Discovery

Bathed in the warm glow of the spotlight, she bowed to the applause of the patrons calling for more.  She sat at the baby grand.  The music flowed from her soul. 

A harsh voice burst the bubble of her dream. “Get back to work!” 

Rising slowly, she brushed at her stained tunic, grabbed her broom, and limped toward the back of the stage.  She would never be worthy of their applause.  Before exiting, a man dressed in a tuxedo stepped from the dark beyond the spotlight.

He clapped while strolling toward her. “Please, could you play some more for me?” 

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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 provided by Dale Rogerson.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers to write your own, or if you’d like to read their stories from this week, visit here.

43 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Dare to dream. Nice feelgood story.

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    1. We should. I felt like a feel good story this week. Thanks, Iain, for commenting! =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Mayve it’s her chance. Maybe not. But at least he appreciates her

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    1. And, she certainly needed that, the encouragement. =)

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  3. plaridel says:

    everybody has to start somewhere. i remember reading about kris kristofferson being a janitor like her. look at what he has become.

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    1. For sure. I didn’t know that about Kris Kristofferson, very interesting. =)

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  4. notestowomen says:

    I like how this story ended on a high note, Brenda 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks so much for letting me know. =)

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      1. notestowomen says:

        I did and you’re welcome 🙂

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  5. Sandra says:

    Let’s hope he was someone who could ‘take her away from all this’. I love a feel-good ending, particularly right now. Thank you.

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    1. I’m very happy you enjoyed, Sandra. I needed a feel good story after the past week especially. Thank you for commenting.

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  6. I’m sure many an artiste has been discovered in circumstances such as this. Thanks for your heartwarming tale, they are few and far between this week!

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    1. I do enjoy stories of how artists are discovered. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I needed a heartwarming one too. Thank you for commenting, Keith.

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  7. bearmkwa says:

    That is a beautiful write. Oh, how often that happens, ain’t is so. So many artists, unsung and unseen, hidden among the “least” of society. Doing the menial tasks with no recognition or even appreciation. Love this.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. It is sad to think about the talent gone undiscovered. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. =)

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      1. Bear says:

        It is sad to think of it. I have met many artists unsung on the world stage… and in some senses far more talented.

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    Such a sweet story. This sounds like a piece of a much larger story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle! =)

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  9. I could feel the glow of excitement when the man said taht to her.
    Without expectations, this small appreciation is what one needs at times.
    Touching story, Brenda. Have a wonderful weekend …
    Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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    1. We all do need encouragement from time to time. Thank you, Isadora, for commenting. Have a nice weekend as well!! =)

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  10. draliman says:

    Discovered at last! This could be her big break 🙂

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    1. Yes, it certainly could. I felt like a nicer ending to my story this week. Thank for commenting, Ali! =)

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    A happy ending; just what we need in these dark times. It would be great to know how the girl got to where she is; there’s scope for quite a story!

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    1. We do need some happy. =) Thanks so much for your kind comment, Penny!

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  12. Dale says:

    And so, hopefully, she gets to drop her broom and lay her fingers on the piano to spread her music!
    Lovely, Brenda.

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    1. Let’s hope! Thank you for your nice comment, Dale. I hope you are well! =)

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      1. Dale says:

        Indeed.
        And I am thank you.

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  13. goroyboy says:

    Nice Atmosphere piece

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    1. Thank you so much! =)

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  14. What a heart-warming story Brenda. I can so imagine how magical being in an empty theatre could be, literally the stage is set for your dreams to unfold.

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    1. I’m so glad you could imagine the magic. Thanks so much for letting me know! =)

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  15. granonine says:

    A wonderful Cinderella story, complete with a handsome prince 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! =)

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  16. Nice, Brenda! I love how our brains went in the same direction 🙂

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    1. Me too! Thanks so much, Sara. =)

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  17. This sounds like the beginning of a great romantic story. 🙂 Nicely told.

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    1. Thank you, David, for your kind comment!! I’ll have to give that some thought. =)

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  18. Danny James says:

    Sounds like a bright future.

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    1. I think so, someone to appreciate her talent! Thanks for commenting, Danny. =)

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  19. Nobbinmaug says:

    The only way people are going to applaud for her is to put herself out there. I hope she makes the best of this opportunity.

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    1. Me too! Opportunities like this don’t come around every day. Thanks for commenting! =)

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  20. Laurie Bell says:

    Gorgeous!
    I hope he is able to help her move past her mundane work and onto better and brighter things. great piece.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie. What nice comments! Let us hope…

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