The Ice age

She is singing, eyes closed. Singing-along, to be precise. The  ipod, her conductor,  whispers sweet commands through head-phones. The room  drowns from the symphony  of her vocal cords. I clear my throat as a precursor to my rehearsed speech when inspiration strikes.  There’s only one way to talk to a singer like her: with music.

I get her an in-ear-monitor-headphone-thingie that singers use to hear themselves. She excitedly tries it right-away. My husband is excited too seeing my gift as the end of the cold war between me and his mother.

As she sings her expression gets frostier and frostier.

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Disclaimer: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Also I  would never get my mother-in-law an in-ear-monitor-headphone-thingie in real life…that would be inhuman 😉

This exactly 100 word work of pure fiction was written in response to a 100 word photo-prompt based challenge conducted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Picture courtesy of Rochelle’s husband Jan W. Fields.

Click the froggy below for other amazing takes on the same prompt by fellow Friday Fictioneers.

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44 responses to “The Ice age

  1. This was funny.
    Wise play by the daughter in law.
    poor mum at least she now knows.

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  2. hahaha Oh dear. I’m not so sure that will help win her over. hehe

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  3. What a fantastic idea! Made me laugh.

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  4. Lovely, but cruel. She’ll not thank you for her novel compound noun thingy.

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    • Me? Cruel ? This is fiction Patrick. The MIL character will not thank the DIL character in the story…although she should . And compared to so many authors who make one character kill the other I’m much more benign. 🙂

      Thanks for reading.

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  5. So funny. So subtle. And such a good idea.

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  6. Dear Ansumani,

    Did it the war just get colder? I guess MIL realized she’s not the singer she thought. Good daughter-in-law-story-thingie. 😉 I enjoyed.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. The ice-age: perfect title. The story is wonderful, funny and well told. C- “There is only way to talk to a singer like her…” a ‘one’ is missing here, I think.

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  8. I liked this and felt for the poor son and husband, one minute happy with hope, the war is over, the next brought back to the reality of worse hostilities.

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  9. It’s no fun to be stuck between two warring parties …especially when you love both.

    Thanks for reading.

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  10. naughty. naughty. no need for a disclaimer. sure, we believe it was purely fiction. 🙂

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  11. Very good! I often think I’m a great singer until I turn the music down so I can actually hear myself…

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  12. Ouch.. There is a reason why monitor outlets cost extra. Too many are unable to bear their own voice.

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  13. I don’t know which was funnier, the story or the disclaimer. I enjoyed them both.

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  14. This was great! The disclaimer was as well…
    Fun stuff!

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  15. Yep, same concept as mine. Wonder who got in the better licks?

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  16. Music can bring people together, usually. Lol. Hope they can get back to warmer days somehow.

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  17. Great story. It sounds like cold war is just heating up, as it were. I wonder how the mother-in-law will retaliate, maybe by recording a CD? 🙂

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    • It’s easy silence a CD …the DIL could say that the dog “ate the CD” 🙂 I’ll think of a good MIL’s revenge in one of the next stories…after all these are just fiction.

      Thanks for reading.

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  18. For a fictional story it seemed so real. Good luck in whatever you do in future. I agree it’s better to not make an enemy of a mother-in-law. Well done and funny. 😀 — Suzanne

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  19. I enjoyed the humor and arc of your story! (I guess I don’t have to worry about getting such a device for my m-i-l, who hardly ever sings, and has an unmusical ear.) Great disclaimer, too. Nicely played, Ansumani!

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  20. Ah, the neverending battles…nicely done!

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