Frances and Frances

Posted on September 13th, 2013 in Fiction Friday, Just For Fun, Stories




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“Frances is the best dresser,” one secretary gossiped to the other,

Under the cover of the grand black umbrella of Cafe North.  ”Frances always has the best clothes, freshly pressed and smelling like daisies.”

“Did you see Frances’ new patio?” the other gushed, fanning herself with a menu.  ”If there’s a deal, you know Frances will find it!”

Passing the break room, the air was thick with chocolate.  ”Thank Frances,” chortled a boss, reaching for a perfectly chewy, never gooey, brownie.  ”If only Frances would give my wife cooking lessons!” another manager sighed, picking up a cookie.  ”I’d be a happy man every night and day!”

Across the building, one man high-fived another.  ”Did you see the game last night?”

“Frances had court side seats.”

“No kidding? Son of a gun!”

The other man nodded.  ”Ready for the gym? Frances is waiting.”

“Of course.”  The two men hurried down the hall to the gym, stopping by the locker room and remerging only seconds later.  ”Hey, you up for raquetball?” An engineer waved.  ”Frances got us a room!”

The men whooped and hurried over.  ”Hey Frances,” one asked, pulling open the glass door to the tiny cube.  ”Can I borrow your truck this weekend?  I got to move some plywood.”

“Sure.”  Frances turned and blew a tuft of hair out of her eyes.  ”Anytime.”

After she showered, Frances dressed and climbed four flights of stairs in her practical flats to the communications floor, as far from the engineers as they could get.  She sauntered through the aisles and propped her hip on the desk.  ”Hey Frances, great cookies!” a woman called, hurrying by with a stack of papers.

“Thanks.” The man next to her smiled up at his wife.  He pulled open a drawer and handed her a tupperware container, which she promptly ripped the lid off of, reaching for the cookies inside.  ”Your favorite.  Chocolate chip.”

She took a bite and moaned, closing her eyes.  ”God this is good.”

“Ready, darling?” He reached for his satchel.  ”We have to go to the decorators’ before dinner.”

She groaned, brushing the crumbs off on her pants.  His eyes widened but he merely pressed his lips together.  ”Now darling, you know we need to pick out the tile for the kitchen redo.”

“Ok, ok.”  Popping him a quick smack on the butt, she grinned at his gasp.  ”Let’s go. Steaks?”

“I was hoping for pasta and salad.  Something light.”  Arm and arm, they started toward the stairs.

“Bye Frances!” the secretary called.

Both raised their arms in farewell.

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22 Responses to “Frances and Frances”

  1. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    This is adorable, Duckie! :)

  2. ladyfi Says:

    A wonderful story.

  3. Tamara Says:

    Ha, cool! Sounds like they’re both very well-rounded.

  4. JDaniel4's Mom Says:

    I love the flow of the dialog. Sweet story!

  5. Georgina Says:

    Oh my goodness what an interesting twist! I loveeee your stories! xo

  6. Petty Witter Says:

    Sorry but gave me a steak man over a pasta and salad man any time.

  7. Natasha Says:

    Such an awesome story with a great flow.

  8. Pam Says:

    Ah… there are two of them!

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Says:

    Hehe what a great story Duckie! :D

  10. Kim of A Very Sweet Blog Says:

    I need a Frances in my life!

  11. Dancing Branflake Says:

    I love this sweet blurb!

  12. Akaleistar Says:

    Love the twist!

  13. Marjie Says:

    Everyone needs some help, right?

  14. joeinvegas Says:

    Oooo – chocolate chip cookies!

  15. Carla Says:

    Great story! I love how there was a twist at the end and how the couple compliment each other so well. It actually reminds me a little of my own home. Most of our marriage my husband has been a stay at home dad as that suits our personal styles better.

  16. mademoiselle mode Says:

    Lovely story really :)


  17. Sue Says:

    Great story Duckie – a little role reversal :)

  18. Barbara Says:

    Does Francis hire out?

  19. Tina Bradley Says:

    Lovely story! I’m craving a chocolatey chocolate chip cookie for some reason… ;) Hugs & joy, T.

  20. Joanne Says:

    Such a cute and engaging story!

  21. mademoiselle mode Says:

    Have a nice week :)


  22. Charlotte Says:

    Very imaginative! Loved the twist (didn’t realize there were two, though that sounded incredibly exhausting for just one person to be behind it all!)

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