Photo credit: Andrew Sutherland

She crossed the ballroom through the buzz, unnoticed.  Once she could cause whispers merely by entering.  Never beautiful, no, but striking.  Daring.  Infamous.  Her glance could pluck a man from the crowd and draw him like a hook.

She had dipped into society’s pocket too often, squandered her indulgences, used up her shine.

The musicians recognized her, at least.  She pulled a viol to her chin, ran the bow over the strings, closed her eyes.

The nearest guests paused, turned.  The silence spread through the room.

Wilted body and soul, yet she had gained this.  Perspective only fed the passion.

Word count: 100.  Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge.  Thanks to our fairy blog-mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting, and to fellow FF’er Björn Rudberg for providing the original photo prompt, below.  Click here to read the other stories or to add your own.


Photo © Björn Rudberg


25 thoughts on “Fine-tuned

    • Thanks Neil, glad it drew you in! No worries about not recognizing this character; I didn’t mean her to be anyone in particular from a previous story. Although as so often happens, now that I write this one little scene, I can imagine a whole novel about this new character. 😉

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    • Thanks, Iain! I wasn’t sure about the description — I actually edited out the few things I’d initially included about what she looked like — but hopefully enough of who she is comes through even without the visuals.

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    • Thanks, Dale. Although I’ve never been infamous like this character (ha), I’d like to hope that I can do the same thing, take the hard lessons I’ve learned and channel them into a stronger, deeper creative vision.

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