Edward the Armchair (A Flash Fiction Fantasy Story)

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Something a Little Different

A couple of my readers have requested that I write another fiction story. It's been awhile since I did that and I usually wait until one of my fellow hubbers issues a photo prompt challenge or something similar.

Anyway I was sitting here in my armchair thinking about this and suddenly I had a lightbulb moment..hence this rather strange but hopefully enjoyable story.

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My sketch of Edward (before)
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Edward the Armchair

Edward sat quietly in his assigned corner of the living room. He was content though most weekdays were a little dull and boring when the family members were away at work and school. Nights and weekends were his favourite times, when he felt wanted and like part of the family. The TV would be turned on and the family often spent time watching their favourite programs or movies together, and often took turns sitting in him.

Occasionally there would even be a party and Edward would be used by many people, sometimes by even more than one at a time. Some sat down more gently than others but he was strong and could handle the rough stuff as well. His main concern was that they didn't spill drinks or food on his upholstery. Stains were difficult to remove and the lady of the house often spent a lot of time and effort scrubbing his arms with carpet shampoo to clean him up.

He also hoped that someone would take the time, soon, to remove his cushion and clean underneath it. Edward could always feel any foreign objects, especially when someone sat on him. He knew there were button, coins, and even some pieces of Lego hiding there.

His impressive green and gold upholstery with its distinct paisley pattern was often complimented - or at least had been in the past. Edward was almost 20 years old now and, although he had been moved from wall to wall during the occasional furniture rearranging or spring cleaning, had spent practically all his time in this very same room.

The only time spent outside here was during his manufacture in the factory and a month or so on display on the showroom floor of the furniture store.

Do you have a favorite armchair?

  • Yes, but it's getting old and needs replacing
  • No, a chair is just a chair
  • Yes, and I'll just get it re-upholstered when need be
  • Yes, I can't imagine sitting comfortably in anything else
  • No, new is best. I like to update my furniture regularly
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As an armchair Edward had been well used. The fabric on his arms and the fronts of the cushions had become shiny, thin, and worn, and he had to admit that he wasn't as handsome as he once was. But, he was sturdy, much more solid and dependable than much of the new furniture that just wasn't made to last.

He was grateful to the Anderson family, his family, for being so loyal and keeping him for so long. He had seen other friends and various pieces of furniture come and go over the years, but Edward was still here sitting in his corner.

Confidence is a fragile thing though, and Edward's had been shaken a little recently as he had overheard conversations by the Andersons intimating that the living room furniture was beginning to look dated and may soon need replacing. These murmurs worried his companions, the couch, coffee table, and entertainment unit, that occupied the room.

One fine November day Edward's worst fears were realized. A large van pulled up in front of the house and two uniformed men were shown inside. Without any farewell ceremony or fanfare, Edward and Harry, the matching couch, were picked up and carried out of the only home they had ever known to be loaded into the van.

Edward was distraught. He had often envisaged this day when his time of faithful service would be up and he would be replaced by some spotless new soft leather armchair with added recliner feature or Ottoman. He had seen his family looking at them in store catalogues and discussing them animatedly.

Suddenly, everything went black as Edward and Harry were shoved into the back of the van and the doors slammed shut behind them.

Ten days passed before the same van, or another similar, stopped in front of the Anderson home at 84 Lawson Road. The driver checked the address on the delivery sheet before he and his co-driver climbed out and opened up the rear doors.

First they lifted out a three seater couch covered in plastic and carried it into the house, returning a couple of minutes later to retrieve a new matching arm chair, also sporting a plastic dust cover.

When both pieces of furniture were positioned in the vacant spaces left behind by the previous chairs, the delivery men removed the plastic covers for Mr and Mrs Anderson to inspect and give their approval. The smiles on their faces indicated they were both more than pleased and John Anderson signed the delivery slip.

