Playing both sides

This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.



This week’s intriguing photo prompt is from:


Story one:  Musical Ashes


I was so excited for the concert.  I practiced every spare moment leading up to it.  I practised so often that my flatmates started hiding my guitars.

As my solo spot began I completely froze.  No notes flowed from my mind to my fingers, no soul drenched notes drifted from my guitar to the audience.  Just a complete and utterly defeated silence filled the spot.

A band mate covered for me and the concert continued while I hid in our changing area.  I spoke not a word on the trip home.  I went up to my bedroom and gathered all my guitars together and strode silently but aggressively to the b.b.q. pit in the back.

I got a great blaze going and then one by one I fed my guitars into the ravenous fire.  I watched each guitar get consumed in the red flames until my guitars, like my music dreams, were just ashes blowing away in the night breeze.

(Body of story: 149 words)


Story two:  Hell fire


So this is my hell!  Well the specific version that I am condemned to.

There sits my beloved guitar in all its glory and I cannot touch it without getting burnt.

Not quite what I thought hell was going to be!

I thought I would be eternally burning.  I had accepted this as my punishment for the way I lived my life but no.  My Hell is not being able to play my guitar.

I just want to play once more and have my spirits lifted in the joyous music.  It is truly hell that I will never do so again.

(Body of story: 101 words)

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  1. Wonderful stories! How sad it would be to practice and practice for a concert and then freeze. I would burn the guitars too. Well done! The second story – his/her love is playing the guitar and he keeps getting burned. That being his hell. Both wonderful stories and well done!


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