100 word story: The procession

I’m sure there’s a perfectly serious story behind this rather wacko painting by Ilya Repin. If anybody else is tempted to interpret it, I’d love to read what you come up with.


Bejewelled and bedecked they trooped through the deep green light of the sea caves as if they were at court, accepting the homage of bass and flounder with blind arrogance, dead souls streaming from the wreck. Barnacles studded satins and silks; needlefish threaded through torn lace, bloodied and scorched.
โ€œWhere are you going?โ€ the wanderer asked.
โ€œTo see the new queen crowned.โ€
The voices trailed away into a gargle of bubbles as a chasm opened beneath their dead, mincing feet. The wanderer turned his face into the glittering morning sunlight, brilliant as a shoal of minnows, and continued his journey.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

18 thoughts on “100 word story: The procession”

    1. It reminded me of The Tempest. But when you look closely, the character with the fur hat is looking at a girl with a rather angry expression who appears to be refusing to leave the sunken ship. I think her story needs to be told. Will you do it?

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