Sliver (100 Word Story)

stichTremulous fingers pluck the stitches of a crudely attired heart. One false move and the organ will surrender entirely. She proffers up an anemic sliver to the barista at her favorite cafe and another to a man repining at the bar. Weary eyes offer only the staccato apology of dismissal. Night will bring the savage heat of spring. Dawn the garish embellishment of aphotic stars. There is pain in vulnerability, pain in rejection, pain in the migration of lovers to more sanguine models. She is old now and gathered like the pleats of a vintage skirt, still the quest for love remains paramount.

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The woman in the image is not as old as I intended but the picture felt right. This story is actually for the prompt I am not sure if it provides an adequate hint but there you have it

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44 responses to “Sliver (100 Word Story)

  1. “She is old now and gathered like the pleats of a vintage skirt, still the quest for love remains paramount.”….oh that last line. Breath taking.

  2. life is pain…the threat of it…the risk of it as we give away bits of ourselves in each person we come in contact with…risking the rejection…what would we have though if we did not…

  3. That’s brilliant! I’m not sure what it means for the prompt – you definitely have me intrigued, but the way you describe her search for love is so unique, really, really special! 🙂 🙂

  4. Oh so brilliant MLM! “She is old now and gathered like the pleats of a vintage skirt, still the quest for love remains paramount.” This could be me!
    Sorry I haven’t been round for a good while – PC probs – now resolved with a gratefully received used but nevertheless excellent replacement.
    That said, real life would have probably meant an absence too…
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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