Strike a Chord – A 100 Word Story

Today’s writing prompt from The Daily Post was:

Do you play a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story.

Well, I don’t play an instrument but I dearly wish that I had learnt to play the piano when I was growing up. As Lady Catherine de Burgh would say ‘If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.’

Music played on the piano has the power to evoke sidelined memories for me so I used this theme to write a one hundred word story.

Strike a Chord

Lucy watched his fingers dance over the keyboard, a single tear tracing the curve of her cheek. Once, she had twirled their giggling daughter to this as he played. Now it’s music box chimes stabbed her heart.

In lucid moments he played their song, his fading mind preserving this relic of their short journey. Today his bright, smiling eyes would know who she was.

Their daughter scrambled onto the stool beside him, her tightly curled hair a mirror of his own.

He frowned softly at the energetic bundle.

“Hello” He said, “Have you come for a song? What’s your name?”


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About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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10 Responses to Strike a Chord – A 100 Word Story

  1. Meritings says:

    You MUST book piano lessons straight away! Do it now. Doesn’t matter that you do not have a piano. Try it. If you like it (and you will) then buy an electronic piano. Never too late.
    ………and I loved the story!

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  2. Wow, great post. I admire this work. How you were able to create such a strong story in only 100 words. I find myself incapable of writing short works. I read this, and feel so inspird.Job well done.


  3. rogershipp says:

    I could heave been her at a quartet celebration!


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  5. So heart wrenching! A lot of impact in just 100 words!


  6. Jessalyn Cockrell says:

    You had me already when you quoted Lady Catherine, but that story was stellar. It brought a lot of emotion forth. I think 100 words were the perfect amount. The setting a characters were all so clear to me. Thanks for the post, it was a great read.


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