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This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.
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Today’s prompt ~ ERASING CLOUDS


by John Yeo 

  The master painter was troubled as he was finally discharged from the select private sanatorium. Simone, his wife of thirty years  was at the entrance to meet him. They took their comfortable plush leather seats in the chauffeur driven limousine.

  Henri Rousseau had suffered from depression for most of his adult life and although Simone was quite used to his increasing absences, she was always delighted to welcome him on his return.

 Henri, was just 5 feet tall, with a penchant for wearing long haired wigs to cover his hairless head. He was a genius, a painter who could perform absolute magic with a paintbrush.

   ‘Please take me to my studio, my darling Simone, I have some alterations to make to my latest painting.’

    ‘Are you sure you are quite ready Henri? The consultant said, you should take things slowly for a while.’ 

   Simone sighed as she uttered these words, she was a gentle woman, who hadn’t lost much of her beauty as she had quietly endured the tumultuous early years of their marriage.

   ‘Yes of course, I’ve had a revolutionary new treatment, from a renowned psychologist that is guaranteed to erase the clouds of depression that have haunted me all my life. I need to get to the studio fast to reflect this treatment in my future work.’

  Simone ordered the driver to change direction and head for the studio and they arrived there in minutes. 

  Henri rushed into his studio and using a bright blue pigment, wildly brushed out every cloud in every picture he had painted. He actually began to smile again, something he’d almost forgotten.

 ‘You see Simone! I’m a well man now and in the future I will be forever erasing clouds from my work and my life.

© Written by John Yeo 

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