The latest challenge issued by Charli Mills at https://carrotranch.com : “March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. Is there a power struggle over art? Would the general public miss it? Is the end of art a natural evolution? Go where the prompt leads.”

This is where the prompt led.

Background with blank canvas on wooden table

Art

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

 Mya blinked back tears.

Her husband Eric clenched his jaw. “I not going to pay for that.”

She held the canvas away from her chest, unwilling to look from a greater vantage. The piece came to life under her scrutiny as it was, filled with riotous joy and an appreciation for intellect and beauty. Subtle hues hid encouragement for future artists, while the highlighted portion danced with real and present victory. As her heart swelled, tears broke through her dam.

She memorized the lines and colors, but since she had no money of her own, she left the art.

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