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Her Masterpiece... Flash Fiction

The photo prompt for this week's Friday Fictioneers

(copyright Douglas MacIlroy)

He entered the room in the evening. He looked around trying to look at things through her eyes.
There was an artwork using delicate sea shells and pebbles. It looked beautiful to him just as it was.
But alongside lay more stones and a bigger shell. What had she planned to do with it, he tried to imagine.
She always jokingly referred to this artwork as her ‘masterpiece’. He knew she actually meant it.
The room was the way she had left it that night almost two years ago. She had wanted to work a little longer. He had insisted otherwise.

She never woke up the next morning.

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  1. Unfinished masterpiece... such sadness.. but maybe it's better in some ways.. the memories will be so much stronger by the questions.

    1. It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all...

  2. I read it twice and yes there was a sudden sadness that gripped me.....sorrow has its own beauty I guess

    1. Sorrow is a part of life... tragedy is when it takes over one's life...

  3. Poignant .... but such is the unpredictability of life.

    1. Thanks Amrit...
      'Kya Jaana Kab Marenge' - the unpredictability of life!

  4. Dear Nimi,

    There are always those 'what if's'. Nicely done.



    1. Thanks Rochelle. Pleasure that you visited my blog :)

  5. Sad finish on this one, well done.

  6. Oh! Didn't expect the sad end.
    Great writing!

    1. Thanks Indrani. Great to see your comment on my blog... Thanks again :)

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    1. Life is...
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Sandra...

  8. Didnt expect the ending. Well written !

  9. I like your take on this picture.

    1. Thanks Davinder...
      Special thanks for your support!

  10. An unexpected twist. Very well crafted.

    1. Thanks a lot. I am happy you like the way the story is spun :)

  11. Nimi, Good and realistic story. At least he has something to remember her by. Well written. :) --- Susan

    1. Thanks, Susan.
      Yes, it is good that he has something to remember her by. But his guilt has made a source of sorrow...


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