Incognito

The afternoon light faded.  Nicky paced from his mother’s sewing machine to the kitchen and back.

“Are you done?” Nicky asked his mother, not for the first time.

Sighing, she said, “Nearly so, dear one.”

Once finished, she draped the costume over the table for his inspection.  Nicky clapped his hands with joy.  He would go trick-or-treating as Quasimodo.  Halloween was the only time in the year when Nicky walked freely, from dusk to several hours past sundown, without the usual stares and gasps of horror.  His scars were concealed.  No one could see what lay hidden beneath his mask.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Jean L. Hays.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

 

 

40 Comments Add yours

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Awful that he has to be someone else to be free… Great write.

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    1. It is a sad reality for him. Thank you for stopping by and leaving the lovely comment on my writing. =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    That’s a poignant tale, Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Neil, for reading and commenting. =)

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  3. Dale says:

    So poignant and heartbreaking, Brenda. Beautifully done.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I’m glad you enjoyed the story eventhough it’s a sad one this week. =)

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  4. Tannille says:

    Life is cruel and unfair. I hope Nikey grows into himself.

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    1. Me too! Life can certainly be so. Thank you for stopping by. =)

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  5. draliman says:

    Very sad that he has to wait until everyone’s in costume and he can hide himself before he feels able to go out. Nice one!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Ali. Thank you for saying so! =)

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  6. Dear Brenda,

    This is heartbreaking. Nicky will have fun on Halloween but his real horror story is the rest of the year. Sensitively written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Unfortunately, life’s not an easy one for many. Thank you for your encouragement on the writing of the story. The idea actually came from my daughter who is visiting us for a week. =)

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  7. granonine says:

    Oh my. Beautifully written commentary on how poorly we treat those who are afflicted. Made me think of “Phantom of the Opera.”

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    1. One of my favorites, “Phantom of the Opera.” I even enjoyed the movie with Gerard Butler. Thanks so much for your encouragement, Linda.

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  8. Create Space says:

    His scars are obvious to us but how many people we meet daily hide their scars behind invisible masks. Great post Brenda!

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    1. It’s heartbreaking but unfortunately true. I appreciate your comment and thank you for your encouragment, Marie!

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    Bittersweet story. All too real in many cases. Very well done, Brenda.

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    1. Sadly so, it is all too real. I’m so glad you enjoyed the telling of the story. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! =)

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  10. Sad tale, but thank god for some respite.

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    1. He looks forward to his one night free each year. Thank you for commenting! =)

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  11. James McEwan says:

    Poor Nicky, at least he gets to join in at least one event each year. Let’s hope he can get through life as an actor.

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    1. Great idea, James. I’ll keep that in mind. Nicky is based on a character (actually a real live little one) who comes to mind from time to time. =)

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  12. Sandra says:

    That’s a very moving story, Brenda. Food for thought.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! =)

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  13. This took me back to when I drove a bus for the mentally handicapped. How they loved Halloween, when they were just one more ‘character’ on the street. They didn’t even have to try speaking ‘Trick or Treat’ to get candy dropped in their bags. Very well done.

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    1. A very meaningful job to care for those with special needs. That’s great! I can imagine their excitement on a day they wouldn’t feel so “different.” Thank you for letting me know, Eugenia. And, thank you for commenting on the story. I’m glad it struck a cord and you enjoyed it.

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  14. I love this… so tragic for a child with such disfigurement… when wearing a mask is the norm…

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    1. I’m very happy you enjoyed the story, Bjorn! It is indeed a tragedy for those who must hide their true selves.

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  15. magarisa says:

    Poignant tale. How appropriate that Nicky is dressing up as Quasimodo.

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    1. And he was very happy his mother thought of it! Thank you for stopping by, Magarisa! =)

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      1. magarisa says:

        My pleasure, Brenda!

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  16. Iain Kelly says:

    Great twist of perspective on the Halloween theme. Well done.

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    1. Thanks much, Iain. Hope you have a nice week ahead!

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  17. Lynn Love says:

    That’s such a touching idea, Brenda. That the only time of year he can feel comfortable is Halloween. Tragic. Empathetically told

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    1. Thank you for your encouragment on the writing of the story, Lynn. As long as he can hide his true self … it is sad.

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  18. msjadeli says:

    Superb storytelling, Brenda. I enjoyed it very much.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment. I appreciate you saying so! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome 🙂

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