Just Up From The Compleat Angler

I wrote this for the August 22nd Flash Fiction Challenge



In the village of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the visitor will find an agreeable climate, a magnificent bridge, delightful restaurants, and river walks. At the top of the High Street sits Albion House, where Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary lived. In this house, Mary Shelley finished her Gothic novel.

It’s a lovely old home; painted white. It features floors of hardwood and terracotta tiles. French doors open to a small garden off the ground floor, and the entire structure glows with the patina brought by old age and meticulous care. A simple, small brass plaque marks its literary significance.


The prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about old world charm. It can be nostalgic or irreverent. You can invent an “old world,” return to migrant roots or recall ancient times. Go where the prompt leads you!

6 thoughts on “Just Up From The Compleat Angler

  1. I think it would be nice to visit other artist/authors homes. Mary is actually due to celebrate a birthday on Aug. 30. Such a short and trouble life, and still produced and provided…

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  2. This is almost a complete story by itself. A nice chapter for a book. Maybe one day you’ll expand the story into a novel.

    I read “There Was A Caper in Washington” too. Since worpress doesn’t allow the same reader to post two separate comments in one visit, I’ll write my comment here. You’ve got good ideas which can be developed into longer stories or even novels.

    Thanks for reading my posts, Thom.

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