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April 2, 2019

Fiction: Breakdown Hotel for the Dégagé

Hotel Room by Edward Hopper
Fiction: Breakdown Hotel for the Dégagé

She has been sitting on the bed and pondering at the piece of paper in her hand. A letter that she have folded and unfolded. From one moment to the next, she would look at it, fondle it and remember all that she had lost. Then she would toss it on the bed carelessly.

Today, another sunless day, she keeps the shade down. She have not unpacked, thinking all the time she would leave. She strolls the carpeted floor back and forth, back and forth. Then she pulls and squeezes the sheets until they lay a bundled of cotton on the bed. How did she get here and why haven't she left?

She drops down again on the bed and digs out the letter from among the sheets. She reads it again. Every sentence, every word, now sounds blunt, insincere, cruel. She crumbles up the letter and throws it on the floor. Then she lays down on the bed. She watches the black fan spinning calmly. She let out a deep sigh.

A train whistle faintly passes by. She turns to the window but all she sees is the darkness. And that damm brightly, colored shade. She rushes out of bed and pulls the shade up and pushes the window open. A cool breeze glides over her. The dark clouds shift but no light come between them. She lets out a long breath. Tomorrow. She will leave tomorrow. Today, she will linger here just a little while longer. Just until she is certain he would not come. She would wait another day. One more 'another day.'

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Note: According to Merriam-Webster dégagé means: (1) free of constraint: nonchalant; (2) being free and easy; (3) extended with toe pointed in preparation for a ballet step.

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8 comments:

  1. Such a dark piece. I hope her tomorrows are filled with sunshine.

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    1. whenver I see a edward hopper painting, I find sorrow there so the story is a bit on the down side.

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  2. I love the inspirational painting from which you drew your story of potential heartbreak.

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    1. I think all edward hopper paintings are potential heartbreaks, don't you feel the sadness or loneliness when you see one of his works?

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  3. This story is sad and I worry for her being unable to move on.

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    1. it is sad but the painting just lead toward that story, at least, it seems to me.

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  4. I hope you do something more with this. I love the painting.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. maybe farther down in the alphabet when I run out of ideas.

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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