Friday Fictioneers: The Lovers

© david-stewart

© david-stewart

Tapping his baton on the music stand Ziegfried frowned at the band. “Pull yourselves together and perform.” His words had the sound and the venom of a snake. The band nodded.

Elisabeth the violinist glared at John on French Horn. He returned the look. The baton again clicked on the music stand. Composed especially for them “Love Duets for Violin and Horn” was about to be performed publicly for the first time.

“We should have done Miletics’  Three Scherzi.” Elizabeth whispered to her neighbouring violinist. 

Disobeying the baton the song of love changed to a song of war.

Written in response to the photo prompt at Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle

She says:

Every Friday authors from around the world gather here to share their 100-words and offer constructive crit and encouragement to each other. This creates a wonderful opportunity for free reading of very fresh fiction! Readers are encouraged to comment as well.

As always a special thanks to Madison Woods for founding this terrific group.

Watch for the new photo prompt on my main page every Wednesday. Hope to see you there.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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33 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: The Lovers

  1. afairymind says:

    Things sound rather tense in that band! Great story. 🙂

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  2. My eyes widened ant the thought of disobeying the baton.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Fun story, Irene! I could feel the tension mounting in the music!

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  4. I don’t envy the conductor!

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  5. Not much harmony there then!

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  6. rgayer55 says:

    I suspect one of them will be leaving the band soon–voluntarily or at Ziegfried’s discretion.

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  7. war and love can be the opposite sides of the same coin sometimes.

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  8. I’m sure the conductor must have had a total cadenza. 🙂

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  9. Sherri says:

    Sounds as if there is going to be some noise…of a very different kind. Great flash Irene 🙂

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  10. M-R says:

    Nice little grab. 🙂

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  11. Margaret says:

    Maybe they could play the Fireworks Suite next. Fun story.

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  12. Ah. I think with bad management and hostile players the will never be any music…

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  13. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Irene,

    Your war story makes me want to be a better student of music. Were you? I enjoyed this very much. Some discordant note about to be played?



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  14. Dear Irene,

    You’ve given new meaning to “Battle of the Bands.” I can only imagine what this music might sound like. Well played.



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