GATHERING AT THE CAFE ROUGE

Typical.

Hours of practice on facial proportions, angles and shadows wasted.

She’d spent so long getting the nose and mouth just right on each person in the scene.

She sighed and mixed the colours. Plenty of medical light blue for most. A couple of brighter hues for the more imaginative people.

A small rectangle added to each face, two or three strokes enough to obliterate all her previous effort and detail.

Once all were festooned, she stepped back and looked at the scene.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was life.

A word added to the title: ‘Masked Gathering at the Cafe Rouge’.


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Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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). Come on everyone, just wear a mask.

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


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96 thoughts on “GATHERING AT THE CAFE ROUGE

  1. I think about that when I see videos or read stories or other ways wearing masks in public is being immortalized. Also, the contrast with people who don’t wear masks. With the unprecedented way things are document, it will be an odd, confusing time to look back on.

    The subtle melancholy is well painted in this story.

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  2. Spot on, lain. I’ve always wanted to use that line. LOL
    Seriously, well done. I enjoyed it. It’s very true an artist (as a career artist)
    is never satisfied with their work even when it’s all done. Usually, selling
    the artwork gives the satisfaction. Have a super safe weekend …
    Isadora 😎

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