Enough

Once a world-renowned art dealer, Pierre now lived in a tiny flat on the corner of 23rd Avenue and “he no longer cared.”  He earned enough, but no extra.

While strolling down an alley, on his way to feed the ducks, a thrown away painting grabbed Pierre’s attention.  He picked it up, wiped the edges with the hem of his shirt, and examined it.

A number in the corner?

Pollock?

His heart raced, his blood pressure rose.

Not this again.

He rolled the priceless piece and tucked it under his arm.

“This’ll look nice hanging above my bed.”

~~

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 intriguing photo for this week was taken by CE Ayer.

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. neilmacdon says:

    Probably not a Pollock, but it gave his heart a workout

    Like

    1. Probably not, or could it? We’ll never know …

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Ha ha – he’s better off keeping it above his bed if he thinks that’s a Pollock! 🙂 Fun story, Brenda.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    Like

    1. Thanks so much, Susan! He’ll enjoy admiring it more than returning to the rat race with it.

      Like

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Life is easier without the stress!

    Like

    1. I completely agree, Iain!! =)

      Liked by 1 person

  4. plaridel says:

    one’s garbage is another man’s treasure. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It certainly is often that way. =)

      Liked by 1 person

  5. ceayr says:

    Cool tale of a man who knows what is important in life.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, C.E.! Keeping life simple is important. =)

      Like

  6. Tannille says:

    An investment for a rainy day. As long as he gets some enjoyment from it. It’s fun when great items like this just show up.

    Like

    1. Hmm, very true. Another layer to the story. No stress for now and later. A ‘just in case’ move on his part. =)

      Like

  7. draliman says:

    Sounds like a “just enough” life of low stress is the best for him.

    Like

    1. I’m also a fan of the ‘just enough’ lifestyle especially the no stress bit. =)

      Liked by 1 person

  8. If it was a Polock I’d prefer it hanging at the ayction house. But otherwise, above the bed would be good.

    Like

    1. He had enough of that life, so above the bed suits him fine. =)

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Dale says:

    If he thinks this is a Pollock, it might explain his “once world-renowned” title…
    Fun take, Brenda.

    Like

    1. Thanks much, Dale. It was fun to write as well. He does have an eye! =)

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Ann Coleman says:

    Everyone needs some good luck now and then!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I couldn’t agree more! =) Thanks for stopping by.

      Like

  11. msjadeli says:

    I take this as meaning the painting is a trigger to a lifestyle he doesn’t want to go back to. I’m glad he’s not biting on the bait. Sorry if that’s a mixed metaphor; I hope you know what I’m saying.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I definitely know what you are saying. It was a trigger for him, but he chose a different path. The low stress option. Hopefully, having it above his bed won’t torment him. =)

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Sometimes good luck just comes your way! Love your take on the prompt!

    Like

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Alicia. Thanks for letting me know. =)

      Like

  13. Dear Brenda,

    The last line made me chuckle. It sounds like he’s content to live the life he’s living now. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Like

    1. Initially, I went a different direction, but once I wrote the last line I felt happy with it. =) I’m glad to make you chuckle. Who doesn’t need a good chuckle now-a-days?!

      Like

  14. Good for Pierre! You have shown his contentment with the life he has now. Why change it?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s right, why change it? He’s content and doesn’t need the stress. Thanks for commenting, Eugenia. =)

      Like

  15. tedstrutz says:

    He earned enough, but no extra. Perfect description. Good story.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Ted, for your kind comment! =)

      Like

  16. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooo intriguing, I wonder. Still I hope it brings him peace.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m happy to cause intrigue! =) I’m sure it will bring him peace. Thanks for stopping by, Laurie.

      Like

  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Pierre must have truly found contentment if he can hang the painting on his wall and not bother about its monetary value. Perhaps though he should care more about access for others? How much right does one man have to be the only person to enjoy a masterpiece?
    Nice story!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hmm, good point. Maybe he’ll keep it for a time and then hand it over to a museum?! =)

      Like

  18. Nobbinmaug says:

    Isn’t that what art’s all about? Take it home, and enjoy it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. For sure, art is to enjoy. That’s what he was thinking. =) Thank you for commenting!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. granonine says:

    The lure of returning back to the trade—I think he’s made a good choice 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think so too, Linda. A peaceful life is a good life!!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. subroto says:

    Simple pleasures of life. I totally agree with him, that’s why I keep my Picasso hanging in the bathroom.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The older I get the more I agree with that statement! Simple pleasures…

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s