Her Loveliness

janet webb

© Janet Webb

The Sun would be setting soon. The stage was set. The candle and amulet were in place, herbs were mixed and sealed in the urn. Most importantly the painting was there. It was unusual and very rare, the only one not cataloged as part of great-grandfather’s works. Maria had been great-grandfather’s lover for five decades. Enzo fell in love with her through reading his journals. The young man studied years to perfect the art. Tonight, on the eve of her death, Enzo would bring her to life out of the painting and in all her loveliness, she would become his.

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Lewis’ Friday Fictioneers writing challenge. The idea is to use the photo above to inspire a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is 100.

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.

41 thoughts on “Her Loveliness

    • It would be interesting to see how Maria reacts to being pulled out of her painting and the expectation that her lover’s great-grandson wants her as well.


  1. Whoa! I’m afraid now … VERY afraid of what’s about to happen. I like the atmosphere here. It really builds and the picture kind of offers a suggestion rather than an outright illustration. Very good, James!


  2. Falling in love with a person just by reading about them is something i have heard about. The next step , however, is so terribly scary. Especially , the idea of fetching them from another world .


  3. If he succeeds he will lose out on the person waiting for him in his dimension,who will be pulled into the past! Now you have got me thinking again🤕


  4. Very creative take on the prompt. I like the feel in this, the writing is dark and mysterious just like the painting.


  5. Obsessive love knows no reason. I’m sorry for the woman if he really succeeds in bringing her to life. Very thought-provoking story.


  6. Oh dear, I hope the paint doesn’t flake off or smudge and she emerges looking like a zombie D: My other thought is that I trust she’s not Enzo’s great grandmother (a family skeleton in the cupboard, perhaps, that he doesn’t know about?).
    I enjoyed this story, James, and long to know what ensues…dreadful as it might be.


  7. I don’t know about that. This bringing back from the dead thing sometimes goes terribly, horribly wrong. She’s liable to come back looking like something from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Good writing, James. 😀 — Suzanne


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