Thankful for my Mother (and Glad I Don’t Have This One)

file5801272130943Mother’s come in all shapes and sizes–each one in different in their strengths and weaknesses. I am very grateful for the wonderful mother the Lord blessed me with. He knew that I would need a woman who was a good listener (after all, I am a born storyteller), patient, and a good example of a mother and wife. As I was writing my WIP, a different kind of mother came out. Be glad you don’t have this kind of mother!

(background: Meg is the king’s adopted daughter, but in reality she is his niece. As the king was dying, he revealed that he knew who she was for many years. Now he is dead, and Meg is dealing with wrath of her mother, who is actually her aunt.)



Now they sat alone in the dining room. The crackling fire to her right did little to comfort the chill in Meg’s body. The queen sat at the other end of the long table. Before the king’s death, he would have sat at the head of the table, while Meg and her mother sat on either side. Meg had been surprised when she came in and found two table settings at either end of the table.

She sat down her fork and cleared her throat. “The funeral is tomorrow morning. Is everything ready? Do you need my help with anything?”

“I think you have helped enough.” The queen’s icy tone was nothing new, but it still grated at Meg’s heart.

Meg pushed her chair back and walked around to the table, pulling out the tall, dark wood chair next to Queen Anaya.

The queen wrinkled her petite nose in obvious disgust.

“Tell me, Mother, why do you hate me so?”

The queen took her time setting the fork down and dabbing a cloth over her lips. She ran her tongue over her teeth before leaning in close to Meg, looking her straight in the eye. “Because you are your father’s daughter.”


About Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is being published as a 4-part serial! When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

2 comments on “Thankful for my Mother (and Glad I Don’t Have This One)

  1. So when she says “your father’s daughter,” does she mean Meg’s original father? Was he the king’s brother, or is Meg the daughter of the king’s sister? I’m intrigued!

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