tues mona lisa

“I will make you famous,” he had said, all those centuries ago. “I will immortalize you, cara. Never to age, never to lose that heart-wrenching beauty.” He was a smooth talker, but aren’t all artists? They will say anything to convince you to pose. And he knew me too well, knew how I treasured my youth, knew how I feared losing my treasure. “You will never fade. People will never cease to marvel at your mystery, never stop pondering the magic of your smile.”

He didn’t love me, I know that now. His offer was self-serving: my living spirit poured into my portrait irrevocably cemented his renown. But he offered a union, my countenance immortalized by him, his fame entwined with mine, joined for eternity. Perhaps that is another kind of love, a choice made at the intersection of desires: his immortal fame, and my immortal beauty.

So I let him paint me, and accepted his price. –The Frown by Floris M. Kleijne

Fiction Writing Prompt: What would your protagonist do to become immortal? How would he/she deal with the consequences?

Journaling Prompt: Would you want to be immortal? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Mona Lisa

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of Mona Lisa.

Photo Credit: Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

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