croaked. 

“Grammy, it’s me, Sophie.”  Who’s Philipe?

Sophie turned around to follow her grandmother’s gaze.  She gasped, for in the middle of the dresser by the open window sat a rose in a crystal vase that had not been there before.  She turned back to her grandmother, whose eyes were clear and open wide.  Her grandmother was gone.  A smile across her face.

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This is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly 100-word challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The photo to inspire our creativity this week was provided by Dale Rogerson.

If you would like to join in and write your own story, or if you would like read the stories of others from this week, visit here.

Stay safe, stay well!

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    A woman of romantic adventure that she liked to keep secret! Nice mix of intrigue and touching emotion. 🙂

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    1. Exactly! She had a separate life. Thanks so much, Iain!!

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    Starting her “final adventure” with a bit of mystery and romance… Nice one.

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    1. She certainly is on her way. Thank you for the nice comment, Trent!

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  3. James McEwan says:

    A well grasped final moment, with a touch of the spiritual calling.

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    1. I like that! Thanks, James, for your thoughtful comment.

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  4. GHLearner says:

    Emotional, intriguing and a bit spooky. If I were Sophie, I’d now want to find out all about Philipe I could.

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    1. That’s an interesting idea. I like that trail of thought. Hmm. Thanks so much, Gabi!!

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  5. Dear Brenda,

    That final rose adds a whole ‘nuther chapter to your 100 words. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle. What a very nice comment!

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  6. draliman says:

    I guess Philipe’s identity will remain a mystery to her.

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    1. Or…as Gabi mentioned…Sophie will investigate her grandmother’s hidden life. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading the story.

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  7. Methinks Grandmama has been concealing something! A tender tale indeed.

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    1. Thanks so much, Keith. She certainly did and her adventure continues. 🙂

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  8. plaridel says:

    beautifully rendered. well done.

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    1. Thanks so much, Plaridel, for you kind comment! 🙂

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  9. A peacefully gentle way to cross over to the other side.
    A blessing to have been there for her. Have a wonderful weekend, Brenda.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. It was indeed a peaceful passing on to the next adventure. Thanks for stopping by, Isadora!

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      1. A peaceful road to another journey. 🙏🏻
        Your very welcome 😎

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  10. Dale says:

    What a beautiful way to go! Of course, now Sophie is wondering what story her grandmother didn’t share…

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    1. Very true, and another story in the making. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Dale!

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Oh, I like this; I like it a lot. A tender farewell to her grandmother reveals a mystery. And if Granny’s had a fling, who’s to say whether Sophie is her Grandad’s grandchild or not? An intriguing tale of origin beckons!

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    1. Thanks, Penny, your comment made me smile! Hmm, hadn’t thought about that. Another story calls. 🙂

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  12. msjadeli says:

    I got the goosebumps on this one, Brenda. I’m glad she was there with her Grandma at the end, and it is reassuring she was being met on the other side by her beloved Philipe. Such a tender story.

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    1. Well, that is high praise. 🙂 Thanks so much! I’m happy to give you goosebumps. It is true. Everyone wants someone near, holding their hand.

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  13. Vartika says:

    Your story is filled with romance and mystique. Loved it

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    1. Thanks so much, Vartika! I’m happy you enjoyed the story. 🙂

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  14. Margaret says:

    I can feel Sophie’s love for her Grammy in this, and the way you’ve described her final moments is just lovely. And the sudden manifestation of the rose! What a mystery. A very evocative ending.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comments, Margaret. I’m glad you enjoyed the story! 🙂

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  15. Nobbinmaug says:

    May we all die so happy. Though, I’m not sure I want Philipe sneaking in and out of my house like some kind of Rose Fairy.

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    1. That’s funny. I guess you’re right. It would be creepy. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  16. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh this is beautiful

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie. I’m glad you enjoyed! 🙂

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  17. A really lovely story. Wouldn’t we all like that to happen for our Grammy? The rose and the secret!

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    1. Yes, indeed! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, Eugenia.

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