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Copyright — Marie Gail Stratford


Here we are once again around the virtual banquet table with our hostess, the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re sharing our original stories for the weekly feast of the Friday Fictioneers. Our quest is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to include a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt supplied for the week. The prompt this week is supplied by Marie Gail Stratford. Thanks Marie Gail.

After this week, I’m taking a break for a couple weeks. Our daughter is coming to India for a visit. Also, although I’ve done my best to read all stories in the past, I’m finding my days filling up. Besides trying to do some writing of my own and reading up on the craft to improve, I’ve had to deal with the fact my husband broke his hip, then came down with a serious chest and throat infection. He’s almost 84.  Even with a lady to help care for him 24/7, I also employ two other people and have to manage everything to make sure it runs smoothly. I’m also continually struggling with internet and computer problems here. The electric often goes on and off and messes up my cable service. Even with the cable service , my computer often runs as slow as a sick snail. I’ll continue this week, and after my  break, to read and comment on many of the stories. I’ll try especially to read and comment on those of writers who read and comment on mine, but I can’t continue to read them all. Thank you for understanding.

Genre:  Humor Fiction

Word Count:  100 Words


The knights were all gathered around the banquet table.

Sir Randolph the Resourceful raised his cup of mead. “I toast to His Royal Majesty the King.” All toasted and drank up their cups.

Sir Malcolm the Manly raised his cup. “I toast to all the brave knights at this table.” Again all toasted and drank up.

Sir Brandon the Brave raised his cup. “I toast to the beginning of our quest tomorrow.” Again all toasted and drank up.

Sir Thomas the Thoughtful raised his cup. “I toast the decision we delay the quest.” All agreed, toasted, drank, and fell asleep


68 thoughts on “THE TOAST

  1. First of all you deserve a real break.. I know you read everything I write, not just my FF story.. Take care, take care of your husband and do some writing.. 🙂

    The story is so great in the fairytale tone it still deliver a wisdom with a little pun in the end.. I love it. Sometimes quests are better abandoned in favor of sleep.


    • Thanks Bjorn. I’ll continue to read your pieces because you always read and comment on my stories. I enjoy poetry. I’ve written a little. They were just rhyming pieces that I enjoyed writing. A couple were when I began blogging and were about Indian subjects. I may blog a few more of them to supplement my stories. I’m so glad you liked this story. I had fun with it. 🙂 —Susan


  2. Beautiful. 🙂 Too much toasting and nothing will ever get done. I love the names too.
    I hope your husband recovers quickly. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate these days. I’m glad you can still post a story here, but don’t feel pressured to read other stories. We all do what we can.


  3. Susan, what an cheerful little fable. I enjoyed it greatly. Real life and real people must always, always take precedence over those of us in the blogosphere! Enjoy your daughter’s visit, take and love your husband, savor life…and we’ll be happy to see you any time you have a moment to drop by!



  4. Great story! I love the names, and the thoughtful guy who realised they’d all be hungover in the morning 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your husband, but I hope you enjoy your daughter’s visit.


  5. Dear Susan,

    Robert’s Rules of Order: A motion to adjourn is always in order. Very well done.

    Rest a while. It will do you good. When you return, may it be with care free eyes and all urdens lifted from your shoulders.

    Mahalo and Aloha,



  6. Dear Susan,

    I raise my cup in a toast to you. You’re a valiant lady with much on your shoulders. Enjoy your break and your daughter’s visit. I’m sure both are welcome.

    BTW I’d have been out after the first toast. Clever, well worded story.




    • Thanks Rochelle. From what I’ve heard, some men in those days fought hard and also drank hard. Thank you for the toast, your good wishes, and .the encouragement. Yes, our daughter’s visit will be very welcome. 🙂 —Susan


  7. Susan, do take care of hubby and yourself! I love the banquet and the knights. Good ending. That’s like ours, too. We have wine with our supper every night. We seldom can watch a whole movie without falling asleep. 🙂


    • Thanks Lily. Thank you for your good wishes. I’m so glad you liked the story. I could never drink much alcohol in beverages. I don’t do it any more, but when I was younger I used to drink a mixed drink or two and it used to make me sleepy also. 🙂 —Susan


  8. Bravo! Getting a story into 100 words is hard. Have a wonderful time with your family and I’ll look forward to seeing you when you get back.


