50 Word Story – Cold Shoulder


She was turned away from him, and he felt her distance. He closed the gap between them, reached out, and caressed her cheek. No response.

He felt anger welling up inside. “You wouldn’t be here without me!”

He was being childish, but how was he to reach her?

Pygmalion wept.


*In Ovid’s poem Metamorphoses, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had created.

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  1. I’ll admit I had to look up “Pygmalion,” having forgotten this as I have so many other things. It is easy to just toss in some allusion to classical myths in an attempt to add depth or gravitas. Yet you use Pygmalion so well, a perfect period to the story, all too common for us all. For me, it drove home the subtext of “You wouldn’t be here without me!” — how we fall into the trap of seeing the one we love not only our possession, but something (not someone) we have created, as if we one of the gods.

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  2. This one is surely my favorite EVER. As well done as your other works are, with this one, IMHO, you truly became a writer. It’s stunning.! Well worth being identified as your signature piece. You ought to be proud. (Insert ‘heart swelling with pride’ emoj here). Keep up the fine work. Along with the rest of your following, I await your next ‘masterpiece’.

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