Beloved

Madelyn passed after a lifetime together and Alfred’s grief threatened to devour him.

Josh’s father abandoned them.  He and his mother were forced to sell nearly everything, including his beloved piano, and move away from all he knew.

Alfred sold the house and their belongings, but he couldn’t bear to part with Madelyn’s piano.  He tucked it away in a storage unit one floor below his compact apartment.

Suitcases emptied, Josh hauled them to the gloomy basement storage space.

Staring numbly out the window, Alfred began to sway to the familiar soothing tones of Madelyn’s piano brought back to life.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by J Hardy Carroll.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

40 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Clearly, fate was playing a hand in their lives. Touching story of lives crossing over Brenda.

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain. I’m glad you understood what I was trying to convey. =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I like the way I could imagine the consequences expanding out beyond this 100 words

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Neil!

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  3. Such a poignant tale. (I got a little confused figuring out who was who on the first read.)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. I’m sorry it was confusing but happy you re-read and it made sense. Thanks, Susan, for commenting! =)

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  4. granonine says:

    I had to go back and read it again and then it fell into place. I was trying too hard to make connections 🙂 I really like this story of two unrelated situations coming together to provide solace for grief.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it again. I’m happy it fell into place on the second try and that you enjoyed the story. =)

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  5. plaridel says:

    grief can sometimes make someone imagine things. it looks like it’s happening in this case. hopefully, he can learn to move on.

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    1. It’s true that those in deep grief can sometimes imagine seeing a loved one or hear them speak. I guess it’s all part of the process. Thank you for reading and commenting! =)

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  6. 4963andypop says:

    The piano fulfills both the young man’s need to play and old man’s need to hear. Madelyn has lefta precious gift for them both.

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    1. She certainly did. I love the way you put that. Thank you for commenting! =)

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  7. draliman says:

    Josh gets to play and Alfred gets to listen. Nice one!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ali. A need met for them both. =)

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  8. What a lovely story Brenda. Pulls on the heartstrings.

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    1. Thank you so much, Shelley. I’m happy you enjoyed the story even though it pulled on your heartstrings. =)

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  9. Dear Brenda,

    After the second read it made sense. Joshua gets to play again and help to assuage Alfred’s grief. Truly lovely tale tucked into 100 words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. It is a wee bit confusing, but I’m happy you took the time to read it again and enjoyed it. Thank you, Rochelle, for your kind comments as always. =)

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  10. Seems I’m not the only who needed a second read of your delightful tale! The final sentence is quite heartwarming. Well done Brenda.

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    1. Thank you, Keith! I’m glad you re-read and discovered what I was aiming for. =)

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  11. James McEwan says:

    There are some things that contain so much more than just memories, they bring the past to life.

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    1. That is certainly true and happening to me more often the older I get. Thank you for commenting, James! =)

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Serendipity at its best. Good story!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  13. Ann Coleman says:

    I loved this uplifting story…well done, Brenda!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann. I’m happy as always that you liked it! =)

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  14. Sadly after a lifetime together there can be no other way to soothe the soul then with a fondly touching memory.
    A sweet tale of undying love fulfilled with memories. Brenda – have a wonderful weekend …
    Isadora😎

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    1. And hopefully help him find a way through his grief. We never fully recover from such a loss. Thank you so much for your kind comment and I hope you have a lovely week ahead. =)

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  15. Tannille says:

    This story begs to be a bit longer. I enjoy how the piano links the stories together, quite powerful and poetic 😀.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tannille! I’m very glad you enjoyed the story and it left you wanting to know more. I’m working on a bigger project and have to remind myself to stay focused, but there are times when I want to develop a short fiction further. This one was such a story. Have a lovely week ahead! =)

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      1. Tannille says:

        I can relate 100% B!

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  16. Nobbinmaug says:

    That was impressive. You managed to write two intertwining stories in a mere 100 words. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment! =)

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  17. After a life together of course he will always continue to hear her playing… these days nobody wants an old piano anyway.

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    1. I know it will help him cope and the little boy will have an outlet for his music as well. A win-win situation. =)

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  18. Dale says:

    I actually love when a piece forces me to reread as this one did.
    What a beautiful story, Brenda. I loved it.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and persevered to read it again! Thanks so much! =)

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  19. michael1148humphris says:

    I love to listen as some one plays the piano, I loved this story

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    1. Me too! I grew up with my mother playing classical music on the piano and then my son became a talented saxapone / piano player. I do love music. It does “soothe the soul.” Thank you for commenting, Michael! =)

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