Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Heirloom Raploch














Here’s another two-fer: The A to Z Challenge plus the Save-a-Word Saturday blog hops. Click on the links to learn more about them.

S-A-W word for today: Raploch – (noun) coarse, woolen cloth, made from the worst kind of wool, homespun and not dyed.

S-A-W theme: Weddings

AtoZ letter: R

The Heirloom Raploch

Stranger things have happened, so Starla didn’t say anything when Chandler gave her the raploch. It was old, more matted grey than luscious black, smelled of mothballs and was tattered in many places. She held it in one hand and stared at it, dreading the thought of putting such an old scarf against her skin.

“You can have it,” Chandler said, looking at Starla with his dark brown eyes that never quite landed on hers. “It was my grandmother’s.”

Tears moistened his eyes. Seeing this, Starla’s heart began to swell and sway inside of her in tune with the melody that resounded in its chambers. Forgetting about the moldy smell, the ratty look and the rough feel of its coarse material, she took it in both hands and held it just under her chin. “Chandler, I’ll keep this raploch forever.”

His deep brown face shaded darker with embarrassment, a protective reflex so as not to cry. Starla looked away out of respect. He gingerly lifted the raploch from Starla’s hands and wrapped it around her shoulders. “It was her mother’s, and I think her mother’s before that. I have no sisters… so it’s been mine since I was ten.”

Starla never met Chandler’s grandmother, since she died one week ago, the week Chandler came to stay with an elderly cousin, the week when Starla learned how his grandmother had been the most important person in his life.

And now Chandler gave Starla the raploch, his heirloom. There was no doubt that she would sleep with it every night until Chandler was officially hers. Imagining their wedding was easier now that she had a part of him with her.



31 comments:

  1. No wonder why it was so old. I keep something from my grandmother but it was hers only, not three generations.

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    1. You never know, he could have been a slob and lived with a bunch of moths too. :)

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  2. Nice combo today. You are a true Wordologist.

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  3. I wouldn't want to wear that type of wool.

    I liked the emotion in that piece.

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  4. A nice usage, touching usage. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside :)

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  5. I'll 2nd the touching storyline. Starla sounds like a Proverbs 31 woman to me.

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  6. This was really nice for such a small piece of writing. It makes me wish I could read more.

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    1. Yes, I usually like a cleaner ending, but good enough for this flash fiction piece and challenge. Thanks for stopping by, and congrats again on your book!

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  7. Great job on the two-fer. ;) I didn't know what a raploch was prior to today. ;) Beautiful story.

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    1. That word does seem to be dying out, as it's not in a lot of dictionaries. Glad you liked the story.

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  8. This is lovely, a nice reminder that the value of an item isn't in its beauty, but in its meaning.
    Kathy @ Swagger Writers

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  9. ...and imagine the stories tucked away in the folds of that raploch... priceless!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. You can imagine, can't you. That would be a book in itself.

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  10. Very indearing touching story! He obviously cared a great deal for Starla to have departed with the Raploch!

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  11. That was charming! And I learned a word. I loved the way you conveyed his emotion...and hers. Wonderful!

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  12. I never heard of raploch before. Love learning a new word. And this is another wonderful story. :)

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    1. A word that's dying out. Need to try and keep it alive!

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  13. very sweet short story
    not familiar with the raploch but the sentiment is clear

    happy A to Zing

    LadysKnight

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  14. You certainly have a full blogger's plate!

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  15. I had never heard that word before. The way you blended A to Z with S-A-W was masterful. Very sweet story.

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kristen. Glad you found this post way back here! :)

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