Clay

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: March 03, 2019

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Clay.

He didn’t think of her as a person, not really. She was more like a lump of clay just waiting to be molded in to what he wanted.

Thoughts needed modifying; she had to see that he, who was both older and male, knew better and that it was her duty to agree. Many thoughts did not concur. He would take the clay, squeeze, twist, manipulate, until she either agreed or kept her thoughts safely locked away inside her head.

Appearance; in theory, as nothing more than clay in his hands it should have been an easy thing to control. Maybe his hands weren’t so skilled at pottery as he imagined for she kept acquiring all these imperfections. He was sometimes very dissatisfied with the results, and would then resort to taunting, to teasing. Her tears, of course, made the clay too soggy to work successfully with and eventually he gave up.

So many faults appeared. He would pummel the clay, try to release the air from inside it, to make it smoother, more refined. He would press the clay into a lump between his hands and would try to reshape it again and again, his idea of perfection always there in his mind. It never quite worked out though, no matter how many hours he put in.

She was starting to crack a long time before the big fissures began to show. She would bend, a limb would fracture, her face became even less perfect than before, lined and peeling. He had forgotten but she had not; clay can only be worked so much before it becomes impossible to mold.

Into the kiln one day and that was it, the end. Her final moment before shattering in to a million particles and leaving him with nothing more than dust.


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