Friday, August 26, 2011
Flash Fiction Friday 8-26-11: "It's All About Me"
“Oh god. Nearly there,” she moaned.
“That's what you said half an hour ago,” he muttered, voice muffled by her muff.
“No, really, I mean it this time, I.... I...... IIIIiiiieeeeee!!!” her voice rose to a shriek.
Suddenly she sat up and pushed him away. “Wait, stop, stop!”
“What now?” he groaned.
“I need a picture for my blog. Just let me grab the camera, it won't take long.”
“Lens......focal length......exposure time......okay, good. Now I just need to find the perfect angle.”
She looked down at his aggrieved expression. “Well? What're you waiting for? Get back to work.”
Your challenge for today was to use the picture above and write a flash fiction of 80-110 words. Additionally, I provided a key phrase I wanted to see used somewhere in the submission:
"...the perfect angle..."
Nobody's checking word counts, or for the key phrase, 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).
Special Bonus Director's Commentary Track:
When I first saw this pic, it had a mischievous, silly feel to it, as if she'd grabbed a camera while he was doing her in the bathroom and snapped a quick, blurry pic to titillate herself with when she was alone, bored, or what have you. I even tossed around a few phrasings in my head for when I got ready to write it.
Then, when I looked at the pic again, ready to start writing, it wasn't that way at all. Instead, it was a prima donna "blogger girl" who had an overinflated opinion of herself and thought she was the center of the world. Everything had to be about her "blog" and not even an impromptu bit of sex in the bathroom was exempt. The look on her face, I realized, wasn't a look of ecstasy, it was a look of preoccupation and mild annoyance that he kept jostling her just when she was about to snap the shot. I even got a bit angry at her for being such a bitch and obsessing over her stupid camera.
Don't ask me why it struck me this way and why I had such a visceral response. I swear I didn't see it that way the first time.
Disclaimer: I am, of course, not referring to any of you. None of you folks is that prima donna-ish.
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Check back here on Monday for the next challenge! And if you have any photos or artwork you'd like to see in a future challenge, please send them my way. Thanks to Red for providing this week's photo.