This is for week fifty-four of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.
This is one of the flash fiction challenges I missed, but I like to go back and write off the prompt even if I don’t get to share it with those that participated that week. After seeing this prompt I kept putting off working on it, I just couldn’t get a feel for it until I thought about the Renaissance. I did some light research on my main character below and learned something new about a very famous artist. Have you ever done research for your writing?
Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!
THE MUSE (156 words)
Michelangelo smudged the charcoal beneath his fingertips. The curves of muscles and shapes of limbs forming across the paper in gray. Parishioners stepped around him on the cathedral steps taking to the markets after Sunday mass. He looked across the cobblestones and shielded his eyes against the burning sun. A pair of green eyes caught his gaze belonging to an older boy his age, slight in frame, on the cusp of manhood. Something stirred in his belly. Curiosity? Maybe longing. Michelangelo set down his charcoals and disappeared into the crowd, his eyes never leaving his destination.
“Adriano,” the boy said once they came face to face.
Michelangelo smiled. Deep inside he knew Adriano would become his friend, perhaps his muse, and with time maybe something more. His fingers itched to sketch him or caress the lines of his jaw into clay or stone.
“Lunch?” Michelangelo asked. But for now he’d have to settle for Adriano’s company.
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