January 11: Flash Fiction Challenge

January 11, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about wet ink. It can be artistic, writerly or something completely off-the-wall. Go where the prompt leads.

It was unique, a masterpiece and accolade to her artistry, the scrolls and attention to detail second to none.
When asked, she said the secret was in the ink.
In order to get the definition and blooming effect, the red ink had to be wet so that the coloured segments ran into each other.
Silk of course was the best fabric, though with sufficient care on cottons the effects could be produced almost as well.
No two garments would be identical, and she could name her price.
As she settled down to work, she pricked her finger and began.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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20 Responses to January 11: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Ohhhh, I love the last line. Bloody ink! Excellent. ❤

  2. Michael says:

    The secret was in the ink…..great line Di, loved this approach to the prompt.

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Such a beautiful homage to the artist. The way you follow up that she could name her price with the fact she draws her own blood drives home the impossibility of ever giving art a true price. Well done!

  4. Wonderful and that last line – wonderful surprise.

  5. Didn’t see that coming. Wow. Let it bleed.

  6. WOW! What an amazing, magical story. Absolutely loved it.

  7. Abby says:

    Wow. The secret was in the ink. I love this.

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  9. Norah says:

    Pricked her finger. What a way to paint on silk. Sounds like art to die for.

  10. Michael B. Fishman says:

    An interesting flash and I liked the twist at the end. It was not only fun, but it kept the story alive in my head for a few seconds because I started imaging what an artist who works in blood might look like.

  11. Nice story. The wet ink of creation.

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