Sunday Writing Prompt “Rorschach Test”

The challenge:
Compose a story or poem around what you see in this Rorschach test. Alternately include this image in a story or poem example Patient X believes the above image contains a prophecy intended just for him and strives to bring that prophecy to fruition as per his sacred duty. Have fun!
It was his 42nd birthday.
Nothing special or noteworthy, so he was somewhat surprised to see an envelope postmarked from his home town in a hand he didn’t recognise.
He left it to last, opening the three other pieces of mail, two of which were greetings, the third his phone bill. He tossed it on the table with a sigh.

The envelope was quite ordinary, the handwriting neat and precise, probably written by a woman.
Intrigued, he opened it and turning it over, nearly dropped it as if it was red hot.
His mind rolled back over a quarter of a century to a traumatic time in his life.
Young love, his first, and she had dealt him a vicious blow as deadly as cutting out his heart.
She was older than he, more worldly and experienced, but she changed the boy he was into a man and he had high hopes for their future.
So did she, but she married his father for financial gain and expected to continue their illicit love affair. There was a huge argument and he left, hopefully his father never realising the true reason behind his departure.

The greeting inside was as precise as the handwriting.
She said his father had died several months before, she had missed him and wanted to meet up with him again.
He looked at the image on the card, seeing a reflection of man and son, united but being pulled and swallowed by a single entity.
He’d loved his father, and no doubt his occasional correspondence had been received, how else would she have known his address?
He tore the card in half and put it in the trash.
He would not sully his father’s memory.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour 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! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt “Rorschach Test”

  1. TammyB says:

    I love this as a prompt. I did it with a group of young writers for a retreat a couple years ago. Super fun!

  2. such a sad story. I’m glad he didn’t give her the satisfaction

  3. Sadje says:

    Good imaginative story.

  4. Fandango says:

    Great interpretation of the image.

  5. joyroses13 says:

    Good for him in making the right decision!!

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