A Lovely Work of Art

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, when writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. This week’s photo is by John Nixon.

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Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?

Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?

–          From “Mona Lisa,” music and lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston

A Lovely Work of Art

by Jan Brown

He’d walked past the little store dozens of times, never stopping—until today.

Today, the sweet music of his past wafted from the open door. Painful memories washed over him as he listened to “Mona Lisa.” It reminded him of the clubs he frequented in Seoul in the early fifties. He was a dapper young spy, easily able to romance important female targets.

Kim was different—a local barmaid, not a target. He fell in love with her beauty, her grace, her mysterious smile.

She stole his heart. But when she stole his files, he realized why she was smiling.


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44 thoughts on “A Lovely Work of Art

  1. If he’s still on the job today, I hope his internal radar has improved or we can guess where the security leaks have been coming from for the past fifty-some years. Really good story.

  2. Ah, he let his professionalism slip for a pretty face. But looks like he married her anyway, if the wedding dress triggered the memory? Or did she marry him and steal the files afterwards? Your story could go in all sorts of directions. Well done.

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