Temptation isn’t the art of the devil but the work of our minds.

The Hidden Holes


PHOTO PROMPT Copyright -Mary Shipman

Copyright -Mary Shipman

It was only years later we discovered the holes.

It was neatly hidden behind a layer in the wall. The furniture guys were the first ones to tell us.

We didn’t know what to make of it? Why was it there? Surely it wasn’t meant for a Genie.

After weeks of speculation we gave up. Not i. I never gave up. The visit to the local library only increased.

I wanted to know.


It was the last day. They could cover it.

And i had to deal with an unknown mystery till the end of my life.


Two days later i was convinced why it was there.

To mislead the quest of something important.

I began my exploration.


Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

He worked day and night on a story he wanted to complete.

The deadline looked too scary as days passed. Words kept disappearing , paragraphs kept getting deleted. He had almost completed it when the thought struck. He had to change the structure of the entire story , he had to be liked.

He gave up.

He wanted to be loved not just liked. He knew he would come back because no amount of anything could stop his love for writing.

He gave up on the battle to win the war.

He gave up on a masterpiece.