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.

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. Very intriguing. Having just read another of your stories, Iain, I’m wondering:
    – is she the vampire who’s been convalescing in Scandinavia?
    – 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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    • 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.


  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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