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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 J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  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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