Friday Fictioneers–With Bells On

Posted: February 26, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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If you’re new to Friday Fictioneers, hop to the bottom of the page * and find out what it’s all about.  My 100-word story follows the picture and the blue link to the rest of the stories is after that.  This week’s story, although it can, I think, stand on its own, turns out to be a continuation of last week’s story, but that’s all; a continuation, not the second in a series.  Sandra’s picture just played too well into what I’d written such a short time ago and I succumbed to the urge to write it.  In face, I couldn’t yank my mind/muse away from it so I gave in gracefully.  If you want to read the previous story, you can find it here, but don’t feel you must: ” Harvest.”

Copyright Sandra Crook

Copyright Sandra Crook

With Bells On

Farm births rarely go as planned.  One of the cows had walked through the fence and naturally, they’d all dumbly followed and were now cheerfully grazing in our neighbor’s field.  Our neighbor said don’t worry, he’d take care of it just before the  midwife called to say that a truck of bales had overturned, blocking the road.  Rob’s look as he washed his hands was priceless!  We were both thankful for all the experience he had birthing animals, though.

We named her Annabelle, but she was always just Belle; Rob said for the bell that called him home that day.


While writing this, I couldn’t help thinking of one of my favorite commercials during this year’s not-so-Super Bowl.  

* Anyone who wants to write 100 words about a photo posted each week on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog is welcome to join in. Just go to her site each Wednesday to get the rules (and don’t ask why we’re “Friday” not “Wednesday” Fictioneers.) See the photo, write your story, post your link and read as many stories by other authors as you like. That’s it. It’s lots of fun but once you start, it’s almost impossible to stop. You’ve been warned.

  1. Adam Ickes says:

    Animal birth… human birth… can’t be that much different right? At least they had someone who knew what they were doing. I would have been clueless.

  2. Sandra says:

    Any port in a storm I guess. Glad he washed his hands though… Nicely done Janet.

  3. Hey.. I guess that planning is different on a farm.. good to have experience… the naming was ingenious.

    • I doubt Rob practiced birthing animals to give him the experience, but it worked out well. 🙂 As for the name, I had to slip in something a bit out of the ordinary, maybe not the usual horrifying FF twist, but as Pooh would say, “a little something.” And that tied it back to last week’s story.

      Hope your Wednesday’s going well.


  4. The Good News says:

    I’m happy that you continued from last week’s story because I liked it so much. Nicely done!

  5. znjavid says:

    Glad everything turned out well in the end.

  6. K.Z. says:

    aww this is so sweet. a lovely continuation.

  7. Liz Young says:

    That was a lovely story – and a link to last week’s photo as well!

  8. DCTdesigns says:

    I like the idea of connect stories from week to week. This was lovely.

    • Glad you liked it. I’m not a big fan of continued stories unless they’re more often than a week. I must be a writer of very little brain, as I can’t always remember all the back stories of everyone’s current stories. 🙂 But I figured two would be find. Glad you liked it.


  9. M. R. says:

    I might have to be a copycat and come along for the ride on this, beautiful Janet. You certainly participate marvellously!

  10. camgal says:

    Aww the beauty of life…the last line was a touching one 🙂

  11. vbholmes says:

    I would guess the mother’s look was just as priceless as Rob’s when she realized who would be facilitating the birth of her child. Good story, Janet.

  12. This does flow effortlessly from last wee; nicely done! I think you need the word “the” before midwife, n’est cest pas?

  13. Dear Janet,

    I went back and read last week’s story as a reminder. Both are well done and stand on their own. It’s nice that the couple reclaimed the farm and have added another generation. Sweet story.



  14. Love the name Annabelle and the realism of this story.

  15. I’m afraid I don’t know nothing about birthin’ no babies or animals! I’m more of the psychic detective type myself. I’m just glad Rob and Annabelle are fine, and I hope they’ll be happy together…

    • Then it’s just as well you weren’t there, Perry. Rob might have been trying to deliver the baby and revive you at the same time. 🙂 As for happy, they are…all three of them. Thanks for stopping by.


  16. Good story and well done. I love happy endings.

  17. hugmamma says:

    Very sweet ending. Thank goodness for experience. I like to remind young uns of that every now and then. 🙂

  18. Horus says:

    🙂 so you plan to keep the continuity?

