Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Cost of Expensive Taste

I'm participating with Write on Edge for their Red Writing Hood prompt this week. It is a picture prompt:

I decided to have a little fun.


The Cost of Expensive Taste

“Do you think there’s too much beige?” she asked, cocking her head and staring at the newly hung paintings in her front room.

“Oh god no, darling, it’s chic. It’s very chic. Besides, we offset it with the muted claret. It’s all the rage, you’ll see, but don’t get me wrong, you are unique. No one has a home like you, I promise you that,” the designer trailed off, chuckling nervously.

“And, is that wrought iron?”

“Well,” he guffawed, “with Brazilian Rosewood accent!” He whispered conspiratorially and leaned in. “You can’t even get that legally anymore,” then looked in her eyes with a knowing look.

She slit her eyes and stared back at him in silence, appraising what he had just said.

“Hm,” she said.

They both turned and looked again at the room.

“You know, it’s important to me to be…understated,” she started.

“Yes, absolutely.”

“The rosewood accent. I like that. I was afraid it was all a little…overdone.”

He held his chin, intent on her words. He looked down, shook his head, “No, no. It’s not overdone. I know you have superior taste. I have been sure to –“

“That’s enough. Send me the bill and I’ll have Jaques take care of it.” She turned on her heel and left the room.

The assistant approached the designer.

“Brazilian Rosewood?”

“Yes, of course.”

“I don’t believe you. How do you think of this stuff?”

“Come on, let’s go celebrate and have dinner at Terzo Piano. I hear they are showcasing some new beige art!”

They walked out and just laughed.

21 comments:

Jen said...

I love how you tell a story. I am always left wanting more. :)

Kara said...

I love the humour in this!

Natalie said...

Again excellent writing! You very good my friend!

Eva Gallant said...

Good one!

Banker Chick said...

This was fun, an overdone staircase, superior taste! Good!

Stacey said...

LOL Great story! I love the humor in the ending.

Carrie said...

Reminds me of The Emperor's New Clothes :) Fun story

Cheryl said...

Ha! Loved this. It was definitely fun!!

dosweatthesmallstuff said...

You mean, there's no such thing as Brazilian rosewood??? (faint)

lol

MamaMash said...

Very Emperor's New Clothes! I really love this, I had to read it several times because I enjoyed it so much.

Sarah B said...

This is so fun, loved the banter btwn them :)

CDG said...

::snicker::

I love the direction you took this in!

Brazilian rosewood...

Rainyday said...

Love it!!! That staircase reminds me of a chocolate waterfall.

jazzygal said...

Wonderful, dahling!!

xx Jazzy

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

LOVE IT! You tell the best stories!

championm2000 said...

I should be a designer ;-)

My Inner Chick said...

---Excellent! I absolutey loved this...especially the dialogue... :))

Clipped Wings said...

What a sly sense of humor. Love it.

Jamie said...

You. Are. Funny.

TV's Take said...

Ha! Good stuff

The Pepperrific Life said...

Be honest... have you written a book yet? Because if you have, I'm rushing to the stores to get a copy. You're such a brilliant writer and storyteller :)