Painted Faces — Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: Painted Faces
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story about graffiti.
Word count:  99 words


Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

I work at night, heading home as office workers rise. Later it reverses. They sleep as I gather my tools and lock my door.

Deep into the night, I tread, cans clanking in my bag. The world is silence. A cat slinks through the alley and the wind whispers secrets.

Arriving at my chosen wall, I don my respirator and shake my aerosol can. The can’s clinking echoing the sound of the approaching freight train. Ever vigilant, I spray the wall according to plan.

The morning light reveals my newest creation, and they smile at yesterday’s plain brick wall.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

9 thoughts on “Painted Faces — Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. I felt as though the silence was the muse and the sounds brave enough to be awake empowered the artist to carry on. In the moments we sleep, others are awake, and life continues to move even as we lay still. A beautiful story and picture painted with words.

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      • My pleasure, you opened my mind to that world too. when on the night shift at the hospital when I was younger the solidarity of the night staff was different than on day shift, even when we worked together at different times. something about the cover of night that brings people closer together. wonderful story Jo!

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      • there are a lot of things we don’t understand reserved in our psyche, self preservation mechanisms we take for granted, sharing these little stories and moments seem to make the puzzle pieces fit.

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