This was written for Friday Fictioneers. Thank you, Rochelle!
Wrong Side of the Tracks
“Truth will tell,” Brandt’s mother said after the wedding.
She tried to buy me off, send Brandt away, but nothing worked because Brandt and I were soulmates. Our love was the truest of loves.
Twenty-two years later, I’m sipping a gin-and-it, while watching Brandt slink into the shadows with his current mistress and assistant, a giggly buxom brunette. He’s forgotten his place, his children, his parents, this Christmas cocktail party he demanded, for some “face time.” He forgot me years ago.
“I’m rarely wrong, you know.” His mother sidles next to me, her narrowed eyes following their progress. “I apologize.”
28 thoughts on “Wrong Side of the Tracks”
They say we should learn from our elders, we rarely ever do.
Thanks, James! 🙂
Mum’s know best! 😊
Gin and It! I remember that drink. I wonder if that’s her comfort now that Brandt has failed her so miserably. Great relationship story.
The only thing to be done with advice is to ignore it
I’m not sure why she’s apologising. She told it like it was, or rather as it would be. Gin and it sounds like a good idea at this time.
At least she can admit she was wrong this time!
I like the “I told you so” along with the apology!
At least she got an apology in the end. Though that may be cold comfort.
I’m sure SHE was supposedly from the wrong side of the tracks yet it is HE who has failed… Mum is apologizing to her for misjudging her…
Thanks, Dale! 🙂
Mum knows best!
Mums know their sons!
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Thank you so much, Keith! 🙂
Brandt’s mother was right after all.
In a way. I don’t think she thought her son would be the one to cause issues.
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My take is that this mother knew her son all too well. Nicely done.
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What a sad existence.
Certainly for the son.
Thanks, Alicia! 🙂
Sad story. Sad man, sad life. He’s the one who’s missing out.
He probably had more money than brains, or values. But, yes, to not care about your kids is a whole nother can of worms.
I’m amazed a mother like that is willing to admit she was wrong. Good for her.. Nice write.
I think she was just a snob, not without morals. Thanks so much, Violet! 🙂
I sense that sometimes even a mother find it hard loving her child.
No one knows you like your mom. Maybe someone should make a TV show; Mother-in-Law Knows Best.
Wasn’t there a show called in-laws or mother-in-laws way back when?
Thanks, Russell! 🙂
Nice twist at the end! I assumed tha mom didn’t think she was good enough for the son. Instead, I think she knew that her son was not going to live up to his marriage vows. Her apology at the end made me think so. Great write!