Solo

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


A short story inspired by the 26th Picture Prompt from the Imaginarium House.

Submitted: September 27, 2017

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Solo

Aileen made her way quickly backstage. The other musicians were already leaving to take their seats on the stage; instruments carried carefully, bodies protecting them from any jostles or knocks. Her hands were clammy and shook as she fumbled with the clips on the violin case she had placed so carefully down.

She felt sick. There was no way she could do it, go out there in front of a packed auditorium and play on her own. It was too much. She was just not ready; not good enough to take on a solo.

Your big night, Aileen! Knock them dead!” Aiden smiled encouragingly as he made his way out to take his place with the others.

Aileen smiled weakly but doubted her fellow violinist had even noticed. She had to get out there, take her place, standing on her own. Even backstage she could feel the eyes turning to look in her direction, to measure her up. And that was before she had even played a note.

For a moment she allowed her eyes to shut, to let the memories flood her mind. Her sitting there at six years old, her ginger hair flowing behind her as she played for her grandfather. She remembered the dress, blue satin and lace with tiny silver stars. She had never worn anything so beautiful before, but the music soon took her mind away from even that.

Aileen stood, squared her shoulders. She’d do it, go out on that stage and do her best. She’d forget the audience, forget the theatre, and put herself right back in front of her grandfather. She would play one last time for him.

Allowing herself no time for second thoughts, she picked up her violin and walked confidently out on to the stage.


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