Charli and the good folk at have a new 99 word weekly challenge posted. “In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story behind a memorial. Is it a structure, plaque, or something else? What does it seek to remind those who view it? Go where the prompt leads. Submit by 4 June.”

This is where the prompt led me.

Memorial in the Marble

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

Brom chose the marble for its fine lines and smooth surface, so like her admired skin, cool and pale with fine, blue veins. He ran a hand along its surface and recalled her reaction to his touch. Her shiver of anticipation. His surge of longing when she whispered his name.

His eyes misted. He swiped away emotion with calloused hands, determined. 

Fellow artists advised against this project. Don’t mix personal with professional.

Michelangelo saw the angel in the stone. Brom sought the memorial in the marble.

With meticulous care, he marked and carved her beloved name onto the tombstone.