The Unveiling

Trifecta: Week 102

The weekly prompt at Trifecta is-

 
:  skill in planning, making, or executing :  dexterity

2 a :  an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill <the carpenter’s craft> <the craft of writing plays> <crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing>

 

plural :  articles made by craftspeople <a store selling crafts> <a crafts fair>

:  skill in deceiving to gain an end <used craft and guile to close the deal>

http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/11/trifecta-week-102.html#comment-form

Here is my submission:-)

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The Unveiling

 

Smiling, she opened the door and flung herself into his arms. He laughed and hugged her back. He could not help it. Her exuberance was infectious!

“Stevie! So, so good to see you again! I knew you would never forsake us-so what if you are a big shot in the city now!”She giggled, looking at him mischievously.

Later, at her studio, she regaled him with all the local gossip and told him proudly that she had been selected to sculpt his full size replica, to be placed at the town Square. The town planned to honour its Hero before he left for the city in two weeks time.

He listened and wondered how and when to tell her about the change in his plans for their future. He was afraid that she would not take it well.

Next week, when they met for dinner, he broached the topic.

“Julia, about our engagement…I think we ought to talk about it.”

“Of course, Stevie, its time we set the wedding date. We also need to finalize our move to the city. I was wondering if getting a studio for my work would be…

“Julia, please listen, “he interrupted her.”I am sorry, but I have met someone else and I want to call off the engagement. This is the only reason I came.”

He was surprised when she did not break down but told him in a strangely cold tone,”Thank you for being honest.”

A week later, he had booked an early morning flight and had decided to check in at the airport hotel the night before.

At 2 a.m, Julia called, “Come immediately.”

He could not refuse.

She was at her studio, working feverishly at his replica.”I could not finish this without you.”

She poured champagne into two glasses. ”To a new life! Cheers!”

Two weeks later.

Steven’s bronze statue was unveiled by the Mayor. Everyone marveled at Julia’s craftsmanship. Sad, Steven had to leave for Africa.

Julia smiled. She too could use craft.

 

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58 thoughts on “The Unveiling

    • Ah,she had covered it in wax first and then cast it in iron-then covered it with bronze ;-)Well,what could he do-it was his heart that strayed-honesty is not always the best policy,see?LOL!

      • Looks like you’ve done some research on this (um, it’s research and not experience…right? :)) I guess in this case a lie could’ve saved his life (or at least stayed the execution!)

      • Ha!ha!I did but did not get any perfect answers-guess no sculptor murderer as yet-so just made this up,lol!Yes,but he never thought that she had such crazy craftiness in her 😛

  1. Well, she is crafty indeed. 🙂 Nice twist in the story. I was rooting for her but in the end, I couldn’t take anybody’s side. It is really well-written and makes quite an enjoyable read. 🙂

    • Ha!ha!Thank you Kymm-will take that as a compliment-poor Pratibha-she was totally zapped by your comment-she has no idea you have been spreading my fame everywhere(snort) 😀

    • Aww,thank you so much Laura :-)Yes,I just finished reading the remaining 15 entries after last night and commenting too-am going to b e back tomorrow to vote for sure 🙂

    • Thank you Joanne :-)Yes,she sure turned out to be crafty-aren’t we all,when the circumstances demand?Oh,that is easy-she got away with murder -he paid for his honesty-with his life-preserved for posterity in full view;-)Whether she lived happily ever after is open to question-seeing that she really was not an evil person…

  2. Oh I loved this! Immortalized IN bronze, forever! Well done my friend, and thank you so much for your comment on my blog! It made me feel better. I’m sending you a hug:)

    • Thank you Valerie:-)Am returning the hug to both you & your princess-we are blessed to be moms to beautiful datrlings-so I can empathise with your heart ache-but keep your chin up-you are a strong woman & it is reflected in your writings-wish I could know u ,Ivy,Kymm,Janna-just to name a few from Trifecta,in real life too ❤

      • ❤ to you too Ivy and thank you so much for your love and support too-yes,u r right-it is mutual and that makes it more lovely:-)

        But Ivy, am a bit confused-am I missing something here- I responded to Valerie and you commented back-are you her daughter?I feel I have had dumb for breakfast today,lol!

    • Ha!ha!Thank you my dear & GM from India-just came on and responding to the comments-your’s is the last-saw that you have submitted on Trifecta-yesterday had a marathon day reading ,commenting and generally catching up-will now go to read the remaining submissions on Trifecta-posted after I went to bed-& vote of course-hope you have voted:-)Will also try to read some of your recent posts-am always falling behind-no idea how all you other writers do so much-phew!Have a wonderful day/nite:-)Talk to u again,God Bless

      • I loved Agatha growing up. Haven’t read any Koontz, but I love Stephen King.

        BTW, I replied on your response to Valerie because I noticed the last line where you listed Trifectans you’d like to know in real life. I saw my name, and wanted to let you know the feeling is mutual. 🙂 Your comment about having dumb for breakfast cracked me up. Lol!

      • How lovely that you too love SK:-)

        Oh,I really must have had dumb for bf & loony for lunch!I never remember half the thgs,lol!Thk u Ivy-you are a sweetie!

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