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My sketch of Edward (after)
My sketch of Edward (after) | Source

The couple hugged as they stared proudly at their 'new" red leather lounge suite. "Honey, I am so glad you convinced me we would save money by having the old chairs re-upholstered," Sonja Anderson said.

"Yes, so am I Darling," replied her husband John. "Chairs these days just aren't made like they used to be. These two now look like new and they'll be good for another twenty years." He threw himself down into the armchair to demonstrate how solid it was.

Edward smiled inwardly and, if chairs could, he would have winked at Harry.


Sketches of Edward

I sketched a couple of my own drawings of how I imagined a cartoon Edward may look, but wasn't really happy with them so I originally left them out of the hub.

Anyway, I changed my mind and decided to include them. When I have more time I may redo these sketches so they look a little more professional but until then they'll have to do.

© 2015 John Hansen

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cam8510 12 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Excellent story, John. I loved the main character, Edward. You presented him as a likable and unselfish chair. When the "new" furniture was brought in, I have to admit I thought you committed the dreadful "switch of Point of View" from Edward to the couple. But then you revealed the twist of the reupholstered furniture and all was well, Edward was back.


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Jackie Lynnley 12 months ago from The Beautiful South

Hahaha; really enjoyed this John! I could envision the cartoon version of it. Great little story from a very great writer! You are certainly unlimited!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Cris, I always look forward to your comment and critique on any flash fiction or short story I write. Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for taking the time, much appreciated.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jackie, I am happy that you found this story amusing. Yes, I can visualise this as a cartoon as well. Thanks for reading and for your generous comment.


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drbj 12 months ago from south Florida

Thank you, Jodah, for putting your moment of inspiration into such a charming, sweet story. Edward - and you - are now my heroes.


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Ericdierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent. Chairs are people too! I now will not look at my chairs the same old way. Thanks for a delightful read.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey drbj, thank you for that kindly comment. Glad you liked Edward. If you need any dragons slain, just point me in the right direction.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Eric, chairs are people too haha. Glad My story has made you view your chairs differently. Cheers.


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Mel Carriere 12 months ago from San Diego California

I often wondered what the furniture was thinking. I will treat my chairs and sofa with a newfound respect. Wonderful story!


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billybuc 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

Show me a writer who can write a story about an armchair and I'll show you a creative mind. :) Well done, sir!


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manatita44 12 months ago from london

Great and very creative. I really loved this. I have a poem where I made a bath soap talk. Perhaps I'll do a story on it one day. Excellent Hub!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mel, now you know what is in the mind of your furniture I am sure you'l treat them right. Glad you enjoyed the story. Cheers.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I have to keep trying something different Bill. You know what it's like.. :) thanks for reading.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the encouragement Manatita. Glad you enjoyed this and I'm sure you could write a story about a bath soap. Take care.


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always exploring 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

I'm still smiling. This is an adorable story. You are so clever. Thank you John.


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Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

Hahaha ...what a delightful story and I am thrilled Edward will be around for a good while still! Yes, imagine all the life they see each day.

I had thought about doing a satire on my husband's recliner and how we did finally have to replace it because the old one was too large for our smaller living space now. He loves his new slimmer leather recline which is so comfortable as well.

Another creative write here, John.

Blessings


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Dana Tate 12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

I loved the twist you presented here. I thought the Anderson's had gotten rid of the old faithful furniture but instead they refurbished them to look good as new. Very creative.


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 12 months ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! Thanks for sharing!! ;-)


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

So glad you enjoyed this story Ruby. It was fun to write.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Theresa, yes I thought it best to give Edward a happy ending. You should go ahead and write the satire about your hubby's recliner. I'd love to read it.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

No Dana, I had to reward Edward for his year of faithful service. Glad you enjoyed this tale.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello DrBill, thanks for reading and commenting on this little story.


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Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful and funny. You created Edward so beautiful and emotional. Enjoyed the story. My son insists on replacing our sofa set with a new costly one. But, I am not allowing him to do so. He tried many times in these two years and I always resisted telling him to first get married and then think about it.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good for you Venkatachari, protect your old sofa set and have it reupholstered if need be like Edward and Harry. Haha..good idea telling your on to get married first. Thank you for reading.


