It’s YOUR Face

Photo prompt © Roger Bultot

Time for another Friday Fictioneers tale. This group is hosted by the kindly and ever-smiling Rochelle Wisoff-Fields over at Addicted to Purple. As usual she’s presented us with a picture that should unleash our creative energy — and then it’s cut, cut, cut. A most valuable exercise for learning concision. If you wish to participate, check her blog for details. Everyone is welcome to submit a story.

A special thanks goes to Roger Bultot for supplying us with this photo. Since it’s his photo, lent to the group specifically for this week’s prompt, it must not be “borrowed” by anyone for any other purpose without asking permission.

My mind bounced around on this prompt and finally came up with the following 100-word tale:

It’s Your Face

There she is, conceited, backstabbing brat. Hanging out with my former friends. Probably flirting with that server like she does with all the guys in the office. She makes my blood boil!

I feel a hand on my shoulder. “Too much lemon in the drink today,” Mike from accounts-receivable asks.

I nod toward the giggling trio. “If you only knew!”

“I do know… some at least. Yeah, she’s annoying, but let it go. It’s disfiguring your face.”

I hear her laugh and grit my teeth. “She’s so fake!”

Mike shrugs. “It’s your face,” he says as he turns away.

51 thoughts on “It’s YOUR Face

  1. She should. I was thinking afterwards I could rather end it like so:
    “It’s your face,” he said, and walked away.
    Mike never did make sense.

    What do you think? Would it be a better ending with it obvious she just didn’t get it?

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    1. Yes, I think the shorter ending would be cleaner. There’s no reason to mention Mike’s name a second time. They’re the only two involved in the conversation.


    1. Yes, he tried and I hope she thinks it over later. One day I tried to tell a coworker she needed to deal with her angry feelings before she blew up. She told me, “I don’t want to be told what to do. I like to make my own mistakes.” She went on to make some major, heartbreaking ones.

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  2. I love this!!!! How many times have I frowned and stewed over other people’s actions? I wish I had a Mike to tell me to let it go! (Although I do have a Donn who fits the bill nicely.) Kudos!


  3. Well, if the wind changes, she will spend her life looking as if she’s sucking a lemon. I think that Mike is very wise and she needs to let it go. She’s the one that’s suffering and not her perceived enemy. Well written, Christine.


    1. Thanks for your comment and I agree; she’s doing nothing to harm the “arrogant brat”— if anything, she’s making her enemy happier. Life will sort out the enemy in time, but “acid burns the container,” as they say.

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    1. Scowling at “the brat” or at Mike? Actually. I think I’ve heard of some moms making a scowling child stand in front of a mirror and make ugly faces for ten minutes so they could see for themselves how it looks. 😉 Thanks for your comment.


      1. Thanks for your input. The ending I’ve posted feels more open, like she now might think about what he’s saying. The second ending has her thumbing her nose at him, closing her mind to his crazy idea.


    1. Very true: easier said than done when you’re really upset with someone who’s maybe deliberately annoying you. It’s like letting them off the hook when they really deserve to be skewered. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment.


    1. Yes, it is hard to let go. You think you’re letting them get away with their obnoxious behaviour.
      as to your second thought: It could. It would depend how interested “the fake brat” is in Mike.
      Thanks for your thoughts.


    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, Mike is right. As for “the brat” if she’s like some women I know, she may well take pleasure in letting her rivals know SHE’S at the top of the totem pole and THEY are quite a bit lower.


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