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Dilation Exercise 28

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

In the secure privacy of her own thoughts, she was proud of her attention to detail.

Even so, as she checked and rechecked the crime scene within memory to make sure she’d left behind nothing incriminating, the stress of it began to take a toll on the rest of her life.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “The Creeps” copyright © 2008 Alan M. Clark.
Unpublished. Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

2 responses

  1. Odd, she thought, how the action in a particular place could weld you to it, forever. Like Prometheus’ rock, the house kept her mind chained to it. The body, long forgotten in it’s dark recesses returned almost nightly to peck and tear at her soul. It was the liver in the myth, which the bird tore at, which was only right since it was considered to be the home of the soul at the time, not the brain. That act, ending their miserable life, pecked and shreded her brain during the night. During the day, the sight of their body at the bottom of the shaft hid away, just out of sight, a mischeveous child playing peek-a-boo. It waited for an ungaurded moment, for an object, a phrase, a mere time of day, to remind her of her victim, then it would leap out, and slash at her mind, as a peturbed cat would at it’s owners hand.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  2. alanmclark

    Fun, Joe, thanks.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

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