One Foul Day

Elizabeth Mongomery stood and looked out of her french windows over the rolling green that was her estate garden. The sun was shining and casting shadows from the large pine trees to the right, these shadows almost reached the garden fountain and Elizabeth knew that at any moment now and as the stable clock would strike one her carriage would rumble up the drive ready to take her on her journey to the house from whence she had come so many years before.
Leaving the windows and retreating back into the drawing room, Elizabeth found herself at her desk with the invitation in her hand -
Lord and Lady Thornton request the company of Elizabeth Montgomery to their country home, where the weekend celebration of their 15 years of marriage will take place.
Elizabeth had replied and accepted, keen to see the house again just to see if what she remembered of the place was as she remembered.

The invitation was placed back on the desk and Elizabeth opened the secret drawer and withdrew another letter, this one from sixteen years previous. It was crumpled and yellow and the folds were almost transparent. Elizabeth read again and her eyes filled with tears, she had loved him so.


From several circumstances which have taken place, I feel
assured that our marriage would be productive of mutual misery,
especially as I with sorrow perceive that our dispositions are by
no means alike.Thus impressed, I have, therefore, to state,
that I beg permission to decline all further intercourse.
I am, madam,
Your very obedient servant,
William Thornton.

The sound of the carriage wheels crossed the graveled driveway and the letter was carelessly left upon the desk when Elizabeth left the drawing room and walked toward the front entrance. Her bags were being loaded and the footman helped her to alight.

For what seemed an eternity Elizabeth bounced around in the back of the carriage which gave her plenty of time to think. The letter imprinted on her mind had always been a mystery and she hoped that the weekend would answer her questions that had been burning on her soul for so long.
"There is the house" Elizabeth looked out of the carriage window, "I wonder if they or Mrs Summers will remember me."

"Good afternoon Madam" said the butler who greeted her at the door
Elizabeth handed him her card
"Mrs. Montgomery, Yes, Lord and Lady Thornton are with their son Master Henry, at his school. They will be returning directly." and with a small gesture ushered her into the inner lobby.
Elizabeth looked around and came to the conclusion that this was not as she remembered at all, rather shabby in fact. Lost in her own thoughts she did not hear the footsteps behind her and startled when,
"Begging your pardon, Marm, would you like to refresh yourself after your trip?" asked Mrs Summers, and led Elizabeth to a properly functioning water closet.
"Your room is right next door, Marm, I will have the boy bring your luggage up."
Closing the door behind her, Elizabeth knew that she hadn't been recognized, no one had remembered the slip of a girl that cleaned the grates and polished the silver.
Checking herself over and satisfied that she was acceptable reopened the door and entered the hallway, "I wonder if William will remember"
Her room was not what she had been used to, and the bed.."Its diabolical that they expect me to have a goodnights sleep in that?" and was grateful for the fact that it was only for two nights.

Elizabeth realized that she had dozed off when she awoke with the sound of the dining room gong, powdered her nose and with trepidation made her way to the dining room, where she met with a number of guests, some she knew, others by sight only. They were filing through the doorway and as per custom, Lord and Lady Thornton and their son Master Henry were there to greet them.
"Elizabeth Montgomery" she heard her name ring out over the heads of all the guests, she stepped forward and found herself standing in front of her man, the man she had pined for, for so many years.
Her stomach twisted and she could feel herself falling, stopped only by a tender hand taking hers, "Delighted you could come" he said and continued to introduce his wife and son.
"He doesn't know me, why? how could he forget?" Elizabeth smiled and asked how old their son was?
"He is fifteen, sixteen in June"
Elizabeth felt sick, she realized that the boy was the reason for him leaving her, "Could I have a chair, Please?"

