Wednesday, October 20, 2010

madwoman of willow manor


'Can you believe it?'
'Quite bizarre. Storming into the art gallery like that. Like Ethel Merman in a library.'
'No Bidness Like Art Bidness. But you have to know Tess.'
'I don't want to know her. You're not going to sing are you?'
'No. I do. And I love her madly.'
'She had no right. Madwoman.'
'She had every right.'
'"I put that bullet through the frame," she yells.'
'Well, when someone tries to claim credit for...'
'And to whip out that white spray paint, hurdle the silk rope, and scribble...'
'What else could she do? Imagine your fury if someone took credit for something that belonged to you?'
'But she ruined her painting. Beautiful mirror impression - The Gathering Dust - loved that title.'
'Yes. 2.6 million little dollars making a beeline for the drain. I was next to her. Saw the lines of sorrow in her face.'
The lights go down row by row at the gallery, single white bulbs dangling from silver stems. They stare at an empty hole in the yellow-chafed wall. Closing time.
'That woulda bought a whole mess of new framed mirrors.'
'Or bullets. Madwoman.'

14 Comments:

Blogger Walnut and Pearl said...

Leaves questions, but just enough questions. Leaves us wanting to know more. A well-sketched story!

10/20/2010 9:51 PM  
Blogger Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Dat Tess..she sounds like one saucy dame :)

10/20/2010 10:18 PM  
Blogger Doctor FTSE said...

Yes, a good story. Few responses to the prompt have examined the picture closely . . and made something interesting of the observations.

10/21/2010 3:00 AM  
Blogger The Bug said...

This was a lot of fun - I could just see her vaulting over the rope LOL.

10/21/2010 8:33 AM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

What an image!

mirror at crossroads

10/21/2010 11:11 AM  
Blogger Bee's Blog said...

Oh what fun!

10/21/2010 1:00 PM  
Blogger kathew said...

great read great Magpie!

10/21/2010 1:39 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

A great read, I loved it. :-)

My Magpie

10/21/2010 5:12 PM  
Blogger Reflections said...

Nice read, just enough mystery to want to find out what happened next... well done.

10/21/2010 11:41 PM  
Blogger willow said...

The Gathering Dust. Good name for Willow Manor, actually! Fun piece, Phil.

10/22/2010 9:21 AM  
Blogger Gabriela Abalo said...

wow, impressive imaginary!!

great take on the theme.

thanks for stopping by my place

10/22/2010 7:36 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

hehe. defacing her own fame,
but think there is more riches in tha name...smiles.

10/22/2010 9:11 PM  
OpenID senderupwords said...

Nice Mag. Love and Light, Sender

10/23/2010 1:15 PM  
Blogger signed...bkm said...

reminds me of the chinese proverb..."he who seeks revenge, needs to dig two graves"

nice flow to the story with deep moral to it...bkm

10/23/2010 5:06 PM  

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