January 2, 2023, prompt: Write a story about a sabbatical in 99 words (no more, no less). Who needs one or has had one? What kind of tension could a rest create? Where can a break take your story? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.
DEATH OF AN ARTIST
“Sabbatical? Are you serious?” She dropped her half-smoked cigarette into her styrofoam cup—the bitter black coffee inside extinguishing its power.
“Get away from work. Go somewhere. Stay home. It doesn’t matter.” Dr. Shelley leaned forward. “Just put the paintbrushes and easels away.”
Jayne puffed angry air out her nostrils.
“I won’t see you again until you do.”
Jayne knew Dr. Shelley was serious. She didn’t mince words. That’s why Jayne liked her, plus, she too was an artist.
The mental death of an artist was slow and excruciating.
And Jayne’s gravestone was already being written.
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.