VisDare 26 – Engraved


The scents of oil and steel filled the bedroom as the sprite stole in on a warm breeze. This was going to be a long night, she thought, as she pulled the cloth bundle from her knapsack and began unwrapping her tools. She climbed up on his chest and knelt down, resting her weight on her heels while she contemplated the task ahead. He was a very old man indeed, and she gasped at the stories played out on his face. There, next to his eyes, was the story her grandmother had told her about, the time he fell in love with Elli, the beautiful daughter of the clan-chief who’d been raiding their village. They’d run off together, making a new life in a land so far from their homes that even the moon was different. The sprite saw the whole story in a glance, and knew she could get lost in tales that would trap her here for a thousand dawns. Sighing, she shook her head and turned to her assigned task. There – below his eyes, she drew her finest chisel and began marking the outline of the story of Elli’s final days, going slowly so as to avoid the tears that ran across her canvas.


5 Responses to “VisDare 26 – Engraved”

  1. What a wonderful piece! Such an imaginative perspective! And a little heart-wrenching too. Well done.

  2. Oh wow. I really love how you tackled the photograph. This is really, really great. 🙂 Best visual dare of the week, in my opinion.

  3. Absolutely beautiful. Such a unique spin on the prompt, and such a refreshing take on the old fairy tales themselves. Love this. 🙂

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