Hello blog, it’s been a while. I know I’ve been woefully absent for the past year++…and if there is anyone who comes back to read this, then virtual cookies to you for being so loyal.
One way I thought I might get back into blogging is to start writing drabbles based on reader prompts. Hopefully it would be a neat way for people to request things they’d like to see with some of their favorite characters beyond the books, and a fun challenge for me.
Here’s one a lovely reader sent me:
Aileen — “She didn’t ordinarily do this kind of thing, but this was no ordinary day.”
“Are you done yet?”
“No. And stop asking; you’re changing the contours of your facial features.”
Aileen almost scowled, but remembered to bite it back at the last second. She didn’t normally do this kind of thing, but this was no ordinary day, not when an up-and-coming local artist wanted to theme his next collective project on environmentalism and the sea. Aileen just didn’t know why she had to be the inspiration for his current painting. Live, in person. For almost an hour now.
And the bubbling commentary from the peanut gallery in the aquarium nearby was not helping. Especially since she was the only one who could hear it.
“Lift your chin.”
“I wanna be in the painting!”
“Shut up,” she muttered.
The artist huffed. “Hold still!”