The Truth About the Chicago Fire – Take Two

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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Photo by Liz Young

“That must have been one hell of a party.”
“Rebecca! Language!”
“Oh, Father, really.”
“Don’t ‘Oh, Father me.'”
“Well, did I have fun?”
“If you consider drinking home brew with stable hands and smoking cigarettes with parlor maids fun then, yes, you had a splendid time.”
“Gosh, no wonder I feel a bit out of sorts.”
“Out of sorts. Do you remember milking Mrs. O’Leary’s cow?”
“Yes, you left the lantern in the shed. When the cow kicked it over all you said was, ‘It’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.'”
“God, I did have fun!”

  1. neilmacdon says:

    What a lovely take on the prompt

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    • Thanks. It took me two tries to post my story this morning – that’s why the Take Two. The original story had a link to the Great Chicago fire and an explanation that I was going on the light side today. No dead people, no poisoning. Thanks for reading, Neil.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Is that the true story of how the fire started? I know it started in a cow shed – it’s one hell of drunken night out to destroy a whole city!

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  3. Dear Lish,

    I’m glad to know what really happened. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well done. You set the era well with dialogue.



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  4. Dale says:

    Oh Alicia. This was truly a fun read.. Not that the great fire was fun but definitely your description of how it might have occurred was great!

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  5. She’s really going through teen rebellion.

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  6. Sarah Ann says:

    Love the character of Rebecca you paint here. What a minx.

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  7. Sandra says:

    Interesting take on the prompt, Alicia. Plenty of roast beef after that little episode.

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  8. wmqcolby says:

    “One night late, while we were all in bed
    Mrs. O’Leary hung a lantern in her shed
    And when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said,
    ‘There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.’ ”

    Yes, my mom taught me that. Interesting because the day she taught it to me, we got into a huge argument afterwards. No wonder that song brings pain. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Five out of five burnt ends.

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  9. draliman says:

    Sounds like a pretty good night out to me! Shame about Chicago…

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  10. jellico84 says:

    Oh, that was a funny one. Talk about ‘smoking’! loved it!

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  11. Liz Young says:

    Yeah – that would do it! Clever take.

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    Ha! She sounds like a great gal to have around! Great at a party, anyway. Nicely told tale and great dialogue ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Brilliant and such great dialogue.

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  14. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Fun story. I can feel her confusion.

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  15. Mike says:

    I sensed the date in your writing, which was great.


  16. trentpmcd says:

    I guess we know the truth about the Great Chicago Fire now, don’t we? Well done.

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  17. There’s been many fun stories on the photo prompt this week. This one could be added to the group.
    Love the fact that Rebecca has a hazy memory of the night before. There was a lot visual in your story. I enjoyed it very much, Alicia. Have a nice weekend.
    Isadora ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  18. Well at least it was a cow she milked and not the bull… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. rgayer55 says:

    Rebecca’s father certainly seems to be taking it well. Perhaps they made some smores.

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  20. plaridel says:

    i wonder what happened to the cow?

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  21. Michael Wynn says:

    That was a fun read, I like her spirit and strange lack of remorse.

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  22. Oh dear. I knew teenagers were hard work, but to burn down a whole city accidentally, is some fall out. I guess it would be worse to burn it down purposely. Either way, a good reason for her to disown her face for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well imagined, Alicia.

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  23. gahlearner says:

    She sure is the life of the party. That was a fun read, but the poor cows, is no one thinking about the poor cows? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. A fun read. I really enjoyed this.

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  25. HonieBriggs says:

    The headline read: Bad Girl Sets World On Fire. I like the calm father/daughter conversation. “Oh, pass the jelly, would ya, Dad.”

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  26. And now we know…the rest of the story! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  27. That is a great story, made me shake my head. ๐Ÿ˜€

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