The Spark

PHOTO PROMPT © G.L. MacMillan.

“Those are mid-century antiques… Be very very careful when dusting.”, Anna’s new employer’s warned.

Anna’s job was to dust all the beautiful furniture ,expensive and fragile china  , sparkling crystals, and rare collectibles that filled her employer’s home- Evermore manor. Anna’s eyes sparkled more than the crystals. She had worked her way up -from cleaning toilets to antiques.

“You are so lucky. You have soooooo many pretty things M’lady”, Anna gushed.

Lady Macbeth’s smile was vacant. Anna saw that her eyes – duller than the soil that once held her diamonds – reflected none of the sparkle she owned but an unfathomable void.

——- end ———

This exactly 100 word story is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge  posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week. PHOTO PROMPT © G.L. MacMillan.

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes, that fellow Friday Fictioneers have, on the same photo prompt:


21 responses to “The Spark

  1. Wonderful. One of my favourite tragedies. A great take on the prompt and the play.


  2. I think Anna’s the happier one despite Lady Macbeth having all the sparklies.


  3. “duller than the soil that once held her diamonds” is a terrific line.


  4. I wonder if Lady Macbeth might have dementia. Great story!


  5. Wonderful. Pretty things can’t safe a ruined life. The lady is too busy washing her hands.


  6. I’m with Craig – what a fabulous line.

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  7. Great story, one of my favorite play.


  8. Out, out, brief candle.
    Good piece.


  9. Reflects a universal truth about possessions. As well as putting poetically what I’ve always thought of diamonds – dug out the ground by the poorest of the world for the richest. Give me a good set of graphite pencils any day!
    Good piece!


  10. Dear Ansumani,

    A lovely illustration of how possessions don’t define our existence. Well done.




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