Practice makes Perfect

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. My first attempt at deception was a failure. Body language and shifty eyes had given me away instantly…. prompting nightmares, where  phantom strangers  screamed: ‘Liar…Liar…’  , filling me with shame.

To be caught in a lie…. To see the disappointment in the eyes of those you love… To be dismissed as untrustworthy….  I never wanted to be in that situation again. I resolved to get better…to reinvent myself.

Re-inventing meant radical change. I camped in the psychology,  ,self-help and philosophy sections of the library devouring knowledge. I sought religious leaders,  saints who could perform miracles ..when all said ” Life is an illusion”. ,everything clicked in place.

I became very good. But something was missing…. I felt like an artist drawing masterpieces in invisible ink.

I figured it out eventually. I’m a guru now. Followers aplenty. Got to go ..the crowd is impatient …eager to watch me levitate.


The above 150 word story was in response to ‘Monday’s finish the story’ flash fiction challenge. This unique flash fiction challenge  provides  a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. The challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Details are available in this link:


23 responses to “Practice makes Perfect

  1. I loved the levitating at the end. Also, the sentence “I felt like an artist drawing masterpieces in invisible ink.” is an excellent visual. Thank you for contributing to the MFtS challenge. Be well… ^..^


  2. I agree, ‘I felt like an artist drawing masterpiece in invisible ink’ is a fantastic line. I like how you’ve likened being a guru with being deceitful, too. Nicely done!


  3. I kept thinking, oh my gosh, when you get to the point you know all the answers you are either a liar or you can levitate. LOL

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  4. You can levitate.. thats a good one 🙂


  5. How poetic. What great writing.


  6. Absolutely wonderful story…surprise ending!


  7. Good story.. the levitation was a good surprise.


  8. I love how “re-inventing” themselves means “getting better at lying” rather than “becoming an better and more truthful person” 🙂 Great story!


  9. Great story to make us think – as others have said, great twist at the end with levitating.


  10. There are an awful lot of really good takes on this prompt, this week. This one is excellent. Nicely done.


  11. loricarlson66

    Amazing story! Such beautiful imagery woven within and the ending… wonderful!


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