When He Paints – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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!

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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.

(100 words)

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.

55 thoughts on “When He Paints – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. You’ve written an excellent story, Gabi. It’s really original, with a lot of depth to the thoughts behind it. I find the idea of atoning for great wrongdoing by having to create beauty a fascinating one.

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  2. I liked the lighter side of this one. In a way it kinda described what the SSRI’s did to me. Took away that part of me that is creative and replaced it with “zombie”. I’m so glad to have stepped away from that and I will NEVER go back. Loved this story, Gay.

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  3. There’s some dark hints in those monsters but you softened it with ‘he surprised himself’; a lot of story packed in those 100 words.


  4. Lovely. Here is a lifetime punishment. I wonder does he feel any joy from the reactions of those who buy his art? The idea of his work coming to life in past destruction to current gentleness is lovely. Well done.

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  5. What a perfect outcome. The evil one gets to contribute to the common good thanks to the wisdom of the ruler who saw the potential in him. Wouldn’t it be nice if the world worked that way more often? Lovely.

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