Wednesday, 6 June 2018

THE FORGER - 100 word story

Ah, the Met. I fell in love with this museum when I visited New York so this week's photo prompt from the Friday Fictioneers brought back great memories.

We've all seen images of those famous paintings but there is absolutely nothing like seeing the originals.



PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot


THE FORGER


It was 2am. Ned sat in front of his favourite painting to eat his sandwiches.
He stared at the painting.
He wasn't a bad artist himself: just never had the breaks. Instead he made a few extra dollars from painting peoples' pets.
But that didn't scratch his itch.
Every night Ned ate his sandwiches and sketched the painting. He used the sketches to paint his own copy to display in his dingy apartment.
The copy was flawless.
On his last night on the job, Ned made the swap.
Nothing like a security guard to know how to beat the system.




I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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72 comments:

  1. Dear Susan,

    It's all about getting the breaks, isn't it? I love the twists and turns in this story. O.Henry is smiling on you. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. He he - like the comparison, Rochelle! Thanks for commenting.

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  2. How do you steal a painting from the Met? Practice, practice, practice.

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  3. I feel like saying well done Ned, but then I supppose I shouldn't as he's commited a crime! Oh blow it, well done Ned!

    Click to read my FriFic tale


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    1. He he - yes, I feel a bit like that too, Keith.

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  4. Great plot for a heist movie! Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Iain. Yes, I was thinking along the lines of The Thomas Crown Affair. :)

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  5. Nothing beats the feeling of having the real thing hanging on your wall! I loved the twist at the end of your story - a security guard! You'd as good as told us by saying he sketched the painting at 2 a.m. - and it still surprised me! Well done!

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    1. Always happy to offer up a surprise, Penny!

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  6. Interesting story, Susan!
    That's a talented and artistic guard.
    If sch thefts really happen, experts will get to learn much later...
    You Make Me Feel Alive- Anita

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    1. Thanks, Anita. I wonder if this sort of thing could really happen!

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  7. Ha! A delightful switch-a-roo! I think this COULD really happen. Maybe it already has!

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    1. He he - you might be right, Alicia!

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  8. Not bad. I never really thought of an "inside job" concerning a museum, but... Why not?

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    1. It must offer temptation to some, don't you think?

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  9. Well placed job I would say!! Good one!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney - appreciate the feedback. :)

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  10. Such a great story... Takes "The Thomas Crowne Affair" to a whole new level!

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    1. A lot less complicated anyway, even though it took longer! :)

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  11. Great thriller feel to this one! I've never understood why it would matter so much to someone that he had the original, if his copy was such a perfect copy that it couldn't be distinguished. Or maybe he just wants the thrill of everyone being fooled by his own "masterpiece."

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    1. I think you've answered your own question, Joy. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  12. Ooh Ned, you naughty boy! Now he just has to convince the underground art world that he really does have the original to sell... :-)

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    1. Does he have the right connections, or does he want to keep it for himself? :)

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  13. Excellent story! Having just visited The Museum d'Orsay in Paris, seeing the originals of favourite paintings is something else. Haven't been to the Met yet.

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    1. Darlene, I would thoroughly recommended the Met, but all the great museums and galleries in cities throughout the world are wonderful... Thanks for commenting.

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  14. I love the idea of him creating a flawless copy, just so he could have the original at hoe (or was it so his work would be on display?)

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    1. Good question, Patsy. I rather think he wanted to display his work in a real gallery rather than a painting of a pet on someone's living room wall.

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  15. A very profitable way of whiling away the nightshift hours. Good one, Susan.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. It satisfied his "itch". :)

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  16. He must be a pretty special artist!

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    1. Yes a good copyist, but maybe lacking imagination to create his own original art?

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  17. Tsk! He should have kept the copy, even if it makes for a great twist ending.

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  18. Great twist at the end. So much talent, wasted, it would seem.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Yes, he obviously didn't know how to market his original work.

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  19. He made the swap! He must really good! Great story. Especially the ending.

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    1. He he - thanks, Shivam - glad you liked it.

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  20. What a fun and clever story. It's always nice to have the original copy of your favorite painting.

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    1. Thanks, Russell. I've got a print or two adorning my walls. :)

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  21. Ah... the guard, I wondered who could just sit there.

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    1. Yes, one way to spend his nights at the museum. :)

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  22. with all the security cameras all over, i wonder how long it would take before the authorities find out. no crime goes unpunished. )

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    1. I'll leave you to fill in the blanks, Plaridel! :)

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    1. Thanks for your feedback, Lisa. :)

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  24. Clearly with Ned around there really will soon be NOTHING like seeing the originals! Great story, enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to seeing the image come to life when I go to New York in a few months' time. I hope I meet Ned there.

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    1. Ah, you're going? You're in for a treat! My visit to The Met was one of the highlights of my New York trip. :)

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    1. Thank you! Always great to hear when someone has enjoyed reading one of my stories. :)

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  26. Lovely, and I actually missed the 2am hint until you said he was a security guard. I guess that's how he got around the cameras too. ;)

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  27. Yes, his job meant he knew all about the security system, Melody. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  28. Perfect. Loved the post !

    https://trailbrooklane.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-statue.html

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  29. Like the way the story unfolds, leading perfectly to the surprise ending. A most imaginative take on the prompt.
    francineangelcakes

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments!

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  30. What a great twist,he has the perfect job.

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    1. Thanks, Gah. Yes, what better job for a wanna-be famous artist?

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  31. Aht he desire to be an aritist, forever amazing!
    I think you're one as well. Beautifully painted story!
    Vanya

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  32. Wow! Thanks for your lovely comments, Vanya. :)

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  33. I will never trust a security guard in a museum ever again ;) Great story!

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    1. He he - thanks for commenting, Ellie - glad you liked it. :)

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  34. Ah, but how will he profit from this? Is it just from the love of owning the painting himself or does he have a hugely wealthy, criminal buyer lined up? Cracking tale and deftly told Susan

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Lynn. The way I saw the character when I invented him was that he yearned for vindication of his skill and by hanging his own painting in the gallery he now has it.

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  35. A well written creative story. Well done to Ned. =)

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    1. Thanks for your feedback, Brenda - appreciate it. :)

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  36. Ah, so that was his plan all along! I wonder if he'll get away with it.

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    1. That will depend on how well he's thought everything through! Thanks for commenting, Magarisa. :)

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