Posted by: Author | October 10, 2022

Tuesday Tales- October 11, 2022- Plant

This week, the writers of Tuesday Tales are writing to the word prompt, plant. I am still working on my Regency story. I am planning to kick its rear and finish in time to start something new for NaNoWriMo. Wish me luck!

Check out the other tales here

Daniel never thought he would find himself here again. His stomach obviously did not either since it was protesting as loud as his brain.

He wanted nothing more than to dash out of the parlor and down the steps to the street. Of course, he knew he could not do that. He was a grown man and had responsibilities to this family of his, much as he wished he did not. He looked yearningly toward the plant in the corner near the long windows overlooking the street. He used to hide there when he was a child and try to avoid the punishments his mother would mete out when Nanny reported misconduct to her. He always seemed to bear the brunt of his mother’s rage even when both he and his brother violated some rule of the house. His sister never got called down to the parlor at all. She spent her whole life being perfect.

Daniel snorted. Hardly. But Mother never knew—or if she did, she never punished the girl.

“Are you all right, Your Lordship?” The solicitor, Timmons asked.

His new status was going to take some getting used to. Captain was a term of respect from his crew, but Earl was altogether different. “Yes. I am fine. Just some memories flooding in. It has been an age since I was in this room.”

“So I understand. I know you went to war, but when you returned to England, you disappeared.” Timmons shook his head. “Never understood it, but I suppose you had your reasons.”

Not that he thought it was any of the man’s business, but Daniel responded. “A second son is expected to make his own way in the world. When I had to resign my Army commission due to my injuries, I bought a ship and became a trader. I heard of the birth of two sons to my brother and, as I was now certain not to be needed, I built a life at sea.”

“And tragedy struck the two infants and now your brother.”

The door opened and Daniel’s mother strode in. “And chances are, Timmons, this so-called son of mine would never have entered this parlor again if he had not been declared the earl as his brother’s heir.”

“Hello, Mother. I see you are just as charming as you ever were.” His stomach protested again. Being near this woman was painful. Always had been. He had never been good enough and now it was as if he were a twelve year old boy again. Standing in front of her, fearful of the rod.



  1. This is a powerful scene. My heart goes out to the man who was never good enough. Hoping things work out for the new earl.

    • Thanks Susanne. Weirdly, he seems easier to write than the heroine does.

  2. I’ve had situations like that, too. Must be channeling your testosterone. LOL

    • LOL!  For sure!! 

  3. OMG he’s back in his earldom! No wonder he went to sea– what a harridan he has for a mother. No warmth in that one- poor guy. That was so hard as a boy. I hope he’s able to pierce her ice or put her in her place. I feel for his brother’s two babies to die so young. Now how about Brandy?

    • Thanks, Flossie.  He is so much easier o write than Brandy but I am working on her angst today.  LOL!   And Poor Daniel. He has some decisions to make….

  4. Wow! Such a short snippet but it contains so much emotion and history! I’d like to slap that mother. She doesn’t deserve him. I love him. Glad he’s going to be an Earl and hope his mother meets with a fatal accident, and soon. So he can marry our heroine! Great story.

    • LOL!  You made me laugh with the turn you made on your comment.  From you love him to DIE MOTHER in a heartbeat.  LOL!  Love it!!! 

  5. How awful for poor Daniel. That would be wretched, to have a mother like that. I’d run away to sea too.

    • Yeah. And it gets even worse….. LOL!

  6. Ugh. I can feel his mistrust of being there. I really don’t like her. But now he’s an Earl! Wow! Great job!

    • thanks! And yes, he has some power now. Gonna be fun!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: