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Still Life With Lovers


a short story


Carolyn Burns Bass


Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Burns Bass


Smashwords Edition


All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from Carolyn Burns Bass, except permitted by law. Every reasonable attempt has been made to identify owners of copyright. Errors or omissions will be corrected in subsequent editions.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Cover art: Two Lovers (fragment) by Vincent Van Gogh; Arles, France; March 1988; Oil on Canvas (private collection)


Still Life With Lovers

The portrait fell from the wall when Gustave slammed the door. Slivers of glass lay below, sparkling like raw diamonds on the wool tufts of the Persian carpet. The carved, gilded frame was likely more valuable than the brittle, yellowed portrait. Time had lost the names and dates of the couple frozen in the photograph. Lisette’s mother said they were grandparents back too many generations to care.

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