Opening the door to the attic, she entered what was once an artist’s studio.  Light from the rooftop windows revealed numerous unfinished paintings leaning against the walls.  Discarded rags smeared with turpentine and a rainbow of colours lay on the floor.  And standing proud, in the corner, a wooden easel housed a blank canvas.

“Locked himself in,” they’d told her.  “Went insane.”

She found herself strangely drawn to a paintbrush protruding from a pot.  Within seconds it was in her hand, pulling her towards the easel, before uncontrollably thrashing its angry strokes onto the canvas.

And she was lost.

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1 year ago

Attention to detail allows the reader to be there, in the studio. We’re fascinated with the paints and brushes, rags and colors, until … what a surprise ending! An amazing story, with just the right number of tiny clues. Great writing!

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

Wow, Linda. This story just grabbed me and would not let go. I love it!! Great picture, great word imagery, great understated but terrifying last line. A perfect 10!

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Linda Rock
1 year ago

Spooky is right! Your next story may be entitled “The Pen”, about a writer who was going to write a sweet little story, until the haunted pen took over! An autobiography  ?  ? 

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

Expressioning the expressionist  ? 

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Ooh, that’s dark Linda. Very gripping.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Linda Rock
1 year ago

Yes, it opens many doors doesn’t it ??

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Ha ha Carrie – you must be channeling Whizzbang! I guess Micro Stories open Golden Doors, don’t they?  ? 

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Carrie OLeary
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Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

?? nice one. Actually, it’s the inner Mab I’ve just been channeling, though Whizzbang did get a very brief mention.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

I love it, Linda. You got me engaged and I never expected the last line, which was terrifying.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Linda Rock
1 year ago

You’re welcome. Good write.

Lisa Gledhill
Lisa Gledhill(@lisa-gledhill)
1 year ago

Love your story! Especially the last line!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Linda, I enjoyed the descriptive first paragraph and could see the rags and easels in my mind’s eye. I was happily imagining myself painting in such a room… until your last line, not to mention the line “before uncontrollably thrashing its angry strokes onto the canvas”! It was totally unexpected. I might decide against taking up painting as a hobby any time soon ? This was very well written.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

As you say yourself in one of the comments, Linda, these extremely short stories “fire up the imagination” because they have to leave a lot unsaid. Your story certainly makes one wonder if the studio is haunted and what will happened to the artist. Great story!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Such a great story Linda, many congratulations 🙂

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Linda, on a story that gives me the shivers each time I read it! A well-deserved win.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

Congratulations. I’m glad my painter got out of the room. Yours had a much stickier end by the sound of it.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Linda, I feel so ashamed. How I missed your story I will never know, so please accept my sincere apologies and congratulations Linda, This is a wonderful touch of the unknown.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Linda! This was a fantastic story.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

A great story, congratulations. The words ‘went insane’ turns the story around and gives a great effect on the reader.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock1)
Reply to  Daisy Blacklock
1 year ago

Thank you Daisy. Yes, that was a clue of what was to come!

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