A Pristine Disappointment

Her “beauty[…] was the radiance of an opium-dream[…] Yet her features were not of that regular mould which we have been falsely taught to worship in the classical labors of the heathen.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Dear Master,

Although starting a letter with a quotation is unorthodox, I feel the words of your idol best describe the home I’ve secured for us. The house itself is a pristine disappointment. However, the lack of corruption mutilating our new walls will mean nothing after you glance upon the mad angel who lurks next door. I’ve included a sketch.

Your eternal servant,

the wee notes…
– A house behind twisted trees (see below) made me think of my beloved Poe, and of his love for the gnarled and uncanny. I went digging for a piece out of Odessa Begay’s Edgar Allan Poe coloring book, which I colored in a rather imaginative way *cough*.
– Linked to Friday Fictioneers. Visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog, to join the fun. Then follow this LINK, to read what others have dragged from behind the fence.
– Linked to Prompt Nights ~ Fly (0ver) Friday.

inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “Ligeia”
colored to mad life by moi

photo by J Hardy Carroll

80 thoughts on “A Pristine Disappointment”

  1. Lovely, Gothic twist on the prompt Magaly – I can see why looking at those gates! Love a bit of Gothic myself 🙂 Great take

  2. I knew she (our leader) would love the colors you chose. 🙂
    What a neighborhood. Belton, Missouri you say? Hmm, who would have ever guessed.
    Like they say, “You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.”

  3. Delectable! I love the practical tone of Igor’s letter, and the in-passing revelation that Poe is his Master’s ‘idol’ (well of course!). And I love that you don’t do colouring IN, which I loathe, but colouring – in your own way. You are inimitable, Magaly – otherwise I’d be copying you in all sorts of ways all the time!

    • I suspected you might like this one. And guess what? As I was writing it, I remember that I owe you a Sweet Darn story. I completely forgot! I promise to fix my mistake before the end of the month.

  4. Such fun! There are always thrills and chills when moving into a new abode,
    but juicy neighbors would be a real plus!

  5. I love the phrase “pristine disappointment” – it really lets us know (along with “lack of corruption”) what the Master is looking for in his new abode, and it’s not what most of us would want 🙂

  6. Love the phrase ‘pristine disappointment’! And what an original take on the prompt! I didn’t know there were Poe colouring books. Wow! You did colour very imaginatively!

  7. Yes, “the lack of corruption mutilating our new walls ” will soon be forgotten with that loveliness next door…. Nice take on the prompt.

  8. Just so clever. I love the way you start with a quote and then the letter. You have made this a truly Gothic story, without resorting to overkill. It is such classy writing. As for that angel, what an characterful and fascinating picture. You have such talent, Magaly.

  9. Whistles!!❤️💝Lovely Gothic themed write, Magaly 😀 I love the empirical tone of Igor’s letter, and the revelation that Poe is his Master’s “idol” ..sigh what a fabulous picture that is!😍 Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support.❤️💝

    Lots of love,

  10. The house is good. (I would live there). The Master should like it. However, the neighbor has to go. Perhaps Igor knows some spells? Awesome piece of writing!

  11. A neatly constructed piece.
    I shall have to locate one of those books – my son-in-law Alan has a china potty called Edgar – when I asked him why, he told me, ‘It’s Edgar, Alan’s po.’ There’s no answer to that!

  12. I love how you went all gothic on us… a unique take on the prompt, though the gnarled trees and fences would need some moonlight too…

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