Microfiction challenge #16: Lovers

The painting for this week’s challenge, entitled ‘Lovers’, is by Felix Nussbaum. What intrigues me about it is the contrast between the title and the calm night sky, and the couple themselves who appear to be hurrying, leaning on one another, or is one leading the other? There’s an urgency in their movement and I wonder what they are hurrying away from, or towards. What is behind the long, stark wall, and what does the tower signifyโ€”a church perhaps, without a cross though?

Write a short (say 200 word) story based on this scene and post the link in the comments box. If you could get them in by next Wednesday that would be ideal as I might not be around at the end of the week.

Have fun!



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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.

37 thoughts on “Microfiction challenge #16: Lovers”

  1. This is such a lovely painting. I’d never heard of the artists before, but I’ve just googled him and what a short, tragic life he led. Thanks for bringing him to my attention. I’ll post a story soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is a shade longer than requested, Jane. I was looking for some sense of fun, of loss, nothing major, but then I looked up the painter and came crashing down into a flash fiction hybrid of sorts. Nothing tragic; just a little lost. http://engleson.ca/?page_id=7868

    1. Replying here so Akismet won’t snaffle it. The levity is only in the dialogue that makes the story more realistic. People in dramatic situations don’t always realise it, they don’t speak in dramatic monologues. There’s a lot of tenderness in the story, touching when you know a bit about the painter, and a lot about what was in store for so many old couples at the time of this painting.

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