The Day the Music Died #flashfiction


dismantled-keyboard

To say music was “my life” was an understatement.

From dawn to dusk I sang the songs my heart wrote.

When I lost my voice, my fingers became one with  the keyboard.

My brother dismantled my keyboard; the guts were strewn like a dissonant message from my room to the instrument.

“You killed the song in my head,” I screamed in the key of C.

I was cut on a metal shard, bloodied notes fell to the floor.

I refused to let him take credit for the score written in red that day.

That score became a famous Dark Mass.

Today’s dismantled keyboard is the prompt for Friday Fictioneers. Wishing Rochelle a Happy 1 year celebration as the conductor of the Friday Fictioneers

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34 thoughts on “The Day the Music Died #flashfiction

  1. I wasn’t quite sure what flash fiction was,so I did what anyone in my situation would attempt,a visit to the knowledge book. a palm-sized story,which takes as much time to read as to smoke a cigarette.Impressive. Since I don’t smoke it’s difficult to know if yours is a palm-sized story. I did enjoy reading it.

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    1. Ha or less. Flash fiction started I believe as a short story written in 55 words. There are many varieties now. I was part of a flash or micro fiction that was 160 characters (including spaces). One thing Flash Fiction will do for a writer is hone their skill and make the writer less wordy. You should try it!!!
      Smiles for your day my friend

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  2. Your title invoked “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” in my head. Perhaps because this will be the day that he dies. I love that she screamed in the key of C. He really shouldn’t have touched her keyboard. Clever story.

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      1. “…the key of C” was a great line. And the “bloody notes that fell to the floor.” Good stuff.
        Wow, blogging five years, that’s a great track record.

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  3. Dear Leslie,

    Am I to assume the Dark Mass is her brother? It makes me wonder what key I scream in. Probably L-flat. So, bye bye, Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the Levy….

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. This post made me think of Linda Ronstadt; having just lost her voice to Parkinson’s. The idea of losing your gift. I got a little lost with the shift in story, from the narrator’s private story, and then the brother… not sure I understood that part.

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