Sunday Photo Fiction:  The Ducking Chair #amwriting #Flashfiction

Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF.


A Mixed Bag


“More old buildings,” Emily complained.”Kill me know, who cares? You’re throwing shade on my life.” 

“Emily,” her mother warned, “I’ve had it up to here with your behaviour on our vacation. You’re sixteen-years-old and this is probably one of the last vacations you’ll take with your family, so suck it up. At least for Trudy.”

Trudy grinned at Emily adoringly. She loved her big sister. 

“Greetings visitors,” A man dressed from the sixteen-hundreds approached the family.” How dost thou like our village?” 

“I hate it,” cried Emily. “If I had superpowers, I’d burn it down.” 

“Art thou a witch?” The man asked Emily.

“More like a b#%*h,” her mom said. “Sorry that just popped out.” 

“Worry not,” said the man winking at Emily’s Mom, “We have ways of dealing with either. We call it a ducking chair. If you survive being drowned girl, than we will know you’re not a witch.” 

“What?” Emily shrieked as two me grabbed her from behind. Taking down the chair they fastened her in to it. The man whispered to Emily’s mother who only grinned. 

“Have thou anything to say?” the man asked. “Before we drown thee?” 

“I hate you, I hate you all.” Then the chair was dunked in the water. 

Emily was scared. It had been a couple of minutes and her lungs were bursting, when the chair was pulled up out if the water.

“Has thou anything to say now?” Asked the man. 

“No nothing,” she screamed, choking up water.

“Very well,” said the man shaking his head. The chair started to move into the water, but she shrieked.

“Okay. I give up. I’m sorry I don’t mean to make this vacation so miserable. I just want to be with my friends this summer. And I hate all the historical stuff we’re seeing, it’s all the same after a while. I don’t mean to be a b$&@h but I have a boyfriend I haven’t seen in four-weeks, and I’m missing all the summer fun my friends are having. I’m afraid my friend Ruth, will seduce my boyfriend.” 

“Ah so the truth comes out. Very well. Thou can go free, but respect thou mother as God himself said.” The man said.

Emily was unbuckled from the chair and soaking wet ran to hug her Mom and Trudy. “I’m so sorry,” she said again.

Overtop of Emily’s head, Emily’s mother smiled her thanks to the actor working in the village. He nodded and grinned.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

26 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction:  The Ducking Chair #amwriting #Flashfiction”

  1. Lol @ throwing shade! I bet there were a few days my parents wanted to strap me in that chair when I was 16. Underneath that snarky attitude, there usually are some sad truths. Well written.

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    1. Haha. She didn’t but I would think the dressed up worker had some experience with bratty teenagers and wanted to help the poor Mom out. Maybe it’s a bit harsh, but then again the teenager will remember it each time she gets too mean.


  2. “throwing shade” that’s definitely a slang term that makes me groan. But I liked the way you used it, Mandi 🙂

    Am I the only one who thinks the ducking chair was cruel and unusual punishment :(? I’m sure there were other, slightly more humane ways, to get poor Emily to open up lol.

    Regardless, it was very well-written!

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    1. Yeah, I did consider the punishment a bit much. However, when I wrote the story, I had a feeling the Mom was at her wits end. Trying to take care of a 4-year-old and make sure her 16 -year-old stays out of trouble, which she wasn’t. Pretty much Emily really is a bitch. I think the guy dressed up had teenagers of his own and knew how to deal with them in extreme circumstances. This is like A last resort of situation and it definitely helped Emily’s behaviour change. I think too, it only felt like Emily was under water 2 minutes, in reality probably 30 seconds tops. In the past definitely a cruel and awful form of punishment. People weren’t smart. A witch would probably be able to escape, if they existed. While a human woman died. Sad indeed. Thanks for your thoughts Jade.

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    2. Oh yes and the throwing shade. Honestly I’ve been watching the Scream TV show on Netflix and reading comments from younger people on Wattpad. I had to read it few times to get it. But I was like hey that’s a good one. But I feel so old cause otherwise, I would have had little idea how to use it lol.

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