Perspective – Friday Fictioneers

Here is this week’s entry into the weekly challenge brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Here are the rules: Use the photo as inspiration, write a hundred(ish) words – and share! Here goes my offering for this week – and I welcome your comments again!

Copyright - Renee Heath

Copyright – Renee Heath

– Perspective –

“Mr Riordan – may I call you Aaron?”

“No, you are a mere journalist. You may not.”

Mister Riordan, your latest installation seems to be yet another spectacular failure!”

She readied herself for the right hook. He was unpredictable at the best of times.

Nothing happened. 

“I’ve lost my edge,” he whispered. “I’m done in. I can’t do this any more…”

“No, no, no!” 

“All I wanted was for one person to look at my Bloke In A Dress – instead, everyone turned away!”

“Mr Riordan – please. People here don’t like what’s different, they can’t cope with it. So they look away. It’s them, not you.”


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44 thoughts on “Perspective – Friday Fictioneers

  1. The cheek comes out pretty well! I had no idea who Eddie Izzard was, now I do. 🙂
    I also enjoyed the bit about people not liking ‘what’s different’. Sometimes it is true, sometimes it seems the artist likes ‘what’s different’ a bit too much.
    Nice one in any case!

  2. Excellent Freya. I took this as a statement on art in that people have difficulty accepting something new and often confronting. The artists reaction as being a failure in this situation is sad but sometimes real, even when he is trying to get away with a ‘bloke in a dress’.

  3. Change is difficult for many people, and find it difficult to step outside the box with their thinking.

    Not only in Mr. Riordan’s creative edge, but also in his needing to escalate himself by being called by his surname, and not his given name.

    Your story reflects this quite well!

  4. You’ve written a complex character in Riordan – does his rudeness come from insecurity, or is the insecurity a play, I wonder…
    If I could offer a concrit, the “no no no!” line seems to me the weakest – the journalist is being offered a new insight into this volatile man and goes from fearing him to comforting him – this line could be used to show her dilemma and change of heart. But that’s just a suggestion.

    1. Of course you can offer your thoughts! I kind of wrote the journalist a bit as me – I love to ask the probing question, but then sometimes shy away from going in for the kill, because I hate it when people get upset… A work in progress 🙂

  5. very entertaining piece. i feel a bit sorry for the artist. 🙂 the conversation/ interaction between him and the journalist was the most amusing part ^^

  6. Wonder what Mister Riordan thinks of the ballerina dancing circles around his “bloke in a dress”–a flash performance piece? Your journalist might find her hook there.

  7. It was refreshing to see a journalist drop her pushy facade and react to the angst of the artist. Don’t know how many would really do that, but it was a nice change.


    1. Thank you, Janet! Sometimes, allowing the persona underneath the profession to peek through is actually more productive, in the end. I agree though, it might not realistic…!

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