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The Show

He came down wearing his favourite face.

He’d taken the nose from an artist back during the renaissance, but if he was honest he couldn’t remember if it had been the artist’s nose or one from a painting. Little details like that tended to get somewhat muddled.

He took his seat, the same one he’d taken since long before his nose or even the ear-lobes from that Celtic King. It was his amphitheatre and after a few hundred years of trial and error he’d found the perfect spot.

Now he just had to wait for the tourists to arrive and the show to begin.


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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Dear Carol,

    Is that ‘of’ or ‘or’ in the first line of the third paragraph? Is he the devil? Coming down seems strange for old Scratch so I’m confused. i love the tone and pace of your story but i am left confused. Will keep my eye on the comment section for illumination.



    • Thank you for pointing out the typo.
      My initial idea was to simply have a god/angel/immortal people watching. There are numerous interpretations of gods throughout history, so I didn’t want to pin the character down to any religion in particular.

  2. Carol, I find this interestingly vague–enough details to give us some ideas and then free rein as to where we want to go with them. The devil, a ghostly actor, or ??? Who knows? The play’s the thing. 🙂


  3. I like this a lot – I like the surrealism of it, the man of many faces waiting for some unspecified show to start. I like it.

  4. I find it fascinating that the comments have your character as a devil or a god. It’s a very fine line and the vagueness of your story allows for imaginative interpretation.

  5. Definitely surreal and not vague. I liked this. Left a great deal to the reader’s imagination. Good to make us work sometimes!

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