365 Days of Writing Prompts – January 14th

short storiesRipped from the headlines. Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you.  Now, write a short story based on the article?

The newspaper headline that I want to pick for this writing task is from the Daily Mail and reads:

‘She’s humiliated and so upset’: As she recovers in hospital, French public say they want First Lady Valerie kicked out of palace.

Now here I am standing before you as the spurned wife (not really) but say I was.. would the NHS give me a bed to stop my humiliation and because I was so upset?  If my partner decided to play away from home, could I rely on the infinite resources of the NHS to pamper me 24/7 because I bet Valerie Trierweiler is in no mixed ward, pressing a bell and waiting for bloody ages for a bed pan. Yes I know she is probably paying Private for this treatment.. but come on.. surely if humiliation and shock of a broken heart are deemed to be medical illnesses.. what is good for the goose is good for the gander.. Can our NHS add these two new illnesses clinics to their out-patients appointments?

Like many other people in this world who have been spurned or hurt by their lovers.. they just get on with it.. they dig deep, get over the hurt and move on.. Some people find it hard to move on and may have to resort to medical help by their GP.. but seriously, unless you are such showing signs of suicide, you would be sent home with a prescription for drugs..

No, not in the case of Valerie Trierweiler, she has been taken under the wing of the nice doctors and nurses and is having 24/7 care to help her through her humiliation and upset.

What about the thousands of women, who find their husbands have played away from home, not once but for the umpteenth time.. do they get the luxury of private care? No, they are left to face the heartache.. plead for the Department of Work and Pensions, to give them some money, because the breadwinner has finally decided to take himself and his dosh to his new love… whilst at the same time playing mum and dad to the children he has left behind.

So why is Valerie Trierweiler, so upset.. could it be that the reality has sunk in that maybe just maybe, she will no longer have people at her beck and call?.. She will no longer have aides helping her because she might not be the First Lady of France no more should Hollande decide that he loves the actress more than the First Lady.. Come to think of it .. he doesn’t have much of a track record with women does he.. his last partner he never married yet was glad to bring into the world four children with this woman..before moving on to Valerie Trierweiler.

I bet she is upset.. what with visits to the USA on the agenda.. cos if she is to be cast aside like many women are cast aside daily… it will be a bit of a bummer to realise that she might not be having cosy chats with the First Lady of the United States of America.

And what if the rumours hitting Twitter are true, that the woman who he is supposed to have played away from home with.. is pregnant.. oh my god France that could send your First Lady in a downward spiral and you could end up paying forever and a day for her to be pampered to by your health service…

First ladies are supposed to lead by example.. they are supposed to be a tower of strength.. they are supposed to put on the war-paint, fake a smile and act as if nothing is wrong… First Ladies only go to hospital when they are ILL not when they are unloved and cheated on.

Cartoon Courtesy of Peter Brookes of The Times

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