“Just simply wonderful,” June exclaimed. “You got her likeness spot on.”
The artist forced a smile – he was still in shock.
Donald walked in. His hands and pants were soiled with dirt.
“Just look again, Donald,” said June. “He captured Kathleen in a painting. Happy, joyous, alive.”
Donald looked as he began to open the windows to air out the room. “You’ve never done a family portrait like that have you?”
The artist stuttered: “Did you just bury her?”
“The family plot is on the grounds,” said Donald. “You saw her, she was a rotting corpse.”
“But a funeral service?”
“We had one already. I pulled her out for you.”
“For me? How long has she been dead?”
“Nearly a month.”
“A month?” The artist regarded the painting once more. “I did do a fine job I suppose.”
“Indeed,” said June. “Now pay the man, Donald.”
THE PAINTING OF A PROPPED ONE is my submission to the weekly writing challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/fffaw-challenge-week-of-march-28-2017/). This week’s photo prompt was provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you!
The goal: 75 to 175-word count. This stories word count: 175 words.
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