Friday Fictioneers – Music To Live By

It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for Friday Fictioneers and the challenge of the 100 word short story. I’d like to thank Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields for hosting the whole shebang again and also Jennifer Pendergast who provided the photograph. The usual rules apply, the photo belongs to Jennifer and it is her copyright. If you’d like to find out more about what Friday Fictioneers is and how to get involved, you just need to follow the instructions on Ms Rochelle’s site for more info.



The sound drifted upwards toward the ceiling, her notes taking shape, swooping and swirling in eddies before landing in the ears of all who were listening.

They all knew why she played; they could hear it in the pain that was transmitted through her violin.

“He is gone, I am bereft”.

They grew used to the music that shared their lives, each weighed down by its melancholia.

On the clear Sunday morning when the notes finally changed, they realised she had grieved enough, that her violin had played her madness out and she would live, like any other, once more.

(100 words)


If you’re interested, you can find all my fiction pieces on my blog here: Fiction Central and Friday Fictioneers. You can get involved by visiting Rochelle the All Knowing and Lovely at:

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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38 Responses

  1. Why thank Joanna, what a lovely comment to leave. πŸ™‚

  2. We didn’t take part this week, but I wanted to catch up with your blog, and I’m glad I came here to read this as it’s beautiful. πŸ™‚

  3. I think that’s always one of the nicest things about it, especially when you have neighbours that care πŸ™‚

  4. elmowrites says:

    In shared living, we share so much more than a staircase and a front door. I like how her emotions effect her neighbours and they all elight in her recovery

  5. Thanks so much Janet and I hope you had a great weekend too. πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks so much Boomie – by the way, did the book arrive?

  7. I know what you mean, music can have that effect on you πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks Bill and I can only imagine at that sort of pain πŸ™‚

  9. Why thank you very kindly Anne πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks Sarah for the lovely compliment πŸ™‚

  11. It certainly is πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks so much Doug, I really enjoyed putting it together πŸ™‚

  13. Thanks so much Rochelle, I must admit I’ve been thinking about violin’s a lot recently and another story is emerging from that process too.

  14. Dear Linda,
    Violin is my favorite musical instrument. I could hear it in your poetic piece.

  15. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Linda,

    I like that in your story she finaly purged herself of sadness. nice touch.



  16. It’s always nice when the sadness lifts.

  17. Sarah Ann says:

    I love the idea of music floating up and down those stairs, and the neighbours sharing in her pain and happiness. Beautifully drawn.

  18. Anne Orchard says:

    I thought your words were woven like a symphony too, Linda. I could hear the cadence of the music in your words. Very well expressed, and I loved the ending as well.

  19. billgncs says:

    β€œHe is gone, I am bereft”. — sad, sad, sad yet beautiful as a declaration of what they had once shared.

  20. Iris says:

    Despite the sadness, it made me want to stand at the top of those stairs and listen…

  21. boomiebol says:

    This is beautiful in subtle sad poetic way.

  22. I like the description of her notes and the utilizing music to overcome pain and sorry.
    Have a wonderful weekend,


  23. thanks so much for that lovely comment πŸ™‚

  24. rheath40 says:

    Even though we don’t hear the music, we know the sadness she feels. Beautifully written.

  25. Thank you Tom and I shall go and investigate yours as well. πŸ™‚

  26. Tom Poet says:

    This is poetic and beautifully written…We were on some what of the same page this week. Sunday and sadness. But yours had a happier ending and fell within the 100 word limit.

  27. Oh, I’m not so sure about that you have the wonderful image of Billy Wiggles πŸ™‚

  28. I love when a thought come immediately from a prompt. I thought it was a lamp and later when I got to the computer I saw it was a staircase. I ended up writing two this week and I believe both pale to yours. It’s really beautiful.

  29. I must admit that was what I thought immediately I saw the picture πŸ™‚

  30. Thanks JK πŸ™‚

  31. Thanks Lesley πŸ™‚

  32. Thanks Naz πŸ™‚

  33. I agree with Sandra it is intriguing and beautifully written. I could hear the violin playing with the perfect acoustics that hall must have.

  34. JKBradley says:

    A lovely story of healing and hope.

  35. I second the love and the poetry here. Great work.

  36. neenz87 says:

    Ooh what a lovely short fiction. Sweetly described!

  37. Thank you Sandra, I enjoyed it and it will please the lovely Stevie too who thinks I’m getting far too dark πŸ™‚

  38. Sandra says:

    I loved the language of this, quite poetic. And an uplifting end to the piece.

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