Friday Fictioneers: Pretty Up

Friday Fictioneers * Rochelle Wisoff-Fields * Photo by Ted Strutz *

“Pretty Up” * 100 words * Angela Shaffer * 25 Mar 2016

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Pretty Up

Imogene is known for dawdling. Most parts of the world would label her as “mentally deficient,” among other harsh titles. Not here, not down in the holler. We’ve a way of taking care of our own, especially when those outsiders come a calling. They like to think they’ve got us all figured out – like we’re simple – but they can’t kin the lengths we go to for loyalty. Imogene heard they were a coming for her, and she high tailed it into the woods. I reckon these flowers she planted was her way of prettying up this holler, a final farewell.

 

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23 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Pretty Up

  1. Now that word holler has me in a pickle, is Imogene a fairy? a coal miners daughter ? Or just a lass. For me so many words in English are so challenging, what I see them as meaning often is not at all correct . Where you have used the word kin/ken I might have used kill !

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    • Thanks for the comment, Mike! Yes, Imogene is a coal miner’s daughter, more than likely, one affected by incest. A “holler” is dialect for “hollow” or small valley in the mountains. It should be “ken” as pointed out above, as in “reckon” or understand.

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  2. Thank you, Suzanne! I let her seek sanctuary in the mountains because – you’re right, she belongs there – I couldn’t let “them” take her to a mental institution or prison or “structured living society.” The mountain-culture has a way of acceptance that conformity cannot smother; a type of determination for survival. Imogene could live thirty years in the woods on scarcity, but I don’t think she’d make it inside institution. She’d survive, but her spirit would be broken.

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