One Minute Fiction — The Sound of Silence

The nursing home administrator, Mrs. Kramer, was getting frustrated by the virtually unabated street noise outside of her facility. The staff said the continuous din was interfering with their work, residents were complaining about the loud music being played around the clock, and visitors were annoyed by the cacophony. Mrs. Kramer persuaded the city to put up signs indicating that the area had been designated as a quiet zone, but it didn’t seem to make a difference.

At her wit’s end, Mrs. Kramer was desperate to silence the noise. So she did something she never thought she would do. She hired a graffiti artist to paint a large mural on the side of a building across the street from the nursing home.

From that point forward, Mrs. Kramer, her nursing home staff, the resident, and the visitors basked in the sound of silence.

Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction prompt. Photo credit: unattributed.

MLMM Photo Challenge — Street Art

Robert soon learned that the best laid plans can quickly go awry. He had trained in classic art and over the years had honed his own skills as an urban mural artist. He contacted the landlord of an inner-city building and proposed to beautify the area by painting a mural in the alleyway between two buildings. He persuaded the landlord to permit him to paint a long mural on the side of the building.

Once Robert got the go ahead from the landlord, he figured he’d recruit a few of his artist friends to add to his mural. The team of painters closed off the alley and put a tarp around the access points so no one else could see their work in progress, as they wanted to surprise the landlord and the local citizens.

About a month after they began, Robert scheduled the big unveiling. He and his artist friends admired their work and considered it to be a thing of beauty to behold. He invited the landlord, of course, along with local dignitaries, and the press to the debut.

A large crowd had gathered on the big day. Robert gave a speech and then, after much anticipation, he instructed his team to drop the tarp that had been hiding the wall’s new mural.

The crowd of people let out a collective gasp. After the initial shock wore off, some observers laughed, others smirked, and some were appalled, including the landlord. He walked over to Robert, his face red with rage, and said, “What have you done? This is not a work of art. This is a wall full of graffiti. It’s awful and now I’m going to have to pay someone to whitewash the wall.”

“But this is art,” Robert protested. “It speaks to the people of this neighborhood. It reflects who they are, their suffering, their hopes, dreams, and ambitions.”

“It’s garbage. It’s trash. I should never have commissioned you,” the landlord said.

“Well,” Robert said, “as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Pobble365. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (awry), Ragtag, Daily Prompt train), Your Daily Word Prompt (hone), and Word of the Day Challenge (figure).

Three Line Tales — Graffiti Artist

Yeah, that’s right, I’m a graffiti artist and I don’t work in front of an audience or for tips, so please move along.

Hey, why are you still out there on the other side of the window staring at me like I’m an animal at the zoo?

Come back tomorrow when I’m done and gawk for as long as you want.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Victor Furtuna via Unsplash.

#WDYS — The Mural

“Damn,” Dylan said. “I just finished this mural on Friday and some vandals have been writing all over it already. What’s wrong with people?”

“Hey, buddy, it’s okay,” Dylan’s friend, Thomas, said. “I’m sure she’ll still love it. It’s better than just buying her some cheap trinket for her birthday.”

“She’s gonna be here in a few minutes, Thomas,” Dylan said. “No way I can get all this graffiti off of it and touch it up to make it look good. I worked hard on this portrait.”

“No doubt, dude,” Thomas said, “but this has some street cred now, you know what I’m saying? You should be proud of yourself and I know that Nicole will be thrilled.”

That was when Nicole, a flounce in her step, showed up. As soon as she looked at the mural she expeled an exaggerated gasp. “Oh my God, Dylan, did you paint that mural of me?”

“Yes, I did,” Dylan said. “Happy birthday, hon. But I’m afraid there is already graffiti all over it.”

“Don’t worry about that, babe,” Nicole said. “That just gives it character. I adore it. You really captured my essence. How about if we go home and celebrate. Your mural of me is making me feel quite frisky.”

Feeling a bit awkward standing next to Dylan and Nicole locked in a passionate embrace, Thomas looked at this watch and said, “Oh my, will you look at the time. I gotta split. I’ll catch you two later,” and he walked away unnoticed by the couple.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Sean Robertson at Unsplash. And for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (writing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (trinket), Word of the Day Challenge (self), Your Daily Word Prompt (flounce), Ragtag Daily Prompt (expel), and MMA Storytime (frisky).

Three Line Tales — Ready For Prime Time

Samuel stepped back, looked at the walls all around his loft, and admired his work. “Practice makes perfect,” he said aloud, even though no one else was around. “It’s time to take it to the streets.”

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Matthieu Comoy via Unsplash.