Reflection of a man

The gruesome pentimento of his true self was beginning to show through his insidiously crafted façade. His false beauty a funhouse mirror reflecting the face he wanted the world to see, and not what was secreted deep inside his dark, maleficent heart.

Adults adored and envied him. They jockeyed for a position near him, hoping somehow that his affluence and influence would be contagious. They fawned over him, sycophants attending to his mutated ego.

Seeing through eyes that could still discern fairies and secret gardens, children shunned him. His phantasmagorical mask couldn’t hide his nightmarish soul from them for long.

The 100 Word Challenge, a writing prompt created by Velvet Verbosity, takes a single theme to tell a story in only 100 words ~ no more, no less. This week’s theme is ‘Reflecting.’

6 thoughts on “Reflection of a man

  1. My favorite sentence involved the use of influence and affluence. I feel like it helps me know many more layers of the story. I think you are always a word ballerina and this is no exception.


  2. this is so much heavier feeling than your other pieces. I think it’s the word choices and the imagery it creates. I feel depressed reading it (not that that is a bad thing!!)


  3. How you come up with this from the reflections theme? I am constantly amazed by your creativity and imagination. This is a gorgeously written freaky and creepy story. I love it! And oh YES how children can see everything we can’t.


  4. I think “pentimento” is an excellent word. It gives me word nerd shivers just to read it, and of course, I think about all kinds of politicians from both political parties whose souls could be skewered and hoisted on that petard.


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