Short story: Private view

janet-webbs-sangriaThe room was noisy with chatter and braying laughs. Margaret squeezed between clusters of people, smiling, raising her glass above her head; her breasts towards the men, and backside to the women.  The paintings were too abstract for her liking, but she wasn’t wearing her glasses and she was on her third sangria.

She stopped in front a small oil. The title, ‘Woman with yellow hair’ swam alarmingly when she leaned forward. She lifted the painting off the wall, peered closer and without looking around slipped it into her handbag.

At the door Margaret felt a hand on her arm.


Earlier this week, Ruth Hunt posted a Q&A with me about my writing process, on her blog. Click here to have a read, or to contact Ruth if you’re interested in her featuring you.

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48 thoughts on “Short story: Private view

  1. Oh ho ho!A Klepto ? Or its just the Sangria?Or maybe she had a personal interest?Too bad if she is caught-well,that restraining arm could belong to a lover too ;-)Loved the character sketch and her movement through the crowd:-)


  2. Moral: A noisy, crowded gallery may not be the ideal place to pull off a heist. Then again, the sangria may have been the true reason for the failed attempt. So many different reasons to attend a gallery opening too.


  3. Oh my, perhaps if she didn’t drink as much, she would have known better than to try to pull a heist off in the midst of a crowd. 😀 Seriously, this was a good story.



  4. Oh she was so terribly close to succeeding in her theft…oh maybe it isn’t anyone catching her, maybe its just an acquaintance wanting to say hello, one can always hope for such a bold, somehow charming character 😀


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