The door behind her opened and without warning in walks a sultry teenager. The butler tried to grab him but he hastened toward Elizabeth who gasped, "Menry"
"You know this boy?"
"What are you doing here?" Elizabeth whispered, slightly embarrassed by his untimely entrance and disheveled state.
"I found the letter, Who is he?"
Lord Thornton moved toward Elizabeth, "Elizabeth, Who is this boy?"
"This is Menry, my son"
"Its a pet name," Elizabeth rose from her chair, "His given name is William Henry, named for his father."
Lady Thornton started to cry,
Elizabeth continued, "Menry is also fifteen and will be sixteen in August"
Menry pulled a pistol from his pocket and pulled the trigger.
"No Menry ..No" Elizabeth fell to her knees and wept, she wept both for her son and for her love, both taken in that one foul day.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful, well written story. Thank you. I enjoyed reading it.

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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago

Nice little story.

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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

That was a nice read, I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing :D

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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you everyone,it was fun to write.

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kea 6 years ago

Very well written and entertaining story. Thanks. Cheers.

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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

It's so nice to reconnect on facebook, dear Alison! I wanted to write on your profile, but somehow fb ignores me. Sending good vibes. :D

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Alison, I do love a Victorian tale even though they always end up badly. Great job!

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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

kea, thanks for dropping by

Haunty, long time no see, thanks for the vibes.. Oops that one got me haha

Dolores, always good to see you, pleased that you enjoyed.

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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

You mean the 'sending good vibes' bit? It's a valid term. Ummm... or at least it exists. It was used on me, so I didn't hesitate to go ahead and use it on you. :)

Yes, long time now see, but that's because you check in only once in a while. Hubpages is in decline.

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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Ah Haunty, the vibes are good, I thank you.

Yes I agree that I don't check in too often and I do miss all you good people. Hubpages has been good to me, I have made so many friends and it has also helped me grow, I have two novels on the go .. without hubpages I never would have had that confidence. I do not believe that the hubs are in decline, I feel that there are many new writers joining and as they grow in confidence they move on. It's a shame, but that's life. I will keep popping in and keep in touch via FB.

I also believe that the challenges had a lot to do with the lack of communication within the hubs, some days I would have so many e-mails that I couldn't breathe and subsequently turned off the notifications. Are the challenges still ongoing? Wouldn't it be great if we hubbers could choose on an individual basis who we receive notifications from, then we could rotate them without our inboxes being flooded.

See you around, miss you my friend.

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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

Oh, that's so good to hear, Alison! I'm glad you've decided to do what you are good at. I wish you a lot of enjoyment in the process. :)

I was kidding hp was in decline. I meant it was because of your visits becoming less frequent. But I'm glad you pop in every now and then.

Alison, quit the fan clubs of those you don't want notifications from. I did that. I quit a lot of fan clubs including hubbers who don't write hubs any more. It has nothing to do with how I feel about them.

Thank you very much for remembering me as a friend. You were one of the very first ppl who made friends with me on hubs. How could I forget that? :)

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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you for that advice, I am always careful not to hurt peoples feelings but knowing that I would not be the only one who had done it makes it easier somehow.

I will be keeping you on my list .. haha .. watch out for the comments returning !!

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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

This really moved me,Hawkesdream and I just love the old fashioned illustration. Well done.

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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi katyzzz, it has been a long time, sorry for the absence. Thankyou for reading and pleased that you enjoyed.

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ltfawkes 6 years ago from NE Ohio

Nice story. I enjoyed it.


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks Itfawkes, pleased that you enjoyed.

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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Well.. I didn't turn the notices off.. just ignored them.. now I have over 2500 to weed thru. Just found yours! Sorry I'm late (working 3 jobs has me frazzled!).. I'll get back into the tree by this weekend.. so look for me! Promise! Miss ya badly!!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great story and I really enjoyed it.

Here's that 'up up and away' on its way to you.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks Eddy for reading and commenting. Have a good weekend yourself.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I enjoyed this story. good use of dialogue.

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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks PDX, pleased that you enjoyed and thanks for the compliment.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome, Hawkes!

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