    • Thanks Cate. I’m really glad you liked the story. Thank you for your kind wishes. I’ll still be reading my email.. There are around 100 writers, sometimes more, submitting to Friday Fictioneers these days and it takes a great deal of time to read every story and comment. I’m not going to write a story or read any stories I don’t subscribe to individually for a couple of weeks. I’ll try to keep up with my regular email. I do enjoy writing those 100-word stories. When I begin to write the 100-word stories again in a couple of weeks, I just can’t read all the other stories as I have been doing. In future, I’ll read the stories of those who read mine. 🙂 —Susan

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  9. A charming, fun and clever story, well done. 🙂

    I too will miss your presence at Fictioneers, but understand how hard it can be to take part. For different reasons to yours, I rarely get to visit more than 20-24 each time we join in (which is roughly once a month). Like you, I tend to focus more on those who are willing to comment on mine, and form a ‘connection’!

    I hope your husband is well again soon, and that you enjoy your break as much as you can in the circumstances. Come back soon! 🙂


  10. Dear PatriciaRuthSusan, I love your name and hope your husband does better soon. A hip is a hard thing to break and heal. I hope you enjoy your daughters visit and know she will be a comfort to you and probably your husband (good medicine can come from just family!). Please don’t worry at all EVER about reading my stories – I know I’m not that good and I usually just write ‘fluff’ anyway. I loved your story this week – Sir Thomas the Thoughtful was right – Getting drunk the night before a big battle or test is not the smartest thing to do. I’ll send some prayers for you if that’s ok.
    Have a lovely visit with your girl and we will miss you very much, but we’ll be here when you return – tell your hubby to GET WELL! Nan 🙂


    • Thanks Nan. I deeply appreciate your offer of prayers for us. I’ll pray that your husband heals rapidly also. I hope he’s doing much better. My husband is much better than he was, but he’s still very weak. He had serious chest and throat congestion. The caregiver I hired takes very good care of him. She’s a big help to me also. We’ll all enjoy our daughter’s visit, other relatives included. Everyone loves to see the younger family members come for a visit. I intend, when I start reading and writing again, to read all the stories of those writers who read mine. I enjoy your stories a great deal. I think they’re very good. 🙂 —Susan


  11. Cute story. I’ll raise my cup and drink to that.
    Don’t worry about taking some time off. We all need that. Enjoy your daughter’s visit and best wishes for a speedy recovery for your husband.


  12. Now this was funny, Susan 😛
    I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s injury and illness…and glad to read he’s on the mend. A visit from your daughter will probably be just the cheerfulness needed to speed up healing. rest well,


    • Thanks Ellespeth. I’m so glad you liked the story. I deeply appreciate your sympathy for my husband’s problems and your good wishes. I feel sure also that our daughter’s visit will cheer him up and help healing. 🙂 —Susan


  13. Susan, you do so much for other people; I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself! So sorry to hear about your husband’s fall, and the headaches with general things. I’m glad you are taking a break to enjoy your girl! I love this story for its authentic fairy tale feel, with humor to make it even more fun. Take care!


  14. funny. i’ve always liked knight stories. 🙂 i’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s illness, but i’m glad that your daughter’s visiting. i hope you enjoy your vacation. 🙂


  15. Sorry I’ve missed out on what’s been happening with you and your family. Hope life is a little more manageable for you and that your beautiful daughter’s visit was lovely for all of you. Loved your story…especially the ending. A good night’s rest does wonders for the mind, body, and soul. I highly recommend it, although I can’t seem to get enough of it. lots of hugs…


  16. Thank you for reading my entry to the Friday Fictioneers~ I love this story it puts me in mind of many lovely tales of rip-roaring chivalrous knights, I have read in the past ~ I look forward to reading more of your writing after your break. 🙂


    • Thanks John. I try to read a good many of the stories, although it’s hard to get to all of them. I’m so glad you liked “The Toast”. I had fun writing that one. I’m back now and hope to be a weekly contributor again. I also look forward to reading your stories in future. 🙂 — Susan

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