Wedding Reception – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Al’s photo this week makes me think of
armies on the march, so my thought process evolved fairly naturally.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Al Forbes

Click here to hear the story read aloud by the author:
Wedding Reception

Weddings are great fun.
Not the church rubbish, or the boring speeches and stuff.
No, the bit after that, when the dancing starts.
And the fighting.
Actually I have been told that this doesn’t happen everywhere, but in Scotland it is kind of a tradition.
Especially in small towns, where everybody knows everybody.
Grudges are held, so old scores get settled.
By this time there have been a few toasts.
That really helps.
Then somebody looks at somebody else’s girl, or a comment is made, and they’re off.
Like the Wild West, sometimes.
Or large parts of Europe when old Julius Caesar was having a tantrum.
So I’m down here in darkest Ayrshire.
And it’s a mixed marriage*, so a battle is guaranteed.
I look around for a bit, and I am glad I brought the Uzi.

*In Scotland this means that one of the combatants is Protestant, the other a Roman Catholic.

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35 Responses to Wedding Reception – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Haha. You’d be surprised at the ‘Wild Canadians’ in Canada. You only have to see our hockey fans. I was just thinking in this day and age, women who are close to the bride would be upset at a groom who was like this too. I would be and my friends would be. We may not often throw punches but we can throw words as good as any sailor 🙂 And now and then well, I’ve seen it happen. Thankfully last weekends wedding was wonderful and the groom and his groomsmen were great guys. My bestie picked a good one 🙂
    Hugs again 🙂


    • ceayr says:

      I saw your photos on Facebook, it did look surprisingly civilised.
      And you, of course, looked delightful.

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      • mandibelle16 says:

        Thanks CE, it was somewhat civilized lol. The bride was good at keeping that in check. The groom could’ve been another story lol. Thank you for the compliment as well 🙂


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    I enjoyed this as well. It sounds like a very interesting wedding to be attending. I’m pretty sure the bridesmaids would get in there drunk and upset if they saw the groom checking out other women, other than the bride, or their husbands/boyfriends checking out other women. They can be just as vicious as those fighting guts or worse 🙂 The Uzi is excellent ‘thinking ahead.’ Hugs again 🙂


  3. Leaking Ink says:

    Squabbling at wedding- how very Indian of you 😂 Although the Uzi is taking it a bit far!


  4. Leave me out of any wedding where one of the guests brings an Uzi. Although I’ve never to been to one like that, I’ve heard some Irish weddings are like what you describe also. Good writing, C.E. 😀 — Suzanne


  5. I liked this slice of Scottish life. Very well written, Ceayr.


  6. Joy Pixley says:

    So are you suggesting that the fight I got into with my new husband at our (small town) wedding was due to my Scottish heritage? Eh, I’ll buy it. Although I could have sworn it was because we weren’t actually compatible. 😉


  7. Dear CE,

    Everyone has their own way of settling the score, don’t they? Darkly funny and subtly well told.




  8. We don’t do that kind of thing in Sussex! Mind you, that sounded fun.

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings


  9. michael1148humphris says:

    And a great time was had by all.


  10. Iain Kelly says:

    As one half of a mixed marriage (technically, both lapsed), I’m glad our wedding didn’t end this way! Sadly that religious separation does afflict the West of Scotland far too much. An Uzi may be the best solution, if a bit extreme! Loved this little snippet of home 🙂


  11. Scottish weddings sound like a lot more fun than all the weddings I’ve been to, if I’m being perfectly honest. Awesome story today!

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  12. Hello! Ooo, I loved that! Serious smile on my face 😀 Seems like Scotland weddings are the place to be to resolve old scores, create a few new ones and have a bloody good time… Until the’next’ wedding to do it all over again! … Great read 😃😃😃


  13. I can see that being a tradition in Scotland! Great piece 🙂


  14. Mandie Hines says:

    Hahaha This was a great piece. Thanks for the laugh!


  15. James says:

    Thanks for that peek into (at least some) weddings in Scotland.


  16. Welcome back CE. So glad you brought your Uzi hehe. There’s a few grudges that will be sorted permanent like.


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