Posted on | March 18, 2011 | 12 Comments |

See the Flash Fiction Friday challenge and image here!


It was time to take the stage. Time for the performance to begin.  They were waiting, waiting for her entrance.

The bathroom that was her dressing area reflected back the fear and desire in her eyes, as she contemplated this, a new take on an ancient art.

It was to be Kabuki of a different kind. The facade that was her stylised  mask made her feel like porcelain entire, cool and smooth, and yet her bare skin trembled in the ambient air.

Her body was to showcase her skill to the masses. It was time to dance to the music, to flow within the boundaries of rope, to bare her skin whilst obliquely obscuring her soul.

Time to make art.

120 words.

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12 Responses to “Kabuki”

  1. Alexis
    March 18th, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    Crikey, i wish i could write prose this lovely so quickly ….

  2. Mistress L
    March 18th, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    We have the perfect view!

  3. Hedone
    March 19th, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    Oooh nice: “to bare her skin whilst obliquely obscuring her soul.”

    I never thought of Kabuki, I’m glad that you did.


  4. nilla
    March 19th, 2011 @ 1:55 am

    How kewl to see you doing FFF once more! And what a delighful piece…

    i love this…as hedone said, contrast betwixt “bare skin” and “obscured soul” was beautifully wrought.

    happy FFF Dee!


  5. Max
    March 19th, 2011 @ 2:41 am

    Nicely written, and a great take on this pic.

    Happy FFF!

  6. Dee
    March 19th, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    Alexis – It’s one of my skills. And I do love to write.

    Mistress L – We do indeed!

    Hedone – Thank you so very much! I never thought of using facades the way you did, so we’ll both have to admire each other’s take on this prompt…

    nilla – I only do FFF when the image really grabs me. This one just wouldn’t let go :)

    Max – You say nice things. I like you.

    xx Dee

  7. Lexi
    March 19th, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I never even thought of kabuki when looking at this picture, but now that you’ve done all the thinking for me it’s obvious 😉 Yet another great take on the picture this week.

  8. Dee
    March 19th, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Lexi – One of my favourite graphic novel series of all time is David Mack’s Kabuki… so it’s what first came to mind for me :)

    xx Dee

  9. Red
    March 19th, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Great story (even better after I googled kabuki – doh!).

    I feel so uneducated sometimes…but always willing to learn 😉

  10. Dee
    March 20th, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Red – Delighted you enjoyed it (and learned something. Bonus!).

    xx Dee

  11. Rozewolf
    March 22nd, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Very enjoyable. Loved the reference to making art.

  12. Dee
    March 23rd, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Rozewolf – Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! To me Kabuki, and exhibitionism, both feel like art.

    xx Dee


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