Microfiction challenge #13: Woman in the sun

I relented. Today’s prompt was going to be something in keeping with yesterday’s mood—funereal. I’ll keep that for another time. This painting, by Caspar David Friedrich, is a pretty strange one so it will do very nicely for a prompt. Who is this woman in her gown and hairdo that make me think of a fantasy queen? What is she doing? Invoking the sun or some other deity? Grieving for someone, something? Is it dawn or sunset?


The theme words are:

Dawn sunset worship magic power regal

Write a short story with your interpretation and post the link in the comments before next Thursday.

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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.

47 thoughts on “Microfiction challenge #13: Woman in the sun”

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      1. I’ve had a lot of thoughts on it because I’ve really got into your story and I feel I’ve sent you off on red herrings, against your better judgement. I’ll get something down for you when I get back from the market.

  2. Thanks so much Jane! I really appreciate your input. If you’re up to another read, I reposted a version based on your suggestions — though it did grow in length sorry. I’m not feeling snippy right now.

    1. I couldn’t see anything to pick on in this story. It says everything that needs to be said and slips in the necessary backstory without it being obtrusive, and ends on a note of mystery.

    1. It could be a story though. Depends if you want to add the final ingredient. Doesn’t matter if you don’t, it’s a fine cameo of two people walking together and stands in its own right.

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