The centrepiece

Image credit: David Stewart

“No, it’s not the colour, the colour’s just fine.”

“Is it the lights? I could add more lights.”

“No, no… there are just the right number of lights.”

“Too many fountains? Too few?”

“That’s not it.”

By this time, I was pulling my hair out. I’ve had years of experience judging client expressions, and his told me all I needed to know: he wasn’t happy.

“So, what is it?”

“It’s just… a matter of symmetry, you see.”

I finally saw the problem, and resigned myself to the laborious task of moving the whole thing six feet to the left.

Word count: 99
Prompt: Friday Fictioneers

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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30 Responses to The centrepiece

  1. Beck says:

    Oh my word… hilarious!

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, poor soul, although, I have to agree! :-)

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  3. That was so much fun to read!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  4. msjadeli says:

    Oh how that cracked me up. Good one, Colin!

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  5. Wonderful story! Now I can’t unsee the asymmetry of the prompt…

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  6. Hahaha :) That cracked me up! Clients. Some you cannot live with and most you cannot live without :(

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  7. Fandango says:

    You’ve got a good eye. I never would have noticed, but now I can’t help but seeing it and it’s driving me crazy.

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  8. pennygadd51 says:

    I like your imaginative take on the prompt. You give a good description of the interaction between designer and client too.

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  9. Dear Pendantry,

    This sounds like my husband and me when we’re setting up for art fairs. ;) Nicely done.



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  10. Dale says:

    I noticed the off-centre piece, too! Maybe if he just walked his client a bit to the right, it will look more centre ;-)

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  11. I thought I was the only person crazy about such “details.”

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  12. Six feet, eh? ;)

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  13. Oh dear, that could be me! I’m cursed with the necessity for everything to be symmetrically placed. Suddenly the photo is driving me bonkers!

    Here’s mine!

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  14. A very entertaining story and great dialogue. Now, I see it! 🙂

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  15. Val says:

    I wasn’t expecting that! (Just shows you how unobservant I am – I saw the photo and didn’t twig.)

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