bookscover2cover – Realpolitick and Paint

Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Realpolitick and Paintit can be read by clicking on the link. This particular story was written in response to a photo prompt that resembled vomit, I remember. This brought to mind a black and white film of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ in which the only colour shot was of the ‘diseased’ picture at the end. Not sure why Machiavelli made an appearance… 🙂

To finish, here’s The Creation –


Realpolitik and Paint

Amidst the backstage politicking of a mediaeval state Machiavelli sat for an official portrait.  He was poised, serious.  “How do I appear?” he asked the painter, who craned around the easel.

“Austere, astute,” the painter remarked.

“Very good,” whispered Machiavelli, barely moving his lips.

“Although… sometimes I long to stop painting surfaces,” the painter moaned.  “Imagine the art I could create if I captured the inner workings of a man for all to see – his beliefs, his conscience!”

“Pah!” Machiavelli almost cracked a smile.  “Then your canvases wouldn’t sell.  A conscience looks like vomit.  So, paint lies and get paid.”


This piece of flash fiction was written for Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Here’s the link to the stories and this week’s picture is below, copyright Madison Woods.