Wandering Willie steps out his door daily at 11:30. He seems somewhat dazed but not dangerous to himself or others.

What is he looking for? Does he need help? Gentle whispers from gentle souls about a gentle man.

But Willie knew! It is his wedding day! He will marry Elizabeth today. As soon as he can find her.

Here she is! He straightens his bow tie and smooths out the wrinkles in his trousers. He hears a shout, “Get out of here, Old Man.” Stepping back, Willie stumbled… She awaits. Today he marries Elizabeth.

Congratulations, Willie.



Rochelle’s 100-word story based on picture prompt. You can find more stories at  Go visit Rochelle and see how others have responded to this picture challenge.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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13 Responses to WEDDING DAY

  1. Congratulations to them. They should go home and get really well gussied up first

    • oneta hayes says:

      Well, Larry, I give myself a failing mark because I did not get my point across. When Willie stumbled and fell, he died. So in heaven, he finds Elizabeth and the wedding day arrives.

  2. James McEwan says:

    Wandering Willie is a name that immediately sets the tone for comedy. But as I read on it has a sad comical ring to the story. I think in a kind way you have illustrated how some people are affected as the grow old.

  3. James McEwan says:

    As “they” grow old….correction. ( I rest my case about growing old).

  4. neilmacdon says:

    I liked the repeat at the end: a clever evocation of Willy’s state of mind

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for the comment, Neil. As you can see by my comments above, I was shooting at a new angle. I missed. My intention was that Elizabeth was already dead. When Willie fell and died he reunited with Elizabeth and they had a wedding day. Just too much of my belief about eternity without explanation. And I don’t really believe they married in heaven. 😀 But we do talk about marriages made in heaven. Who knows? 😀

  5. plaridel says:

    well done. i love happy endings. 🙂

  6. We really like your short story and would like to include an excerpt in our summer issue of Undead Weddings. Please let us know if it is okay to feature you.

  7. Nobbinmaug says:

    That’s really sad.

  8. Margaret says:

    I get a good sense of Willie’s character from this, and his confusion, although he seems to be more aware of what’s happening in his life than it appears. He knows he’s going to be reunited with Elizabeth today, and he’s correct. I read the previous comments too – 100 words sure presents a challenge, doesn’t it? It’s tough when we feel people aren’t picking up what we intend, but it’s a great way to hone our writing skills. I get nervous every time I post a story until the first comments start to come in – then sometimes I feel ok, and sometimes not. 🙂

  9. Anita says:

    He found his Elizabeth!
    She was waiting for him! Dreams do come true.

    Here’s my story-
    Are You There? – Anita

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