Chateau

chateau-de-sable-ceayr

Copyright – C E Ayr

The walls are whitewashed, the roof tiles the gentlest shade of terracotta. Inside are light-filled rooms and windows that admit cooling breezes. Outside, the road winds between wildflower-strewn fields, to an iridescent ocean and gleaming beach. Follow the road back and there’s the village, beside a chuckling stream. Friendly neighbours nod as I walk to the bakery for fresh breakfast croissants.

“Ted. You’ll be late!” I place the model carefully back on the shelf and join sombre-faced commuters packed in the dim elevator, then out to the snarling traffic and choking air of the street.

One day …

*****

We can always dream.

This story is my contribution to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can read all the other stories here.

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36 thoughts on “Chateau

    • It isn’t, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. We need to be kept on our toes – I’m not sure how we’d handle perfection. I think we’d soon take it for granted – or mess it up.

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  1. Beautifully described and full of longing. I loved the vivid freshness of these lines:
    “Outside, the road winds between wildflower-strewn fields, to an iridescent ocean and gleaming beach. Follow the road back and there’s the village, beside a chuckling stream.”

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  2. What a lovely dream, and great description. I, too, loved the phrase with the chuckling stream, that’s such a peaceful, positive image… it had to be too good to be true. I actually expected murder or mayhem, but cold reality is even better. Great story.

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    • Yes – I disappointed myself a little. I quite like creating a little mayhem in these stories. However, as you say, cold reality can be harder to take than murder and mayhem. Thanks, once again, for your always encouraging comments.

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    • Your comment is so true, Subroto. I had a colleague who observed that she kept saying she’d do things ‘when things settle down’ – the problem being that things never seem to settle down. No good postponing dreams. Thank you for your encouraging words.

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  3. I also thought it was too good to be true. We all need dreams. As writers, we can put them on paper for others to enjoy. That’s one of the things I love about writing. Well done, Margaret. 🙂 — Suzanne

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