Friday 30 September 2011

#fridayflash: Imago dei

Sheril glared at her reflection: short, dumpy, too-dark skin, flat hair, eyes just a little too far apart.

“Hah! Who looks like god? Not me, certainly,” she grumbled aloud, certain that the comforting words the preacher had said this morning in church was just another miasma of religious pretension. “You can’t fill this lacuna with your empty words. Empty is empty and empty fills nothing.”

Mama would think her crazy to be talking to her reflection, but sometimes she thought Mama was crazy to believe in a god who would leave her in this hellhole with a missing Papa who could not even spell Cheryl right, stupid Latino.

“I certainly do not want to look like you either,” a voice said, startling her. “No, do not oscitate. I understand there has been a glitch in the spacetime continuum that has brought me here right at this moment, which has proven to be quite synchronistic, don’t you think?

Sheril stared at the bearded man reflected behind her left shoulder.

“Ah, all sorted out now,” he said, smiling.

“Who are you and what do you do in my room?” Sheril asked, turning to look behind her.

There was no one there.


Prompt: the second campaigner challenge.

Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
  • include the word "imago" in the title [check]
  • include the following 4 random words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity," [check]
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post. [check]
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY! [check]
The 200 words was hard, this time. It kept getting either too long or too short. Like my post on rachael's blog (see link above) if you like it! It's number 167. :)


  1. Good story! Enjoyed your use of the words.

  2. Very interesting build up. Enjoyed it.

  3. Very nice! I like your voice with this. I loved Sheril here: "Empty is empty and empty fills nothing."
    Mins is #3.

  4. Very interesting. Who is that bearded man, I wonder.

    Nicely done, and also intriguing.

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  5. Great use of the words and love the confusion at the end. Sheril probably feels a little foolish now ;)

  6. Interesting, wanted to know more! ; )

  7. Very intriguing story - well done! Great use of all required words.

    I'm # 157

  8. Oh, interesting. Who was the man? Great set-up and use of the challenge words.

  9. Great presentation ... would love to know who the bearded guy is ...
    My entry at no.#185

  10. Would have loved to see what happened next time she looked in the mirror! Good job!

  11. This was excellent!

    Very intriguing from the get go.

    Great job, Natz! :)

  12. Thanks guys :)
    Glad you liked it.

  13. Now I'm curious. I want to know who the bearded guy was.

    Great job, btw!

  14. Good word weaving and story telling. A mystery, I love mysteries, leaving something unsaid.

    It was a fun read. Good job!

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