Light flashed on his ruby ring. You make me look handsome, he laughed. I can see why you’re the talk of Florence. Yes, I’d like another portrait. My new young wife.
The new young wife was shy and obedient. She would meet him in the afternoons. You have beautiful eyes, he said.
My husband will be pleased with the portrait, she said. Could you paint the background just for me? Paint the fields of Tuscany. Paint two lovers under a tree. Paint your name and mine in the leaves, and two birds flying free. She smiled. He will never know.
Author bio: Voima Oy lives on the western rim of Chicago, near the expressway and the Blue Line trains. Her writing can be found online at VERStype, Unbroken Journal, Molotov Cocktail – Flash Worlds, The Cabinet of Heed, Burning House Press, Paragraph Planet and 101 Fiction.
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Tuscany is part of 101 Fiction issue 23.
From: 101 Fiction