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The Woman With The Soulful Eyes

Wednesday 4th July, Story #186/366

By L.C. SchäferPublished 18 days ago 3 min read
The Woman With The Soulful Eyes
Photo by Dmytro Tolokonov on Unsplash

I sat and watched and didn't smile. It was a good show. I enjoyed it. A lot. But it didn't make me smile. Nothing could.

He'd offered one thousand dollars to the first person who could do it. Several people had tried, but no one had succeeded.

Word was getting around about this mysterious young woman (me) with the soulful eyes who never smiled. The show was getting more well-known, the money was rolling in, and I was a part of it.

People, especially men, took it as a point of pride that surely they would be the one to reach me when all others had failed. It hurt their ego when they joined the growing number of unsuccessfuls.

The bigger we grew, the more famous people wanted to perform for us. For me, really.

The boss smiled broadly, and shook their hands, but I never smiled at all. World renowned comedians came from far and wide. They had the rest of the audience in stitches. But me? I stayed as still and silent as ever.

The boss was generous towards me. He paid me handsomely for my unusual parlour trick. He knew full well that his business and wealth could never have grown the way it did without me, and he compensated me accordingly.

Some of the men who tried became very angry, which could have been a cover for being embarrassed. They must have thought, surely, surely, it wouldn't be so difficult to make me laugh. Everyone else had fallen under their spell, after all. Perhaps they even boasted if their inevitable success, and what they would do with their winnings. It must have have made their failure even harder to bear.

One thing I have noticed, there are a great many men, weak ones, are extremely unpleasant when they don't get their way. When you don't give them what they demand, what they believe is their due. They can even be dangerous. More than once I waved to smile at such a man, to dissipate his brewing rage. But I didn't.

They'd bluster and shout, "it's a trick!"

Even weak men are right sometimes. It was a trick. My face is completely paralysed.

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Word count excluding note: 366

Submitted on Thursday 4th July at 22.51
*Quick Author's Note*

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The story behind the story: This is based on a true story. In the early 1900s, "Sober Sue" was a real phenomenon. A prize was offered to the one who could make her smile or laugh, and no one ever succeeded.

I know the formatting is screwy; as soon as I have my new computer I will fix it! My old one has finally given up the ghost, and I'm currently submitting via my phone.


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Thank you again, most sincerely. Especially if you are one of the wonderful people who has been staunchly reading these daily scribbles since the start of the year. I see you, and appreciate you very much indeed! 😁

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Comments (9)

  • The Dani Writer16 days ago

    A very clever concept for a story plot! Your thought process is incredible!

  • John Cox17 days ago

    Wonderful tale! Your psychological profile of the weak male ego is spot on, LC!

  • D.K. Shepard18 days ago

    Incredible storytelling! The narrative voice was so well composed! Cool it was based on a true story too!

  • Tiffany Gordon 18 days ago

    Fabulous piece! I absolutely loved it and the fact that it was a true story really put the icing on the cake! ☺️

  • Omggggg!!! Hahahahhhahaha!! Now that's what I call a brilliant twist!

  • I loved the ending. I don’t smile either, but that’s because I’m miserable! (Kidding!) amazing story!

  • Sarah Wilcox18 days ago

    What a twist! Captivating as always!

  • Caroline Craven18 days ago

    You’re so talented at bringing those real stories to life with your own flair and clever twists. Great stuff L.C.

  • Rachel Deeming18 days ago

    Ah, what a twist!

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