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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 100
WHAT A GREAT LIFE IT MUST SEEM
“You’re such a success, Elise.” says Mary. “I’m jealous.”
“You got it all, girlfriend,” Barbara adds. “You’re a published author and an artist? If I could do what you do, I’d truly be happy.”
Her compliment is coupled with a longing gaze at Elise’s recently finished seascape.
A mixture of pride and something other than joy floods Elise as her admirers kiss her cheek and leave. She sinks to her knees under the weight of her adult daughter’s scathing words, spewed in anger the night before. Her accusations haunt Elise and reduce her to ash.
“I’m such a failure.”