Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#VisDare 26 – Engraved – A Life Lived

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Here’s my entry into this week’s VisDare Challenge from Angela at Anonymous Legacy.


150 words – or less.
Post entry to your blog and “link in”.
No blog? Post your 150 words in the comments.
(Please – no erotica or graphic violence.)
DON’T FORGET to read and comment on others’ entries!!
As always – thanks for participating!


A Life Lived (146 words)

Every line of Pascal’s face tells a story, and shows the world how much he has loved and laughed. Each joke shared around the family table is etched there. Every time his hand was held, or his heart lifted, a new smile line was carved. The deepest crows’ feet were incised the day his first child was born. And his outdoor life has tanned his skin to a bronze hide, fixing and exhibiting the pleasures of his existence.

Pain and sorrow are evident too, but more subtly, as Pascal would never allow torment to rule him. The frowns that formed as he worried about not being able to provide faded when a new job arrived. The tears that swelled his eyes, at the loss of his parents and brother, dried. But nothing will ever smooth the crease inscribed on his forehead the day his firstborn died.




Written by Sarah Ann

July 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Really well-written for the photo prompt. Last sentence was so deeply moving


    July 3, 2013 at 1:48 am

    • Thank you. I’m glad you found it moving. I wasn’t sure it was too rushed at the end – that’s the problem with word limits. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      July 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  2. This is beautiful Sarah, even the name Pascal suits this lovely old gentleman. You have covered the ‘lines’ of his life well.


    July 3, 2013 at 2:23 am

    • Thanks Jenny. I’m glad you liked his name too. I’ve always had a soft spot for Pascal. 🙂 Pity I don’t know one.

      Sarah Ann

      July 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  3. So beautiful. The last line was definitely the clincher. Well done!

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