Five Sentence Fiction — Delicate

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Delicate.

pen and seal
Here is my offering:

His ageless hands were delicate—almost effeminate—with long, pencil thin fingers. The nails were manicured, buffed and fastidiously filed to points giving them an almond shape but were of an uncomfortable length for a man and offered little contrast to his skin, which was the color of fog. A silver ring—an intricate and filigreed knot encrusted with blood-red rubies—bobbed on his pinkie as he drummed his fingers slowly, patiently. He smiled at the soul across the table with plenty of emotion but there was little mirth or warmth in it. Pocketing the pen after completing the transaction he noticed that the signature he had finally extracted was shaky and lacked conviction, but a man’s mark, was a man’s mark.

OK, I admit it… I saw the Mercedes ad during the Super Bowl.

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15 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Delicate

  1. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl so this almost felt insidious or sinister. Nice descriptive work.

  2. Didn’t see Superbowl either, but a nice piece of signing your life away! Great description, I could easily see him, and I wouldn’t want to meet him!

    • creepy Willem Defoe plays the devil as the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil plays in the background. you can find it on youTube…

      Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by.

  3. That’s ironic. I felt the same way when I signed the finance paperwork on my new Mercedes.

  4. I don’t remember the ad, but this was wonderful. You have a remarkable way with imagery. The pinky ring bobbing as his fingers drummed on the desk. Really, really great stuff, my friend.

  5. Wow. Thanks! I appreciate the kind words and the continued support.

  6. Didn’t see the mercedes ad or the superbowl but I did see this story and I really liked it a lot! 🙂
    Nicely done!

  7. Great depth, great intrigue, makes me want to know more! Nicely done.

  8. Excellent imagery! Very good!

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