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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

Loved it, Jodah. I felt sorry for Edward but you gave me reason to smile at the end. Beautiful!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello MsDora, thank you for saying you loved this story. I am a sucker for a happy ending..so had to have Edward win out.


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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Simple and beautiful!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the kind comment Devika. Glad you enjoyed.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England

What a brilliant idea, John! Love this story. I thought you were going to say that they'd moved house but this is a better alternative. I never thought you'd get rid of Edward.

A light-hearted read after all the doom and gloom around this week. Thanks for that.

Ann


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Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

This was a very cool story. One that, I think, could share a lesson in life about how it feels getting old; a human couldn't be re-upholstered; maybe have a face lift, but anyway, you get what I'm saying; aged things matter too.

As far as furniture, I think we all may have become attached to a favorite chair or couch through our lives, and instead of re-upholstering, we simply take the old to the goodwill and buy new ones never knowing what happens to the tossed. I don't know why we just wouldn't have it re-upholstered, but usually, most of us do not do that.

I'm really glad Edward ended up right back in his old assigned spot of contentment. :)


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annart 12 months ago from SW England

As a PS, most of my furniture is from family, so keeping it and re-covering or similar is something I do often. There are many memories in furniture of all kinds and I love it that part of our heritage is always with us.

Ann


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Congratulations Missy! You did get my hidden message about not discarding things (including people) just because they are aging. This has become a disposable society and it is sad. You are right most old furniture is just offloaded to goodwill stores or garage sales instead of being restored, and old people offloaded into retirement homes or villages. Hope you are feeling better now.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, it was my intention to write something light-hearted and fun after the doom and gloom of the Paris tragedy etc. glad the story worked for you. Cheers.


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Phyllis Doyle 12 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

How perfectly precious! I often made up stories like this for my kids when they were little. Your compassion and creativity comes through strong in Edward's story. Well done, Jodah. I enjoyed reading this hub.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good for you Ann, we do the same.. Restore and reuse.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Phyllis thank you. I guess I am still a kid at heart and enjoy this type of story whether writing or reading it. I am sure your kids loved the stories you wrote for them. It seems Edward is a popular main character :)


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Larry Rankin 12 months ago from Oklahoma

Just a wonderful read!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Larry, I appreciate you reading my little tale. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks.


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Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

Jodah I have an unbending loyalty to your poetry is the reason I enjoyed this fiction piece.. just being honest my friend :)


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well Frank, there will be more poetry to come, but I am glad you enjoyed this story. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.


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mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I think the Edward sketches are perfect. The story was enjoyable and it is obvious that you had fun with it. That is the whole point. Right? You are well on your way to writing children's books.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Mike, if I didn't enjoy what I write I don't think I would do it. It's probably why I don't accept all the freelancing jobs I get offered. If I think the subject will be too boring or something I am not interested in personally I have trouble committing. I am sure I am still a child at heart and stories aimed at children are always fun for me. Thanks for the kind comment about the sketches.


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savvydating 12 months ago

Oh, you had me worried for poor Edward. But alas, all is well. I too have a favorite armchair. It's an off-white Lazy-Boy.....and boy, is it comfy. I've had it 15 years and it "ain't going nowhere." Ha. Now you've inspired me to give it a name!! Hmmm. I'll have to name it well. Any ideas?

Anyhow. thank you for this most charming and delightful story. I hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving, dear friend.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi savvydating, thanks for the great comment. All turned out hunky dory in the end. Lazy-Boys are great chairs. We have a green one..not Edward though. Hmm...an off-white one..how about Moby? Here in Australia we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but thanks anyway and I hope yours was great.


