IN THE VEILED LIGHT

In the veiled light he looks magnificent.

He stands out from the gathered well-off, ignoring the art around them.

She wills him to look her way.

For too long she has desired from afar. For too long he has ignored her.

Tonight he will not escape her web. She knows his fiancée is out of town. She knows the dress she wears is one that appeals to his taste.

She checks herself, a deep breath and moves towards him.

As she strides, the dappled light casts shadows across her face, her smile shifts from glowing to malevolent and back again.


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Copyright Roger Bultot

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

100 responses to “IN THE VEILED LIGHT”

  1. I see she’s oiling her traps.

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  2. I’m wondering to who does she look malevolent?

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    1. Towards him, and more generally too. Think Black Widow Spider…

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  3. Subtle menace here. Well done

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    1. He should – head for the exit before she even gets to him…!

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  4. Whew. That last sentence is so naughty. 🙂

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  5. Can he resist her wily ways?

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    1. I do hope he can or he’s a goner!

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  6. I’m sure that he can resist… let he be bitter knowing she has failed.

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    1. It’s nice to think he would. Thanks Bjorn

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  7. Clever references to light and shadows to create the menacing atmosphere.

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  8. If he doesn’t see it, he’s cooked…

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    1. Even if he does, can he resist – men are so easily led… 🙂

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      1. I didn’t want to assume… 😉

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  9. She could be a Black Widow twice over.

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    1. Definitely. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  10. She is weaving a tangled web which I hope he can escape. Romance with menance.

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  11. I believe his art is a trap to catch her. Netted by her own web. Lovely

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    1. Interesting perspective. Thanks Michael

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  12. A bit of a cougar methinks! Nice one. Have a great year Iain, keep up the good work and thank you for your loyal support.

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    1. Thank you Keith, same back at you!

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  13. A femme fatale indeed. I do hope he’s dreaming of his fiancee right now.

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    1. Hopefully he has her at the front of his mind. Thanks Christine.

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  14. I loved the imagery, especially in your last sentence. Beautiful writing, and I thought she was quite Black Widow-like!

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    1. Thank you Jan, glad you saw that in her.

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  15. But only time will tell who is the predator, and who is the prey!

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    1. She certainly believes she is in control, but is she?

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      1. Eggjaktly. The tables, as we all know, can turn very quickly.

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  16. A predator at play. Hope he gathers his wits and runs…

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    1. Thanks Natasha, hopefully he is strong enough to resist her charm.

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  17. She must be a succubus! Someone, warn him!😨

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    1. He’s such an innocent…!

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  18. She sounds like a real black widow. I hope he stays strong!

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    1. I can’t decide, but I’m thinking he might not make it out alive..

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  19. Hell hath no fury …… He had it coming 🙂 Great build-up and word pictures, Iain.

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    1. Thanks Neel, appreciated.

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  20. She sounds very sinister, very intense.

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    1. I think it may not be her first time.

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  21. This is an excellent portrayal of a predator.

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  22. Ooh, sinister! I like it!

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    1. Thank you Clare 🙂

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  23. Dear Iain,

    I hope he sees the trickery and runs. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  24. I love the shifting face. Very nicely done.

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  25. She should beware lest this prey bites back!

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    1. True Penny, perhaps he is not so innocent a victim as he appears.

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  26. Dating was a lot simpler / less pretentious when I were a lad…

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    1. It’s a confusing world out there now.

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  27. beware of a woman scorned. by this time, i think she has run out of options.

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    1. It’s her final play for sure.

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  28. Very intriguing. Having just read another of your stories, Iain, I’m wondering:
    – is she the vampire who’s been convalescing in Scandinavia?
    and
    – are you developing a “thing” about lustful females?
    No need to answer – I’m happy to stay in the dark.
    Good story.

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    1. Haha thank you. Well, lustful females make for interesting characters and ‘villans’, and I was certainly aiming for a vampire-like character, but basing it on human reality rather than the supernatural.

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  29. The things a black widow has to do these days to flirt… 😎 Nice menace in this one, Iain.

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    1. Haha, thanks Kelvin 🙂

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  30. Ooooooo terrific piece.
    I can sense her hunger

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    1. Thank you Laurie 😉

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  31. Wonderfully written. She looks tough, I am concerned about the gentleman and his fiancé.
    A Happy New Year to you and your family, Iain.🙂

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    1. And to you Moon, thank you 🙂

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    1. It’s a great word. Thanks Scott.

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  32. I hope he was paying attention to her expression. He might not last the night. Good story

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    1. Thank you so much Susan.

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  33. It sounds like the perfect trap, unless he’s loyal and disappoints her. He’s hoping.

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    1. He may surprise us yet! Thanks Sascha.

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  34. Oops….that’s supposed to be : here’s hoping.

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  35. I see more than lust at play. Shifting face of malevolences makes she wants more than just his heart. Well written, Iain.

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    1. Thank you Fatima – she does indeed!

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  36. I’m praying for the man, “Please let true love win out.” I too liked the word malevolent

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    1. Thank you so much Dan.

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  37. Ooh, evil on the move. She’d give a Black Widow competition. Good writing, Iain. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  38. I could see the whole thing happening right in front of me! Awesome

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    1. Thank you Dahlia 🙂

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  39. Yikes! Run, run, as fast you can!

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    1. And yet he doesn’t seem to be hurrying away…

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  40. She’d better stay out of the shadows if she wants her daring plan to work. Poor bloke. I don’t think he stands a chance.

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    1. Hopefully he sees her coming. Thank you Sarah Ann.

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  41. I wouldn’t like to meet her! I especially liked the ‘gathered, well-off’. This image seems to have brought out the sinister and strange in many of us!

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    1. Thanks Rachel – perhaps that is a sign of good art, that it provokes such differing ideas. 🙂

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  42. Maybe he might be the one that got away. Nicely done.

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  43. I feel a little scared for him.

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  44. Oooh, creepy, in a romantic way ! Felt I was in the crowd watching this happen. Nice one.

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  45. Can’t see this ending well for the guy. Nice, dark tale, Iain.

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  46. […] This story hopefully stands on it’s own merit, but is also a continuation of my entry from last week’s prompt: IN THE VEILED LIGHT. […]

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