Microfiction challenge #11: Who goes there?

The image this week is a painting by Adriano Cecioni entitled: Interior with a figure.

It’s a painting I find slightly unsettling as it corresponds to a recurring nightmare that troubled me not too long ago. Is it grief or terror that has her crouching there? Is she hiding or simply too weary to stand? Is someone leaving, or are they about to appear? Is someone in the room that the spectator can’t see?

Write a short story using the picture, on the theme of

Who goes there?ย 



I know I’ve used this image to illustrate a short story before, but I can’t find it, so like you, I’m going to have to write a new one. Please post the link to your post in the comments before next Thursday. Happy writing!


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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.

34 thoughts on “Microfiction challenge #11: Who goes there?”

  1. You manage to find art I have NEVER seen before. This goes perfectly.
    How you find art I have not even heard of or ever seen not even once, well that is a talent as I thought I knew more than I obviously do! What a wonderful painting.

    1. I love it as a piece of art. The colours, the simplicity of the room, and the menace of that open door. I trawl through wikimedia commons looking at the artwork. i’ve found masses of paintings and painters I never knew existed.

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