The Girl In The Painting

The Girl In The Painting

Anne Brooke

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When Celia becomes obsessed with her grandmother's painting, she realises her life will never be the same again. How can she ever break free?

 
PUBLISHED BY: Untreed Reads Publishing
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PUBLICATION DATE: 2010
WORD COUNT: 2400
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 1
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CATEGORIES: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romantic Fiction, WomanLove
KEYWORDS: literature, lesbian, paranormal, feminist
 

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COPYRIGHT Anne Brooke/2010

There was something about the picture that Celia didn’t like. It wasn’t the subject matter that disturbed her, nor even the way it was painted. She could see nothing to irritate her eye in the simple country scene with corn meadows in the foreground giving way to rich green hills in the more distant perspective. In the middle of the painting stood two young people,: a boy and a girl, perhaps early twenties, both dressed in bright colours. Red and blue. They were walking towards the hills. The girl’s blonde hair streamed backwards in the breeze as her face turned sideways to the boy, and she was laughing.

The way the girl laughed made Celia’s heart beat faster. It wasn’t an outright joyful expression; the side of her mouth that could be seen was twisted downwards and she seemed to be gently mocking her companion. Whether in seriousness or jest was impossible to tell; she couldn’t see the boy’s face, so could not judge what his response was supposed to be.


She wished more and more strongly that her grandmother hadn’t bequeathed the picture to her. When the package had arrived at her door a month ago, she’d been pleased at the gift, even though the painting herself had not been to her taste. She preferred her art to be more austere. But she remembered the kindness of the woman who in her final hours had thought of her and had not been able to bring herself to place it into storage.

 
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