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savvydating 12 months ago

Oh, duh. I forgot about your location. My bad. I like Moby! Funny thing---Moby is also one of my favorite singers. How apropo. Moby it is! I'll be sitting on Moby first thing tomorrow as I drink my morning coffee. ;)


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Billrrrr 12 months ago from Cape Cod

A delightful fancy or a fanciful delight. Either way you say it, this is a fine piece of work John. I second Billybuc's cogent comment. He said that any writer who can craft a story about an armchair has a creative mind. I'm not looking to go deeply into any abstruse meanings in the tale. Taken just at the surface it is an excellent example of your art. You always have something interesting to say.


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Billrrrr 12 months ago from Cape Cod

Please allow me to make a second observation, one which I inadvertently left out of my previous comment. I very much admire the illustrations and I don't think any change is needed. Straightaway I noticed Edward's eyes and his smile. The drawings are a major enhancement to an already Grade A story.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Savvydating, glad you liked Moby...sure is a coincidence, but must be meant to be :) All good about Thanksgiving.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Bill, almost everything I write has an underlying message. Sometimes it is more subtle than others. I do like the reader to interpret whatever meaning they imagine. This could be a commentary on how we treat our senior citizens or whether it just illustrates my belief in recycling and renovating rather than throwing away and replacing. :)


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the compliments on my drawings Bill, I guess they do help to portray Edward's character.


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Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

John, I love your story, your sketch and yes even the ant. This was such a lite-hearted article, so glad your light bulb lit-up.

Blessings and Hugs


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Shyron, glad you loved this story and my sketches. Blessings and hugs back.


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bravewarrior 12 months ago from Central Florida

John, I love this story and your sketches. I was truly surprised by the ending. I thought the Anderson's had traded Edward for a newer version. I was pleased to learn he simply got a makeover.

Great story!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Shauna, so glad you enjoyed this story about Edward the armchair, and that the happy ending surprised you too. Hope all is great with you this time of year.


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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Life goes on for Edward and friends, which is really the best way for furniture. I once had a friend that could do anything. He bought a beautiful Victorian sofa and refabricated it himself. It was the most stunning piece of furniture with its ornate carvings.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Deb, thanks for reading. Yes, we are hoarder to a point. We say we are going to get rid of stuff but it rarely happens. If we do finally discard a piece of furniture we go to a garage sale or second hand shop and get two more items to replace it. We are always restoring or recycling something. Sounds like your friend got a stunning piece of furniture with the Victorian sofa.


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Glenn Stok 12 months ago from Long Island, NY

Great story. The chair and couch have personalities of their own. And yes, nothing is made as well today anymore. Nice surprise ending. And your sketches are perfect. I could see the glee in his expression at the end.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Glenn, thanks for reading my story and for your welcome comment. I'm glad I succeeded in giving a personality to an inanimate object and that the ending was surprised.


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Oh Jodah! Oh Jodah! You’re full of surprises! Besides a brilliant writer, you are a great artist too. I didn’t know this side of yours. We are on the same boat. (he he). I love sketching too. I’ll send you my art through e-mail if you would like to see. Today, I found an artist in you; a peculiar one – cool! Let’s shake hands :)

Coming back to the fiction – I LOVED it!!! Truly! Very nice, especially the way Edward’s character is presented. Continue… continue, my dearest Jodah. Much Love.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am so happy that you enjoyed "Edward" Surabhi. Your prompting for a fiction story was one of the reasons I wrote it. Glad to see you enjoyed my sketches too. Good to shake hand with another budding artist. I would love to see your sketches. Please email to me at: jodahkamah@gmail.com

You have already been more than generous at reading my hubs so I shouldn't expect you to read more, but as you are interested in art you may enjoy my hub "How to Draw using the Right Side of Your Brain". Hugs.


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

No, no, no... it's always a pleasure reading your hubs... no matter how tired I am :) I'll send you my art, my friend.


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lawrence01 11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

John

I was going to say 'Bring back Edward' but you did so that's great. The drawings are perfect for the story.

Lawrence


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey thank you Lawrence. I couldn't get rid of the main character..it just wouldn't have been right. :)

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