FFfAW: Artistic Representations

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Artistic Representations

“Will you hold still!”

Pikey scowled. “You try standing still this long and see how well you manage it.” He rolled his shoulders. “How much longer?”

“I’ll be done a lot sooner if you’d just hold still.”

“Fine. Just hurry up, ‘fore I freeze like this forever.”

Squiffle gave him a jaunty grin over the screen behind which he worked. “Great art cannot be rushed.”


Several days later – or so it felt – Squiffle finally drew back the screen, revealing his completed artwork with a flourish. “Voila,” he said.

Pikey stared, mouth agape.

“What d’ you think?”

“You’ve made me look like a bloody alien.”

“I have not!”

“Look at the size of them eyes. And my head ain’t that big! All you’d ‘ave to do is paint it green, Squiff.”

Squiffle squinted at his sculpture. “Y’ know, that’s not a bad idea…”

Pikey shook his head in disgust, and stomped away home.

It seemed his mum had been right. An artistic representation would always show his true form – no matter how bad the artist was.

Word count: 175

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This post is for Priceless Joys’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This week’s prompt was provided by any1mark66. Thank you, Mark.

14 Comments on “FFfAW: Artistic Representations

  1. Hahahaha! I use to draw people’s images and after so many people’s displeasure with the results I stopped doing that. Haha! So I can understand the artist’s frustration. Cute story Louise!


    • Thanks Ali. I thought about giving them normal names, then realized just how many people I actually know by weird nicknames! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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  2. This was a much-needed smile today 🙂 You have a knack for telling a ‘bigger’ story in a small space- thanks for sharing!

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  3. Another vote for the interesting names and the great last line. Seems like Pikey is keeping a pretty big secret from his friend, there! And all he wants to do is seem like a normal human, poor bloke.


  4. Great reveal there at the end. Sometimes our true selves just won’t stay hidden will they?


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