Wednesday 23 February 2011

Magpie Tales #54 A marriage made in heaven

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Her life felt disjointed, like a jigsaw badly cut from cheap cardboard, the pieces difficult to fit together. He felt helpless but did not sympathise. She could not make herself understood. He didn’t know what to say. Her words came out jumbled and incoherent. He asked her to repeat. She offended unintentionally, was hurt when he grew angry. He asked questions. She answered. He doubted. She wept. He shouted.

Perhaps, after all, theirs was not the fairy-tale romance everyone had assumed it to be. Their backgrounds were too dissimilar and love could not overcome all. He had grown up with great privilege, the product of centuries of breeding, a true pedigree, one might say. She was newly come to riches and of modest lineage.

The parents shook their heads and decided that the marriage should not take place. Too late! The plans were already afoot, the cameras set to roll, and so bride and groom met at the altar and pledged their troth, each knowing that the other was lying, each wondering how long it would take before they could be set free.

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  1. This story reminds me of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Very interesting!

  2. Oh, don't we know who that was? And is it about to happen again?
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Excellent short - makes me wonder how often this might happen.

  4. A recipe for disaster, if ever there was one...

  5. Very well written, a great response to the 'jigsaw'

  6. yes this could be "them"
    scary..marrying just to please
    tragic actually

  7. I thought the same thing Belle mentioned of C & D.

  8. Oh those does provide food for thought. I got lucky in marriage but then I was careful to choose someone whose values were similar to mine.

  9. ouch!! a relationship can never work stand for much long on a heap of lies..can it?
    what a sad story this is... but well writ nonetheless!!

    Thankfully, hubby and I chose each other AFTER knowing each other.. whheeww!

  10. Oh dear... I have a feeling that there are too many dissimilar marriages out there.


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