“You rang, sir?”

“Ah, Jenkins. This big house is so empty since her Ladyship died.”

“Indeed, sir. The entire estate is grieving.”

“How does one manage?”

“Friends and family, sir.”

She was my family, my dearest friend. What was that sweet music last night?”

“A hymn sing in the servant’s hall, sir. We remembered all her Ladyship’s favorites.

“Might I join you next time?”

“It wouldn’t be proper, sir.”

“Thank you, Jenkins. That will be all.”

Jenkins returned to the warm companionship of his fellows, as Lord Lexington stared out at his wife’s beloved garden, springing green after the rain.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

A very heartfelt, though sad tale, Fuji. Adore the accompanying photograph. Nicely done

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago
Reply to  Fuji

I’m sure it was lonely, though I did enjoy it when some of those boundaries were crossed in Downton Abbey!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei (@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Such a shame that class divides the characters and prevents the Lord from companionship with the servants.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
1 month ago

I felt so sorry for Lord Lexington, Fuji, all alone with only his memories to keep him company. You expressed his loneliness so well. Very sad.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 month ago

Yes, I’ve spent many a holiday teasing Americans with advance information about the next series of Downton, while I am watching Fellowes’ Gilded Age about New York!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

Your story is so sad, Fuji. My heart goes out to Lord Lexington. His life is really pitiful and very sad. You have expressed all emotions very well, Fuji.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

You are a true master of dialogue writing, Fuji. The lines sound totally realistic and natural without being plain. And the few words spoken out aloud hint at a richness of unspoken emotions. It makes me think of Hemingway and his “ice-berg technique.” Impressive!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
1 month ago

Fuji, I felt so sad for Lord Lexington. I agree with Margarida, that it is a shame that separation of classes prohibits him from finding companionship with the servants, and in return he has to deal with his grief alone.

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