The Intervening Years

Photo by: The Storyteller's Abode

Photo by: The Storyteller’s Abode

Ashley received a letter from Victoria after many years of silence. She rested in the drawing room with it. It read:

Darling Sister,

The rift between us must end. We are so different. I’m certain little has changed in our years apart. I command a squadron of fighting airships battling the Teutonic Empire. You, the loveliest girl in Londonium, married Britannia’s wealthiest weapons contractor. A trophy wife, perhaps. Though I hardly understand you, you’re still my sister.

I’m sorry your Rupert passed on. You’re getting help? You’ve always been a desert flower, unable to survive without a stranger’s generosity. Now I fear for you. Teutonic forces march upon Londonium with their villainous steam-powered walking tanks. Run away! I should hate that the horrors of war be visited upon your fragile soul.

Your adoring sister,


Ashley stood up, her filmy dress fluttering in the breeze. She approached the 37mm anti-tank gun standing at the window. Expertly, she loaded and aimed it.

“Not to worry, dear sister,” she murmured. “Things have changed in the intervening years.”
Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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23 Responses to The Intervening Years

  1. Lau de Bugs says:

    As short as this piece is, it’s packed with lots of honest emotions especially through the letter.

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  2. Indeed something has changed! Ashley wasn’t a mere trophy wife! Great story! Although, I think Victoria is a snob. LOL!

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    • EagleAye says:

      So true. Ashley may have started as a trophy wife, but she learned a lot from her weapons-maker husband. She was no wallflower any longer. It’s true that Victoria was a bit snobby, but at least she tried to mend fences. In any event, Victoria is in for a shock when she meets Ashley in person once again! 😉 Thanks so much! 🙂


  3. michael1148humphris says:

    I hope that Ashley does not destroy Victoria’s airship, they both now seem to be tough individuals. Great fantasy story,

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. Nah, they’re on the same side (Britannia). But certainly, they’ve both become rather capable women. A squabble between them might be rather destructive. 😉 Thanks much! 🙂


  4. Lyn says:

    YES! Three cheers for Ashley. Victoria will be proud of her. Love this, Eric…as always 😀

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  5. List of X says:

    A 37-millimeter caliber against Teutonic tanks? And an anti-tank gun positioned in an enclosed room where it would be almost impossible to maneuver and change position?
    Things may have changed, but Ashley still needs help.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Bear in in mind, this is alternative history. These tanks are an 1800s design (100 years before tanks appeared in our time). 37mm AT guns worked nicely in our time. They’d work even better against these fictional upright walking tanks. And I’ve actually seen a 37mm AT gun. They’re heavy, but movable, especially if on wheels. Just beware of the recoil. 😉 Anyway, what are house servants for? Making the tea, emptying the bed pan, dusting the bureau…reloading the anti-tank gun… 😉


  6. Jade M. Wong says:

    Ohhh, I love this! Can I request a sequel where the sisters reunite and become a tough commandeering duo 😀

    Seriously though, this was wonderfully written, humorous and the twist at the end was enjoyable.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Indira says:

    Great story, great twist. That letter is nicely written.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Wow, that story ended with a bang! Nice one!

    My story is called Dear Jane

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  9. Tena Carr says:

    Excellent story, as usual.

    Liked by 1 person

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