Friday, June 18, 2010
Flash Fiction Friday 6-18-10: "Glasnost"
The silence was shot with tension. I paced back and forth before her like a tiger seeking a way out of its cage, but in truth seeking only a way to break this frozen crust of wordlessness that divided us.
For her part, she regarded me unblinking through a haze of blue smoke, motionless except when her hand brought her cigarette to her lips, or returned it to where she let the ashes fall carelessly on the chair's arm.
“You do speak English, right?” I inquired, acidly.
Finally she deigned to respond. “Da,” she said, the hard consonant clipped off precisely.
Oh, very funny indeed, I thought. “Then you do know what I'm saying.”
She nodded, and shifted in the chair, uncrossing and recrossing her legs. Her coat spread open to reveal some truly astounding cleavage, the first hint of the fabulous body I knew lay beneath.
“Very well. How about this – what did you do for a living there?”
“I was …. prostitute,” she said, calmly, stating a fact.
Being kind hadn't gotten me anywhere. Perhaps being cruel might.
“Then why don't you show me some fucking gratitude and get that coat off?” I snarled, the bitterness showing more than I wanted it to.
She rose gracefully and the coat slipped off her slim shoulders, pooling on the floor. And with it went the last of her sullenness. She stood proudly, breasts firm and high, nipples tight, shoulders back, chin lifted with pride, not defiance. She was a vision and she knew it.
“Unearthly,” I said, the catch in my voice betraying my sudden loss of control. She stepped close, arms going around me, mouth finding mine for a savage kiss. The Iron Curtain had well and truly fallen.
Your challenge for today was to use the picture above and write a flash fiction of 100-300 words. Because the word count was so lenient, I threw in a key phrase to include: "...the Iron Curtain had well and truly fallen". Nobody's checking on either count, not really, but you're only cheating yourself if you break the rules. Unless you're doing it to earn a spanking (in which case, see me after class).
The following people pitched in this week. Why not go see how they handled the Iron Curtain theme?
Luna Mauvaise: http://lunamauvaise.blogspot.com
W.: http://internalpathways.blogspot.com (new this week, please go say howdy and welcome)
Diable Incarne: http://conningdevil.blogspot.com
Sephani Paige: http://sephanipaige.wordpress.com (Sephani is also hosting the entry for Schiavo, a friend and reader who doesn't have a journal of her own).
Check back here on Monday for the next challenge! And, as always, if you've got any photos or artwork you'd like to see used, or perhaps a theme, pass it along to me.