Sunday Photo Fiction: The Exception #amwriting #flashfiction #history

Thanks to Alastair Forbes for holding this week’s SPF. 


Credit: A Mixed Bag


The White Horse is a popular bar and inn for tourists to stay at while visiting museums and decaying buildings in town. 

Many old ones have been restored in the style of their time period. However, some buildings have rotted away. These past glories are left in ruin because they cannot be torn down as historical sites. 

Although some people wish to restore these ancient buildings, the process of doing this correctly, with trades who are trained in forgotten skills, is frustrating. As well, there are a plethora of permits needed from the city, county, and state, along with, random inspections.

Architects and knowledgable art history professors complain, saying that the quality of work by rare trades is not accurate. Or perhaps, they say the right materials have not been used, despite these materials now being nonexistent. But few so-called experts understand that the price paid for not restoring ancient buildings is having them collapse, having history disappear. 

The White Horse, however, is an exception to such procedures. The popular bar and inn has been passed down from generations of family since the thirteen-hundreds. Over time, the same lineage has updated the bar and inn through each successive family. The building  contains upgrades from the fourteenth century until early 2010. 

For some reason, there isn’t much any government official or anyone else, can say about this. The same family line has lived here for over seven-hundred-years, having always owned the bar and inn. Can the state and historical societies reprimand them now? Not likely. 


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 


14 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: The Exception #amwriting #flashfiction #history

  1. JoAnna July 12, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I love all these textures.The picture seems to show two buildings – one white and one beige with stones and ivy on the side. Wondering if the same family owns both.

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    • mandibelle16 July 12, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      I’m not sure. It’s from a flash fiction photo prompt. The short history of the family was mostly fiction based on a few facts. Thanks for reading 🙂

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      • JoAnna July 12, 2017 / 6:44 pm

        You did such a good job, I believed all of it! 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 July 13, 2017 / 1:23 am

        Lol. Thank you. Funny enough a lot of history is Emuch more literature than actual history. For instance, you didn’t want to write badly about most monarchs when they were alive so a lot of liberty might be taken in describing them. Thanks again 🙂

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  2. patriciaruthsusan July 15, 2017 / 7:30 am

    It sounds like the family has prominence in the city. It’s good at least something is being saved despite all the red tape. Good writing, Mandi. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • mandibelle16 July 15, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks Patricia. I would hope they did or at least Prominence enough having lived/worked in a building for generations 🙂

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  3. michael1148humphris July 15, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Such a insightful story, history should always live,

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  4. Sunday Fiction July 26, 2017 / 4:39 am

    I wonder if the family are actually vampires which is why they are able to keep them in the same family for so many centuries.

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    • mandibelle16 July 26, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Do you know I wasn’t even thinking of that but it’s a fascinating idea for sure. I was just thinking they were very careful where marriages were concerned and who the inn was passed down to down the line. The situation being extremely rare — especially when the plague came lol.

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    • mandibelle16 July 26, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks for reading Al. I’m
      A bit behind (as I have been all summer). But I intend to catch up 🙂

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      • Sunday Fiction July 28, 2017 / 10:21 am

        I dropped further behind with my reading of the stories but I am trying to catch up even if it is slow, I am getting there.

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