Greetings, short story lovers. It is time for this week’s mystery prompt to be revealed.
The prompt is simple: paint. But like so may simple things, once you begin to ponder it, it takes on a lot of depth. With a recent dig in South Africa claiming to have found 100,000 year old pigments, paint is conceivably humanity’s oldest tool. And it stands as a testament to the creative need in all of us that cave paintings exist which pre-date farming itself.
Yet paint is not only for decoration. It is also utilitarian. Things get painted so that they last longer and withstand the elements better.
It is also easy for us, in the modern era, to forget how important paint was as a status symbol. Pigments varied greatly in their rarity and certain colors could only be used for the most special of projects.
Tack onto that war paint, Van Gogh, and paintball, and you have a simple topic with a deceptively large palette for this week’s battle.
Who will wither in the sun and who will retain their satiny sheen?
Let’s find out.
Ellie Ann battles back with “Three Daughters Fight for the Secrets of Color and One Earns It.”
The Battle of Brushes is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).