Ironic

July 22, 2020 at 10:04 am 44 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 24 July 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
On his last day in Paris, Sebastian went to the studio for his final session with Madelyn.

The model greeted him warmly. As usual, she undressed fully, revealing her intimate charms.

Madelyn barely spoke English, but it didn’t matter. She was always friendly, accommodating, and eager to please.

As Sebastian left the place, he stole one last glance of her like a mouse snatching a piece of cheese to savor later in its hideout.

It was one of life’s great ironies that once you met someone and started to get to know each other, it was time to say goodbye.

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  July 22, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Perhaps he should have said “hello” more warmly

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    • 2. plaridel  |  July 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      neil:

      he considers himself a true professional. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Susan A Eames  |  July 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Irony indeed. Nicely crafted story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. Iain Kelly  |  July 22, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Perhaps his painting of her will win her over for a future meeting.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      iain:

      who knows what the future brings? πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. wmqcolby  |  July 22, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    The closest I came to something like that was a model for a TV segment we did on spray tanning. I helped shoot it. The gal was 34, a bartender, and was helping out her friend whose original model had bowed out. She was very nice. Yes, I looked her in the eyes when I talked with her saying what a good sport she was for doing this — difficult as it was to do. πŸ˜€

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 23, 2020 at 8:59 am

      kent:

      i know it was part of the job, but i still consider you such a lucky guy. πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • 9. wmqcolby  |  July 24, 2020 at 1:41 pm

        Haha! Yes, it was pretty lucky, all right.

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        • 10. plaridel  |  July 26, 2020 at 8:20 am

          kent:

          i’m jealous. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 11. msjadeli  |  July 22, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Maybe he should have slipped her a sheet with his contact info on it?

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    • 12. plaridel  |  July 23, 2020 at 8:58 am

      msjadeli:

      he could have done if he were smart. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 13. Tannille  |  July 22, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Perhaps he should stay in Paris?

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    • 14. plaridel  |  July 23, 2020 at 8:57 am

      tannille:

      you wish. i don’t think he can afford it. πŸ™‚

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      • 15. Tannille  |  July 25, 2020 at 10:38 pm

        Good point!

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        • 16. plaridel  |  July 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

          tannille:

          thank you.

          Reply
  • 17. justjoyfulness  |  July 23, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Partings are always bitter-sweet. Maybe they will meet again.

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  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 23, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Ships that pass in the night. At least he has a painting to remember her by.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  July 23, 2020 at 8:57 am

      keith:

      it wasn’t a total loss after all.

      Reply
  • 21. Bill  |  July 23, 2020 at 9:10 am

    When is it ever time to bid farewell? Good one. I enjoyed it.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

      bill:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
  • 23. Danny James  |  July 23, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Happens all too often.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

      danny:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 25. granonine  |  July 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    This is great. We see a shy artist, wishing for more than he can ask for. And we wonder if the model shares his interest. . .

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    • 26. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

      linda:

      he’ll never know unless he makes the move. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. Alicia Jamtaas  |  July 23, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Maybe it’s just one great irony in his life?

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    • 28. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 10:59 am

      alicia:

      methinks it’s not only in his life but in all of us.

      Reply
  • 29. draliman  |  July 23, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Such a gentleman! Maybe he will be back in Paris one day soon, and Madelyn will be waiting!

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    • 30. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 10:59 am

      draliman:

      it’ll be awesome if it ever happens. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. Sandra  |  July 24, 2020 at 3:10 am

    The penultimate paragraph was a cracker! πŸ™‚

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    • 32. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

      sandra:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. michaelwynnauthor  |  July 24, 2020 at 4:23 am

    He was very gallant but perhaps regrets not drawing out the work to spend more time with her.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

      mick:

      hopefully, he’ll have a second chance and maybe even make her as his own canvas. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 35. Liz Young  |  July 24, 2020 at 10:56 am

    I wonder if he did more than paint her?

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

      liz:

      good question. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 37. Dale  |  July 24, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    This was beautifully written, Plaridel. The bittersweetness came through. He should have tried to see if, after the job, she was free…

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    • 38. plaridel  |  July 26, 2020 at 8:20 am

      dale:

      he should’ve, could’ve…

      Reply
  • 39. Na'ama Yehuda  |  July 24, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Nicely penned! I hope he’ll grow to understand that a business relationship isn’t exactly the ‘get to know someone’ he may think it is …

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    • 40. plaridel  |  July 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

      na’ama:

      thank you. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 41. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  July 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Plaridel, an interesting write of an artist who longed to have someone yet chose to stay professional. I think he did the right thing. Futuristically, he could make plans with her but at the moment it was about the art.
    Isadora 😎

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    • 42. plaridel  |  July 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

      isadora:

      my sentiments exactly. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 43. tedstrutz  |  July 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    This is so good. A lot said in 100 words. I liked the line about the mouse. Nice.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  July 30, 2020 at 9:22 am

      ted:

      thank you for the kind comment. much appreciated.

      Reply

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