Decision Time at Hyde Park


“Eleanor, let him be” commanded the older woman, “and begin to accept that he’s an invalid now!”

Ignoring the gloomy advice offered by Franklin’s mother, Eleanor concentrated instead on the man propped up in the bed and staring silently out an open window. Polio had withered his legs but not his ambition, and his mother’s words challenged him. The firm set of his jaw and the determined thrust of his chin gave evidence of an unquenchable spirit.

“So, Eleanor,” he said, turning from the window and appraising her readiness, “are you prepared to be my legs?”


Note – written in response to Lillie McFerrin Writes ‘Five Sentence Fiction’ challenge. The word prompt: open.

About Kate Loveton

Aspiring novelist. Avid reader of fiction. Reviewer of books. By day, my undercover identity is that of meek, mild-mannered legal assistant, Kate Loveton, working in the confines of a stuffy corporate law office; by night, however, I'm a super hero: Kate Loveton, Aspiring Novelist and Spinner of Tales. My favorite words are 'Once upon a time... ' Won't you join me on my journey as I attempt to turn a hobby into something more?
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34 Responses to Decision Time at Hyde Park

  1. JC says:

    I have always been fascinated by Franklin and Eleanor. Nice picture also.

  2. willow1945 says:

    And that’s what Eleanor did! They’re such inspirational, fascinating people. Well done, Kate.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      She did, indeed! She traveled the world and always reported her findings to FDR. Eleanor was a remarkable woman, and FDR always inspires me. So nice to hear from you, Willow. 🙂

  3. Nicely done! You’ve captured so much in a single moment.

  4. I’m running out of superlatives to use for your work, Kate. Fantastic, once again! ❤

  5. Julia Lund says:

    Sometimes less really is more. Captured beautifully again, Kate.

  6. markbialczak says:

    Saying so much with well-chosen words, Kate. You’re a master.

  7. Astounding! Can you see me smile? A peek through the key hole. 😀 ❤

  8. Glynis Jolly says:

    I majored in Sociology/Socail Work in college. One of the papers I did was on Eleanor Roosevelt. FDR couldn’t have been President without this woman (in my opinion). She’s the one who got more of the programs started that help get the U.S. out of The Depression. At times she was known to be overbearing, but without her, the U.S. wouldn’t have come out on top again.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      I don’t think FDR could have done it without her, either. I’ve always adored Eleanor. She had such a tragic childhood, and FDR quite broke her heart whens they were a young married couple… and yet she decided to reach past her own unhappiness and the limitations of society and do something for others. What a heroine!

  9. Great! We both love these two. They sure were a team.

  10. Couldn’t be better, Kate, and really resonates after watching “The Rosevelts.” You are one fine writer.

  11. wildbilbo says:

    This is great piece – a small insight into the strength of the man and his wife. Nice work.

  12. Well done, Kate…as always.

    Best to You


  13. Once again, you’ve nailed it, Kate. Amazing.

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