The Friday Fictioneers is a writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!
When He Paints
When he paints, unwelcome memories creep to the forefront of his mind.
Once he was powerful, his art ruled the world. The fell creatures he painted came to life and did his bidding. An army of monsters conquered his enemies until the one came who smote his troops and banned the foul creatures out of the realm of the just. For just she is.
“You may live,” she said. “With your power you shall do good in atonement for your deeds.”
He surprised himself by feeling shame.
Now, constantly watched, he paints birds and flowers, fertile gardens, a healed world.
I’m still having fun with the more darkish tales, but the lovely paintings in the image don’t deserve being on the dark side.