My name is Gabriela (II) #flash fiction #short prose #poetic prose

Head of a Woman’ by Jean Jacques Henner, Public Domain

Flash Fiction by Gabriela Marie Milton

My name is Gabriela. Papa used to call me Marie.

One night the moon stretched in our bed, its lips sultry, its breasts soft like two humongous cotton candies bought by the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round Carousel. That night your cascading laughter made all naked desires hide under the bed. I tried to drag them out. I couldn’t.

Later, head on your shoulder I looked at the stars through the broken ceiling, my eyes plagued by an inexorable yearning to prove my existence. I don’t know why. Those who want to prove their existence live in the realm of the inexistent. They are bizarre people who write love letters to themselves trying to deceive others.  Any trick is a cry for recognition. Any cry for recognition is a basic assertion of impotence.

What was I doing? Oh, I was trying to get into my red dress. I couldn’t get it over my hips. The humidity of the night must have made it stick to my skin. Did you laugh again?  Stop. Put your shirt on. We’re going out.

Anyway, I was talking about the absence of existence itself which always leads to sorcery. The skin of an eel caught in the spring, dried, stuffed with rose petals and rosemary, chopped and hidden behind the head of the bed. A night spent in that bed will haunt the two lovers for life. Like I haunt you.  

How did you call me? Why did you use that name? Yes, it is my first name, but nobody uses it. Everyone calls me Gabriela.

Stop calling me Anastasia. I am not resurrected yet. I don’t know who Anastasia is. I’ve never met her. But don’t get fooled. That doesn’t make her less dangerous than me.

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Gabriela Marie Milton
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91 thoughts on “My name is Gabriela (II) #flash fiction #short prose #poetic prose

      1. That’s so kind of you to say. Thank you again 🙏🌺❤️

    1. Thank you so much Timothy. I am glad you liked it. Enjoy the rest of your day. Please say hello to the kitties.

      1. I thought you included some very thought provoking sentences as well…
        “Those who write love letters to themselves,”
        And, “…always leads to sorcery,”
        I thought they we awesome 👌

    1. Bo, any day I can put a smile of your face it’s a great day. The thing is I’m smiling too.

      Hon, I do hope you are well. You’ll hear from me soon.

      1. Bo, I know, yet I am glad you went back. I hope little B had fun with the eggs 🙂
        Love you hon.

  1. Mysterious, you never lose the deep symbols in between your words. I wish I had that talent. I truly loved the read, I read your poetry, but your fiction are far and long between. Thank you for sharing 🧡🧡🧡

    1. Miriam, sweetheart, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful comment. You made my day hon.
      I love you to the moon and back. I hope you know that. Have a beautiful day,

      1. Love too, always ❤❤ Je suis très heureuse de te connaître. Xoxo

        Love love love and friendship for good measure 💗💗💗

  2. Flowing and enigmatic and really trippy!! This short piece, carried me along from your bedroom to more mystery.. Love reading you Gabriela (Anastasia? 🙂 and in all your manifestations!

    1. My fabulous Karima. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. You are a sweetheart. I hope you are doing well.

    1. Cheryl, my dearest, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I am deeply grateful to you for every word you wrote. Sending love and huge hugs.

  3. Here I sit, someone who has written her share of pretty good ink, if I say so myself, never really at a loss for words and all i can muster is “Wow! Gabriela, the beauty of this piece is stunning. Worthy of reading again and again and again.” 💕

    1. Nancy, hon, I am so humbled by your words and so happy you liked the piece.

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  4. “Anyway, I was talking about the absence of existence itself which always leads to sorcery.” Now, this is something to think about…

    I loved this piece, Gabriela — the enigma and the poetry of it. I hope you are well. Much love!

    1. Hi Basilike. So good to hear from you. I am so glad you liked my piece. Thank you!

      I am doing fine hon. Just a lot of work. I hope you are fine too.
      Sending love.

    1. Thank you so much Putnam. You are a sweetheart. I hope everything is well with you. Sending love.

  5. Beautiful Button. I feel like I am riding through an emotionally stimulating roller coaster of thoughts and feeling. So captivating, what a weaver you are. Blessings and happy weekend to you. 🤗🦋🌹🌸🌼🌻💐🌺

    1. Thank you for your beautiful words honeybun and sorry for the late reply. Enjoy the rest of the week.

      1. You too dear Gabriela. I hope you are going to have a blessed week. Sending my love. Beautiful dreams to you dear friend, and always prayers for you and your happiness. Love ❤️ Joni

  6. I’ve read this over and over Gabriela as I do often with your poems but this one has so much imagery and layers that I truly get new layers of richness and imagery with each read. Truly captivating, ethereal, magical and touches the senses beyond understanding. It’s phenomenal! 💖

    1. Cindy, my dearest, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your precious words. They mean the world to me. Sending lots of love and huge hugs your way.

      1. You’re so welcome Gabriela! They are well deserved. I’m happy to hear that and your love and hugs are gratefully received. 💖💖

  7. My Dearest Gabriela, this piece is gorgeous. It reminds me of your piece, My Name is Gabriela, which I adore. This write is haunting in a playful and also dangerous way, which puts the reader sort of on edge, as they walk into and out of the world you’ve created. I love it. 🌹🌸🌼✨

    1. Anita, my dearest, I am humbled by your words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙏🌺🌸❤️

  8. Gabriella thanks for coming to my site. That has made me find you. My english is not too good now, it was better some years ago when I came back home after living two years in England. Well, I’ll do my best…! I liked your text, I will stay with you for a while… Thanks for sharing your interesting words.

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