Sarah Ann Hall

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

#FridayFictioneers – 14/2/14 – Myriad Portraits

with 27 comments

It’s a very long time since I wrote any flash fiction. I’ve stared at the prompts and no stories or characters have flooded my brain forcing my fingers to tell their tales, until this week.


Each Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

Every Friday (or before) the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Visit Rochelle’s site for the rules on how to join in and check out the other stories by clicking on the blue guy.



Myriad Portraits

(Genre: Fictional reportage, 100-words)

Throughout married life, the artist painted many portraits of his wife. The colours used to depict her features, with varying prominence, depended much upon his mood. If sketched during a row, she appeared on canvas, green, mean lips framing gritted teeth. On good days, bulging blue eyes and peachy cheeks were usual.

As artist and muse tottered towards fragility, the hues muted to naturalistic shades, but all works share a commonality – an iridescent quality that no one since has been able to reproduce. Critics of a romantic bent suggest it is the lustre of their 60-year love match shining through.


Friday Fictioneers


Written by Sarah Ann

February 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

27 Responses

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  1. Oh Sarah this is excellent-a slice of romance topped with the cream of life-loved it on so many levels!Simply beautiful-the rich imagery,the emotion,the flow-great job:-)


    February 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • Thank you. 🙂 It didn’t start out as a romantic story, but I rarely have a say in what my characters decide to do.

      Sarah Ann

      February 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      • That’s true-mostly we don’t-they know where they want to go 🙂


        February 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    • That’s an excellent comment! Thank you. I’m glad you were able to see so much in it.

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  2. This takes the prompt to another level. 🙂


    February 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

  3. That’s so nice. Heaven.


    February 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm

  4. Good story and fitting for this time of the year. I liked that creative term “tottered towards fragility”.


    February 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    • Thank you. The theme and time of year were completely coincidental, or my subconscious is more influential than I give it credit.

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  5. Nice take on the prompt – liked it.


    February 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    • Thank you. I’m not sure how it got that ending. This story definitely had ideas of its own.

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  6. Dear Sarah,

    A tender take on the prompt. A nice way to chronicle 60 years of marriage. Well done. And nice to see you here.




    February 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

  7. Hi Sarah Ann,
    It was great to see a story celebrating long lasting love. I liked the way the arc of the story was developed by describing his paintings. Ron


    February 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • Thanks Ron. The story didn’t start out as a love story. The artist was far to irascible. He must have mellowed with age, thankfully.

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  8. I can only imagine the life story all those portraits would tell.
    Nice take on the prompt!


    February 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    • Thank you. If only we had more words to describe the other portraits…

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  9. An interest take – and on Valentines Day – very appropriate too 🙂

    Eric Alagan

    February 16, 2014 at 1:44 am

    • Thanks Eric. I don’t do Valentine’s day – this was definitely a story that chose its own ending.

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  10. Your staring at the prompt has resulted in a profound thought and question – about the mystery and nature of love. You’ve stared something of your own uniqueness as a writer into being. (Flushed it out with that red stuff). It’s interesting you’ve used the word iridescent, which comes from ‘iris’ (of the eye). Both you the author and your painter character have used your eyes in this work. 🙂 P S I download the prompt on Wednesday and let it tell me what to write – sometimes by Friday, it’s been completely written in my head. But my stories are nearly always close to the bottom of the list! Ann


    February 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    • Thank you for the wonderful comment. It’s always great to hear what others think. I spend so long trying to get a story to work that I often miss the theme/ any deeper meaning along the way.
      I always look on Wednesday too, but it always takes some time for the ideas to come. Usually before sleep something useful will arrive, that I then forget by the time I wake. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  11. fabulous take on the prompt.. i loved the various ways he had captured her. 🙂


    February 17, 2014 at 3:47 am

    • Thanks, kz. I’m not sure his wife was keen on some of the portraits!

      Sarah Ann

      February 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

  12. Let’s here it for longevity! Great story and I really did enjoy it. Good job! Nan

    Nan Falkner

    February 17, 2014 at 5:44 am

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