100-Word Fiction: ‘That Wedding Dress’

Wearing this jacket, which bears witness to the grand public schools, the British Empire, Kipling and Kitchener, Ypres, the Somme and the Western Front, brassy medals, Chelsea bombings, fighting in Norway, Palestine, South Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, the Order of St Patrick, the ‘Troubles’, Brian Boru, the kid cadets still named ‘mini Micks’, Passchendaele, Jacobites and the Battle of the Boyne, the bear-skin hats, the Stuart dynasty, postings in Belize, Cyprus, securement of the British Sector of West Berlin, Kuwait, Basra, County Fermanagh, Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, the freedom of Liverpool, with thousands upon thousands dead and mutilated, I thee wed.

Published by MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. Books including Pomes Flixus, The Orphaned Spaces and Scarecrow are available from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

3 thoughts on “100-Word Fiction: ‘That Wedding Dress’

  1. I hear you Martin, but I always think that blaming royalty for the problems of the world is a bit like blaming religion… a cover up for the immense capability we all have as individuals to right royally f*ck one another over

    1. Agreed. Wasn’t blaming royalty as such, just playing on the notion of what we expect to hear/read when someone says ‘wedding dress’. The thing that stood out for me was not the fairly trad perfect white McQueen, but the choice of Irish Guards uniform for the groom. The BBC was also a little baffled at first.

    2. However, I must add, I am a republican and believe the monarchy should be abolished. Didn’t want to look like a sympathiser there.

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