(100-word flash fiction)
She stood in the centre of a small gathering, in the park, playing as usual.
Moonlight glinted off the bow, the strings, her golden hair, as though light was turning into notes into little waves of joy, into a loosening of his pain, into tiny glimpses of a smile.
He listened, becoming a little boy, helplessly watching his mother play, waiting for his father, who never came home.
On the subway ride home, he finally gets to read through the newspaper. A small column informs him, “The brilliant violinist Aurora has been mugged and killed in the park last night.”
It’s Wednesday again when an eclectic group of writers gather around the Friday Fictioneers fire to tell short stories, all prodded by the Girl Guide in Purple, Rochelle 🙂
Photo prompt –
Lovely descriptions, tragic ending.
Thanks Rochelle 🙂
Ohmigosh, that’s terrible. Poor Aurora.
Yes. And poor guy, he won’t get to listen to her anymore 😦
Wonderful image to begin with, and a tragic end. Well written.
Thanks Iain 🙂
Such a beautifully written story with layers of meaning for the reader to ponder on.
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Thanks for the lovely compliment Susan 🙂
OH. I wasn’t expecting that. How awful an ending for such a lovely piece.
Thanks Linda. I had to do an abrupt end when I ran out of words 🙂
Life’s like that. Thanks for dropping in 🙂
Such a beautifully descriptive piece… then you pull the rug out from under us…
Yes, I had to 🙂 I started out to write a love story but ran out of words 😦 Thanks for the compliment Dale 😀
I loved the build up, what a sad ending. Well done.
Thanks Michael 🙂
Such a sad story, well told.
What a tragic ending, for her but also for him, as her music helped transport him back to his lost mother, and now both are lost.
True! Thanks Joy 🙂
Ow! That took me completely by surprise. What a sad ending to a piece that initially seemed so affirmative.
Thanks Penny. Life ….
Ouch. From delight to tragedy in 100-words.
Thanks for dropping by, Alicia 🙂
He had his only piece of joy snatched from him. How sad for both of them.
True! Thanks Russell 🙂
So sad… loved the gift of music that she gave
Thanks for dropping by Bjorn.
Beautiful and sad.
A beautiful start but a tragic conclusion. How sad.
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Wow, brutal ending after lovely description
A beautifully woven tragic tale, and in so few words. Very nice!
So sad, and so beautifully written.
It’s almost like his mother died. What a tragedy. Maybe a little too realistic.
Thanks Alice. Glad you made the connection 🙂
Excellent descriptions and very well-written.
Thank you Lisa.
Beautiful writing; sad ending.
So beautiful and such a tragic ending – so well done
Thanks very much Lynn.