Unveiling

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Her memories of them were hidden under the veil of music...

A Mozart piece is being being played by our beautiful Symphony Orchestra. I stand in the green room and adjust my dress while watching the mirror. I'm 24 years old, already an accomplished violinist with 26 major performances under my belt. 

I warm up my fingers by playing simple scales on my violin. I imagine a remote and glorious waterfall shining in the sun as my fingers flutter over the notes. 

There’s a knock on the door. "Alice, your times up." I glance back at the mirror and follow Mandy, our director, to the stage. As she addresses the audience, I take a deep breath and take my stance by the microphone. 

"…and please welcome our guest violinist and soloist, Alice Tahburk." I give a big smile, nod at the conductor and the music begins. 1. 2. 3. My eyes drift closed as my fingers introduce another world.

"Oh, Alice, my girl that was wonderful," my mother exclaims with her eyes shining. I'm 12 again, preparing for my first concert, playing my mother’s favourite Bach piece. My dad claps with a massive smile on his face, then twirls me as I laugh.

I open my eyes as the song takes a minor turn, leading me towards the storm on the wings of eagles. Reminding me of shadows and tragedy causing me to be thrown into my past again.

"Run, Alice, Run!" My mother screams as a soldier grabs her arm, throws her to the ground and ends her life.

"Mum, no!" I yell but the soldier turns to me. Then I ran, tears hot against my cheeks, and I ran till the blisters bite my heels. And that was when I was saved by an old friendly couple.

With a big breath the music fades to introduce my solo. Tears like a flood overflow until my cheeks are soaked. Finally the last note of the piece comes but that was when I heard a quiet whisper in the depths of my soul, " Don't worry Alice, I will never leave you." And I smiled through the tears and the cheering of the audience as I took a bow.


 

12 April 2018


Submitted: January 26, 2021

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