Word Portrait || Old Age

She had been old for as long as I could remember; a quality confirmed by photographs that documented the last three decades. Not that there were many, but in the few pictures that were she always seemed to have been caught by accident; lingering in the background while casting suspicious stares at the camera lens.…

Word Portrait || Loaded Dice

There are those whose entire existence is defined by grief. Such was the case with the little boy who lived three houses down from us in the impish rendition of the modern villas that lined the rest of the street. It was through no fault of his own that he grew up haunted by the…

Word Portrait || Uncomfortably Young

She is young, uncomfortably so. This is because today she is beautiful, and been made to look so by the hands of professionals. Her hair has been neatly combed into a bun behind her head, her skin caked many shades lighter, and her cheeks painted red by a paste made of beetroots and cherry skins.…

Word Portrait || The Importance of Being Liked

Outside of retina display screens she had a decidedly average appearance. She had mousy brown hair, puffy eyelids seldom seen without shadow, blanched lips, and a small and short build that she felt forever kept her from achieving the degree of glamor that she coveted so dearly. For this reason she was seldom recognized outside…

Word Portrait || No Impression

He was twenty-six, ordinary, and left no impression. He had blonde hair, lightly freckled skin, and pale blue eyes. At 5 foot 10 you could say he had height on his side, but his poor posture and begrudging walk curved its impact. He worked as a barista at an independent coffee house where there was…

Word Portrait || Ever Dreaming

Upon meeting him, people walked away feeling one of two things; inspired or envious. It was a skill he’d first learnt he had on a school yard playground two decades prior when he talked himself out of a beating by threatening to summon his high-school brother on all those involved. It worked—despite the fact that…