Friday Fictioneers 100 Word Short Story: The Tapestry

FF 23012015 Photo Prompt Boat Antiqued by Georgia KochEvery Friday writers worldwide gather round the virtual fireside of Rochelle Wisoff and share stories of 100 words, prompted by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism.

You don’t have to write to read. Click on the blue frog at the end of my story to access all the other stories written to this week’s prompt. Readers’ comments are welcome.

This week’s photo has been provided by Georgia Koch. Thanks, Georgia. Your photo inspired the following story:

The Tapestry

The boat had grounded in the half-shadows of a weeping willow. The wild flapping of the flag on the mast had drawn his attention.
“Strange flag. I thought it a trapped bird.”
“A tapestry,” said Elaine.
“A madwoman’s creation.”
“Mad? Look, here is the moon’s reflection, shattered by the water. Here, the sun in shards. Here, the stars, broken; all reflected in her mirror.”
“How know you so?”
“She wove the world that came to her, Lancelot, as the world comes to all women – indirectly, through men.”
She folded the tapestry, reverently, sighing.
“She is trapped no more.”

(c) Ann Isik 2015
100 words

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22 Responses to Friday Fictioneers 100 Word Short Story: The Tapestry

  1. Mad? Look, here is the moon’s reflection, shattered by the water. Here, the sun in shards. Here, the stars, broken; all reflected in her mirror —- Absolutely lovely line. Well done!

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  2. Oh such a lovely response.. and there was at least one more doing a Lady of Shallot response..

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  3. subroto says:

    “The broad stream bore her far away,
    The Lady of Shalott.”
    I liked this one, nicely done.

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  4. hafong says:

    There’s something about madwomen that I love. 🙂 They’re full of soul and artistry. Nice writing!


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  5. Margaret says:

    Lovely. It’s definitely the Lady of Shalott’s boat. I used this poem also, following on from a piece I posted a couple of months ago on FF.

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  6. plaridel says:

    darn, i was left wondering what lancelot’s reaction could have been as the story ended.

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  7. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Ann,

    Masterful and moving and nary a word misplaced. A very well written eulogy for the lady we never meet. Well done.



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  8. Dear Ann,

    “…as it came through men.” There’s a lot said in that one little phrase. I didn’t have to know the back story to feel the sting of it. Nicely done.



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  9. I feel like there’s a lot going on here that would make a bigger story: how does she know his name? Who made the tapestry? And how did she reach it to take it down if it was on the top of the mast!?


    • AnnIsikArts says:

      The boat reminded me of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’, cursed and doomed to a life weaving tapestries of scenes of the world reflected back to her in a mirror. Lancelot is a character in the poem. Lancelot’s wife was called Elaine. Unhappily for Elaine, Lancelot was in love with King Arthur’s wife. Thanks for reading. 🙂


  10. Susan Langer says:

    Poetic tapestry through the eyes of a woman. I really liked it.

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  11. afairymind says:

    I adore the story of the Lady of Shalott! This is an interesting version of it. I love the use of dialogue and the way their speech is slightly poetic, almost having the feel of Tennyson’ s descriptions. 🙂


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