The sun crackled, singeing her skin. She drank in the heat, letting it hit the depths of her lungs as it enveloped her, invading her body with its stifling smother. She opened one eye and saw her feathery lashes in the reflection of her sunglasses. They were curved, covered in a thick black mascara stain. She was batting them in vanity when she first noticed the lines. Little wrinkled trenches spanning away from those plumed hairs, gorging through the skin and reaching towards her eyebrows in a takeover of old age. Her designer lenses magnified them to horrific heights. Her years of sunshine allegiance, her practised pose of worship, her secret concoction of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, and all she was left with was something that resembled a desiccated baked potato.

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  1. […] Thank to Laura and her Literary Lion. Here is my take on this week’s prompt: Sun […]

  2. Andy says: Reply

    Love the idea of jumping from a vanity pose, to one of horror, reflected in her glasses. And the “desiccated baked potato” ending, nice. She has aged years, without even leaving her sun-lounger.

    1. The Marbella sun lounger… where the years can fly by in just a few hours.

  3. […] must admit that I struggled a little this week for my Literary Lion entry. Perhaps the result is a little too contrived, I’ll let you judge. I didn’t want […]

  4. […] post is in response to the blogging event of “Literary Lion” sponsored by Laura Gabrielle Feasey each fortnight. This event serves as an inspiration to writers […]

  5. Donna-Louise Bishop says: Reply

    *Raises hand* When’s this one due in Miss?

    1. Technically Wednesday, but then again technically Thursday, as I posted late. So I can’t really reprimand any latecomers… haha.

        1. No worries at all, I know how difficult it can be fitting it all in ?

  6. […] week’s Literary Lion challenge was the word sun – something we seem to be lacking in the UK now that winter […]

  7. […] post was written in response to the Literary Lion: Sun writing challenge, from about a month ago, but for some reason I never published […]

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