24hrFFC 15: The Lights Went Out

Posted: 16 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: The Lights Went Out
Word: sarcophagus
Challenger: Andy Nyman
Length: 200 words exactly

The end, when it came, was unexpected. The old man had been ill for so long and his demise had been predicted so often, only his family cared when he died, and they only because of the bequests.

To the oldest, of course, went the businesses: media organisations, entertainment companies, management consultancies and corporate structures that kept law firms busy on four different continents, with ambitions on a fifth.

The middle daughter was expected to supervise the charities and welfare foundations started long ago; the position of patron was never strictly an heriditary position, but nonethless no-one other than a family member had headed a charity with the family name attached in six generations.

The youngest would be expected to take on the art collections, the museums, and of course the family curse. An honourable thing, the last, linked to the sarcophagus of Pharoah’s fifth cousin twice removed Rameses-who-would-have-been-had-everyone-else-died-first XXXII, from a minor branch of the ancient Royal Family.

The widow of the deceased saw her children leave after the will was read, each set upon their destinies, and wept, for she knew the curse of inheritance was as nothing compared to the bane of possessing only your parents’ destinies.

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This is the fifteenth story in The Twenty-Four Hour Fast Fiction Challenge. There will be nine more stories… Sponsor me to complete them!

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