It Lies Within


I hate cities and this one was no different, dingy and grey.  The crowds of people, far too many and far too close, were as washed-out and lifeless as the cold concrete.

I passed a pavilion filled with sterile art.  I steamed by, dismissive until I noticed.

Bright colors of nature in the form of traditional Japanese art.

I caught my breath.

The artist was painting a new scene, fresh as a spring day.

“How…?” I pointed.

He smiled.

“Beauty is not out there; it is in here.” He touched his heart.

Print in hand, I explored the beautiful city.


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Brenda Cox. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.


I don’t remember when I last participated in Friday Fictioneers. It was a busy December! I hope to be able to start back up again :)

42 thoughts on “It Lies Within

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. Yep, the artist was able to sell more than just color on canvas, hitting the MC at a deeper, emotional level – something which the MC was then able to carry through the day, and hopefully beyond.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Miriam. I think my guesses with languages are usually wrong. lol. I do like the style, both a little more abstract than western art and yet more realistic on another level.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Dale. Beauty is often what happens between the eyes, not what enters the eyes… (or perhaps “between the ears” would make more sense, but wouldn’t play off of what you said ;) ).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think we weren’t the only ones – even in November it seemed like fewer participants than usual. I hope they all come back for the new year! Thanks! It will be nice catching up with everyone.

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