  19. A lovely story without being overly sentimental.
    Nicely told

  20. Bryan Ens says:

    That farm brith REALLY didn’t go as planned! Well told.

  21. storydivamg says:

    I read the story without the introduction and got plenty confused about who was being born and what bell had rung. After I read the intro, I recalled last week’s story and got caught up on the series. I like the series, but this one doesn’t stand alone. That’s not particularly a problem with anyone but a reader who tries to skip the intro. 🙂

    I look forward to reading more about our young couple’s exploits.

    Marie Gail

    • Sorry for the confusion, Marie. I thought it was pretty clear that the baby was being born without the midwife, although I can see that the bell may have caused some confusion. As far as hearing more, unless something highly unusual happens, this will be it.

      Thanks for reading and for your comments. They’re always appreciated.


  22. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    I can’t imagine life on a farm is ever easy, or that things ever go as planned. Lovely tale, darling.

    • Thanks, Helena. Things definitely don’t always go as planned as I found out when I was growing up and we’d visit my grandparents’ farm or just from listening to the stories my dad told.

      Hope you’re feeling better. Enjoy your day.


  23. plaridel says:

    all’s well that ends well.

  24. A lovely name for a cow. It was a cow, wasn’t it?

  25. Wonderful story!

  26. Hala J. says:

    Hehe, I feel pretty dense myself—I also thought it was the birth of a cow at first. When I read through the comments and then re-read “Harvest” it hit me properly. Touching story, with a healthy sense of humor. Lovely!

    • Sometimes what seems so clear to the author isn’t as clear to the reader. This seems to be one of those times so thanks for the feedback. It’s always appreciated. The part about the cows was just to show how busy things were right at that time but apparently served as a distraction.


  27. Lovely piece of pastoral whimsy.

  28. This is so cute! I visualized the scenario in my head, it was pretty funny! Nicely written

  29. Jan Brown says:

    Sweet story! And thanks for sharing the commercial–sometimes that’s the best part of the Super Bowl 🙂

  30. draliman says:

    Lucky there was someone on hand with at least some experience. I guess a birth is a birth!

  31. Great story! I think both my step-dad and his sister were born on the family farm, but not after such a set of events!

  32. Amy Reese says:

    Great story, Janet. This reminds me of the kittens that I saw born in my garage growing up. Not quite on the farm, but still a kind of mesmerizing experience. I like the bells at the end and the tie in to her name. Nice!

    • Thanks, Amy. I think delivering animals would be less difficult than your own daughter, but all experience helps. Better than a policeman on the way to the hospital. 🙂


  33. AnnIsikArts says:

    Now I know the origin of the expression ‘animal husbandry’. 🙂

  34. sandraconner says:

    A neat story, Janet — and I bet not so uncommon in some areas of the world.

  35. Sun says:

    i just love your farm story, Janet. So, the midwife was stuck on the road so Rob had to deliver the baby but naturally his animal husbandry skills helped during the delivery. right? that’s the way your lovely story came together for me. 🙂

  36. Sarah Ann says:

    This is such a great continuation. As if giving birth wasn’t involved enough, escaping cows and straw are unnecessary distractions. Good job Rob had transferable skills. 🙂

  37. rgayer55 says:

    Connie nearly choked me to death during contractions with our first child. I’ve watched (and assisted) with calves being born and I have yet to hear a cow scream at a bull, “You’re the cause of this, you sorry SOB!”

  38. I really liked this. It’s amazing how you created a whole scene in so few words.

    • Thanks so much, Etienne! I appreciate that you’re still reading. I just made it to the end today. I’m afraid to check again. 🙂 Hope your week’s off to a great start.


      • Yours, too. I find it so difficult to keep up. Every week there’re so many great stories. You’d think it’d be easy with them all being so short but there the sort of stories that really repay close attention-yours especially.

      • I agree that it takes longer than you’d think, particularly if you want to comment intelligently. I enjoy it, but sometimes I think I’m not going to make it before the next story! 🙂 That’s why when I’m on vacation I usually don’t write. I don’t want to take so much time from vacation and I feel bad asking people to read my stories when I’m not going to be reading.

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