Bedelia’s Quandary: Boundary Lines

Prompt:  Line

Bedelia wasn’t tremendously surprised when Father James phoned to ask how she’d enjoyed the Meet ‘n Greet—somewhat guarded, she described it as “nice”, and thanked him politely for inviting her.

But her ribs began tightening against her lungs when he admitted it was his brother, particularly, whom he’d wanted her to meet…and then asked, as though he were a lonely hearts facilitator, what she’d thought of Finn.

Choosing her words carefully, she acknowledged that he seemed a pleasant gentleman, courtly even…(which turned out to be not cautious wording at all).

Father James jumped on her assessment with barely concealed glee, telling her Finn was a widower of many years…alone, like herself…and that he’d expressed interest in seeing her again.

Oh, Lord, Bedelia thought, feeling like she’d stepped into a bucket of ice water—she wasn’t a “maybe” sort of person, had always found adherence to clear “yea” or “nays” safer; her silence lengthened while she scrambled for a response which was less than a hardmarked boundary line that shouted, “Hazards Ahead, No Crossing!”

And thus, Divine intervention favored her:  Father James abruptly ended the conversation, having just then received a note regarding a parish emergency…he promised to get back to her soon.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.

21 thoughts on “Bedelia’s Quandary: Boundary Lines

  1. Saved by the “bell”, “note”, doesn’t matter! Bedelia was spared having to make an on the spot decision when clearly she is undecided and not comfortable being put on the spot.
    I await the next episode 😀


    1. Thank you so much, Denise–and thank you for your great prompts. Life has definitely thrown Bedelia a curve in her later years–and she faces a challenge that lots of real-life women (and men) do: whether to remain in “solitary”, or venture outside the comfort zone…and maybe meet someone who makes the latter years more fulfilling. Bless her heart, I feel–thus write–her anxiety!! 🙂


    1. Hahahahaha–I can’t see Bedelia making a big effort to get all fixed up, but you never know 🙂 She was a nervous wreck in the episode where she prepared for the Meet ‘n Greet. All depends on where Denise’s prompts lead the ongoing stories. Thanks so much for reading!

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  2. I’m with the others… the low-key urgency of a well-crafted serial story.

    (For the record: I agree with all that she could experience a new view of life, but not such a fan of people ‘doing whats best’ for others. A touch too much of the ‘I will help, whether you want it or not’. ya know?)

    PS Yeah, I was like this (story/reality blurring) over at Susan’s Serial Six.)


    1. Thank you, Clark–glad you agree with the conflict, people who want to press their “well meaning” help on others. I balk immediately, not wanting to feel “controlled” by those who think they know better what I need. Best wishes to you–stay safe and well.


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