Uncle Tom’s Ashes

Uncle Tom’s wishes when he died were quite clear; he wanted to be cremated.

‘Burned in me box’ to use his exact words. It said so in his will.

Trouble was, the will didn’t say what was to be done with his ashes.

So, naturally, it turned into a family feud…

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Genre: urban fantasy, women’s fiction

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Length: short story

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Excerpt:

Uncle Tom’s wishes when he died were quite clear; he wanted to be cremated. ‘Burned in me box’ to use his exact words. It said so in his will, found in the file marked ‘Government Junk’ in his rolltop desk.

Trouble was, the will didn’t say what was to be done with his ashes.

So, naturally, it turned into a family feud. And, in the way of family feuds, everyone eventually ended up on one of two sides.

Aunt Judy led one side. She was Uncle Tom’s younger sister. She had been the one who lived closest to him, and so it had fallen to her to check up on him in the last few years of his life. Not that she complained about it, mind you, she was quite happy to go and poke around his home under the guise of cleaning up and cook him meals that he didn’t like.

Or so Aunt Shirley said. Aunt Shirley was Uncle Tom’s elder sister, and warbled to all and sundry that Uncle Tom had frequently grumbled to her about Aunt Judy’s new-age minky-manky health-food garbage, and could Aunt Shirley come up from Brisbane and cook him a ‘decent steak an’ taters’. Aunt Judy hit the roof when she heard that and squawked back that Uncle Tom had never complained to her about her tuna and tofu casserole thank you very much!

And so it started.