The Sunbathing Calico

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View flaking off on Flickr by Andrea de Poda

by Six Feet Under The Stars
originally published at 09:54PM on Friday, June 06, 2008

Lila walked up to the old house. It looked the same, barely weathered by the time she’d spent away from it. It still sat there, patched like a calico cat, bathing in the sun.

Tucked away in the corner, very few had noticed it. But she had. She had when she first came to Italy. She had every time since. Of course, that first time was very different from all the others.

She could still remember it; she was young, only 20, on break from college, ready to see the world, take it all in. No insecurities, and no doubts about the future. She walked the streets, looking for interesting sights, searching for one place she could call her own, something no one else had seen.

And then she spotted it. A tiny house, tucked into the intersection of 2 other houses. The paint was chipping away, revealing a long history of owners over time, so many different people. It sat quietly,like a grand dam, observing a new world somewhat disapprovingly.

And of course, she couldn’t help herself. She had to knock on the door.




  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    This is such a neat ficlet and that’s an amazing picture. I’ve never been to Italy but I hope to some day. Oh well, at least I got to venture there in my imagination – hope you don’t mind my sequel! :)

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    Oh, and I think where you write “like a great dam,” it should be dame. It’s pronounced “dam” in Europe but spelled dame (kind of like France’s Notre Dame).

  • from Six Feet Under The Stars:

    idk, ive seen it spelled both ways, so i just went with the one i think is coolest.

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    Oh wait, you meant to use the dam that’s a barrier dividing waters? (
    Sorry, I thought you meant like a great dame, a woman. Oops!
    Oh, and that’s cool that you like both Twilight and The Gilmore Girls. You definitely have good taste. :P

  • from THX 0477:

    Love the nostalgic feel to it all as well as the story within a story as the character is there now and thinking back to the first time they visited.

  • from Stovohobo:

    Very romantic, but almost kind of sad feel to the story. I like your take on the picture and the personification of the house.