For Chrissakes, Beryl!  They’re not our kind; he’s a bloody truck driver!


Well, Claire has chosen to spend her life with his son; live with it already.  Beyond meeting them at the engagement party and the wedding, we need never see them again.  Here, give me a hand, I can’t reach.  She turned her back to him and he drew the tongue of the zipper up to the nape of her neck, fastened the little pearl button into its loop.  He lifted his drink from it’s damp footprint on the mahogany surface of the bedside table and walked over to the open French doors, out onto the patio where he stood staring out over the rolling lawns.

A sooty black cat sneered at him from a deckchair, swishing her tail with disapproval at the interruption of her nap.  From next door came the smell of woodfire and the telltale clank of the Weber’s lid being removed in preparation for a braai.

He thought back to the day she was born; his jubilation upon returning from the hospital to his practice.  He’d gone into his partner’s office with a bottle of Dimple and two of his best cigars.  It’s a beautiful girl, Walt, what say we start her portfolio with some Anglo shares?


And if that mockingbird don’t sing,

Daddy’s gonna buy you a diamond ring …

She was putting his baby grandson to bed, the words of the rhyme drifted down out of the bedroom window, as it had at Christmas when she herself was a child.  He smiled wryly as he brushed the ice from the latch on the gate to let the dogs out for their last run.  Yes, Daddy had indeed bought her a diamond ring.  He’d also bought her a sports car, a university education and several trips to wherever she wanted to go.  He’d bought her everything her heart desired and more.

From the day she was born, he’d tried his best to protect her.  She grew into a wonderful young woman and he was proud when she graduated and joined his law firm.  It was exactly what he had planned for her.  And then she spoiled it all by taking up with that good-for-nothing drifter.  Bloody opportunist, three months and then she was pregnant and off they went and got married without his permission.  It had given him great satisfaction to arrange the car accident.

She’d soon get over the grief.  And then he’d introduce her to that nice young lawyer who’d just joined his golf club.  Yes, Daddy always knows best and what’s right for his little girl.

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.

©Cindy Taylor 2009


33 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Good grief! Flash fiction deluxe. You should enter that somewhere.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have hundred of these lying about, Caro, and don’t know what to do with them.

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    I remember this and I love it just as much now as I did then. It is really well done, Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Adee, my work is taking up all my focus at the moment, so I figured I would repost some old stuff.

      1. adeeyoyo says:

        I’m glad, Cin. I am sure there are many of us who have missed out reading some of them and, even if I have seen them before, I love to read them again. The work of a true craftsman!

  3. JustMe says:

    WOW!!! I agree, this should be entered SOMEWHERE!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks JM, after the FTLOW thing I am to tired to enter anything anywhere!

  4. souldipper says:

    I’m hooked. I already want to smash him in the ear with a wet banana. And she’s a lawyer…oh boy this could be fun, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol @ banana, you cruel girl!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, not at the moment, not of this one anyhow.

  5. nrhatch says:

    Talk about paternalistic. ; )

    1. theonlycin says:

      Daddy Control Freak ;p

  6. gospelwriter says:

    Guess I’m a more violent person than I thought ’cause I just wanna smack that man!

    You definitely have a flair for flash, Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wanted to kill him, that’s why I dropped the story 🙂

  7. suzicate says:

    Wow, fabulous flash fiction!

  8. slpmartin says:

    Wow…I wasn’t expecting this story when I logon to you site…glad I waited to finish my first cup of coffee before reading… it so that I could be fully awake to enjoy each word…wonderful story.

  9. slpmartin says:

    Okay…so I’m not fully awake…”logged-on” 😉 but I truly did enjoy each word.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Morning Charles 🙂

  10. Jamie Dedes says:

    Great flash fiction and unfortunately not all that farfetched! Beautifully executed, Cindy.

  11. You really know how to get inside someone’s skin, don’t you, Cindy? Brilliant stuff. I wonder if he could wander onto the next page….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe someday, Kate…

  12. buttercup600 says:

    Wow Cindy, you are so full of surprizes…this is really good stuff!!! We want more 🙂 Hugs x

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eendag, Maatjie, eendag … 🙂

  13. Cold. The poor girl, having a father like that.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe Karma will have her revenge on him 🙂

  14. Naomi says:

    Dfinitely the makings of a novel, Cindy! Love your way with words, including the chilling stuff 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Just fooling around with this one 😀

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