This week’s challenge was to write 150 words using the picture as our prompt. Here’s the 148 word piece I came up with.
She is There and I Am Not.
One final glance before I leave this place. I know that I should feel pity for the woman responsible for my freedom and yet all I feel is relief.
She stopped to look upon me almost every day for five long years. Five years of incarceration beneath oil and paint, dust and grime. Frozen in time, unable to move, but witness to every kind of human being. Bored runny-nosed brats, rich imbeciles and poor philistines. An unending trail of hollow-eyed magpies looking for a shiny prize to adorn their nest.
From the moment I saw her, timid little dog in tow, I knew she would be my saviour. Each day, the longing looks, the tears and whispered words, until today, she took off a glove and dared to touch the canvas.
Now she is there and I am not. The painted lady set me free.
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