Microfiction: A portrait

20 Jun

A touching short piece… the kind I love to write.

Jane Dougherty Writes

This is for my own prompt. It came out at exactly 200 words.

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The elderly gentleman stood ramrod-straight, hands clasped behind his back, heels perfectly aligned. A military training lasted forever. He admired the portrait in the shop, turned it over, looking for a price tag.

Fine-looking children. The thought popped into his head without warning and he shook it out again.

A finely executed work. He corrected himself and turned his head, searching for the owner. The eyes of the little girl in the portrait followed him. Her brother had nothing in his head; that was clear. A perfectly ordinary child. But the girl…He frowned.

Wrenching his attention from the painted gaze of the child, he walked stiffly through the shop, and asked, almost angrily, the price of the painting.

“The children? Not mine to sell, I’m afraid. The heirs are picking it up tomorrow.”

“The heirs?”


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Posted by on June 20, 2016 in writing


3 responses to “Microfiction: A portrait

  1. Jane Dougherty

    June 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for reblogging, Morgen 🙂

    • morgenbailey

      June 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      You’re very welcome, Jane. My pleasure. We had a few likes. 🙂

      • Jane Dougherty

        June 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm

        It all helps 🙂 Thank you!


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