Plain View

24 May

This was written for the Two for Tuesday Challenge #9. Prompt: Plain View (under 200 words).

The decline was so subtle that she couldn’t notice how much she strained to see until she tried on a new pair of glasses. All of a sudden, the world around her changed. Treetops which had mostly consisted of varying shades of green turned out to have sharply defined leaves, swaying gently in the wind. Buildings stopped stretching so high that their contours blurred, as if shrouded in mist; instead, they became finite objects lining the sky. Her ability to read signs clearly from more than a few feet away made her feel as though the small bubble she had been living in was visibly expanding, her world growing in front of her eyes. A stranger smiled as he walked past; she relished every line and stray hair as if they were the highlights of a work of art.

In a few days she would stop noticing these small instances of beauty. A few months later the world would regain its blurry veil, making her feel like an eternal observer, a woman spying on life with her worn crystal ball. But for now, she smiled back.

Word count: 186


Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Flash Fiction


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2 responses to “Plain View

  1. ahblack57

    May 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I wear glasses and this is a wonderful description of what it is like to get glasses for the first time or even upgrading your prescription. Wonderful descriptions and a great take on the prompt. Thanks for playing along, this was a fun read.

  2. jennifermzeiger

    May 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    This is a wonderful description of how it feels to have poor eye sight. Without my glasses or contacts, I’m close to a bat. Great job=)


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