The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A seventeenth-century painting becomes the centre of a thirteen-year-old’s world.

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Drabble #1: By Your Side

According to Wikipedia, a drabble is:

a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length. 

The idea behind the drabble is:

brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drabble

So here is my first drabble. It’s called By your side.

“Don’t worry,” she says. “I’ll never leave you.”

And she means it.

She will always be there, supportive, a giving look in her eyes as she sacrifices herself, for his sake, over and over. All for him. Because she believes in him, even if he doesn’t believe in himself.

“I’ll always be at your side,” she says quietly, moving closer. She puts her hand on his. He doesn’t move away.

He doesn’t want her to be there. He wants her to go. He says nothing.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Classic Neil Gaiman: full of invention and imagination, poor on character and writing.

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