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FF – Maestro

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo this week was contributed by John Nixon and is another repeat. Before my time, however, so it’s new to me.

It’s a mad-looking picture so I’ve written a mad story. Perhaps next week this crazy writing will end and I’ll manage a more sensible story :-).

For this week’s other entries, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright John Nixon

Copyright John Nixon

 

His fingers flew across the keys, sweat glistening, heart pumping faster and faster, breathing becoming laboured… he lost himself, becoming one with the piano itself, impossible to tell where one ended and the other began.

With a flourish, he hit the final triumphant chord, turned, gave a quick bow and collapsed, exhausted, into his seat.

His audience looked on, faces blank. Finally, one of them spoke.

“That’s all very well, Mr Davis, but where were you on the night of the fourteenth between nine and eleven pm?”

Note to self: Interview Room 1 is no place for a piano. Move to canteen.

 

  1. June 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    A very important note to self, if I do say so.

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  2. June 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Passionate pianist found…now they just have to find the killer!

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    • June 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Yes, looks like they’ve caught the wrong dude, sadly :-). And all that time spent listening to his performance when they could have been out looking for the real culprit.

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      • June 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        I guess they were too polite to interrupt his spirited performance. 🙂

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      • June 16, 2016 at 7:38 am

        🙂

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  3. June 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I was not expecting that! 🙂

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  4. June 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    That’s one crazy police department, Ali. Perhaps he committed murder because the person didn’t appreciate his piano playing. He seems really caught up in it. Hilarious. Well done once again. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • June 16, 2016 at 7:39 am

      He does seem the unbalanced sort so that’s possible! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  5. June 15, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I didn’t see that coming!

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    • June 16, 2016 at 7:39 am

      When you can’t think of an ending, write something crazy…

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  6. June 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    ha ha. Didn’t expect that end. Well done!

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    • June 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

      It was a surprise ending to everyone!

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  7. Lyn
    June 15, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I have to say the same as the last four readers…I did not see that coming. Loved the story.
    I’ve seen that prompt somewhere before. It was a couple of years ago I think.

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    • June 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

      I think I saw from Rochelle’s it was mid-2013, a couple of weeks before I began my FF experience!
      The ending was a surprise to me too 🙂

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  8. June 16, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Excuse me for being repetitious but I also didn’t expect such a brilliant end. Perfectly sensible and the canteen is the place indeed!

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  9. June 16, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I love your note at the end. I have sometimes wondered if one day, I will fuse with my computer’s hard drive. It could happen.

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    • June 16, 2016 at 7:45 am

      I bet we’re not many decades away from implanted enhancement technology…

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  10. June 16, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I didn’t see that coming! Clever.

    My 100 words!

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    • June 16, 2016 at 11:36 am

      I wasn’t sure how I was going to end it either 🙂

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  11. June 16, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Amusing piece, sir

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  12. June 16, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Geez! This reminds me of Jack the Ripper- only Sickert was an artist. Haha. Clever take, Ali.

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    • June 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Hee! You’ve got watch these creative and talented types…

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  13. June 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Oh oh..caught! 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤

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  14. June 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    That… was an unexpected twist. Bravo, Ali! I’m going to be laughing at this one all day.

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    • June 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Yeah, bit of a surprise! This is what happens when I can’t think of an ending for my stories…

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      • June 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm

        If that’s the result of you not knowing how to end a story, may you ever remain befuddled! 🙂

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      • June 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

        🙂

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  15. June 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Crazy and hilarious. The dry note in the end tops it up perfectly.

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    • June 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      I don’t think the police officer was all that happy about the situation. I’m glad you liked it!

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  16. June 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Ha.. but I think it could be a way to be classified insane… (if that’s your preference)

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    • June 17, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Me, Mr Davis, or both? 🙂
      Insanity’s always a good defence.

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  17. michael1148humphris
    June 16, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    It’s like this, it sounds to me like they got the wrong guy, I don’t think. Loved it.

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    • June 17, 2016 at 7:02 am

      If he starts playing again, they might just let him go anyway :-). I’m glad you liked it!

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  18. June 17, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Great build-up to a crazy twist ending! Loved it!!!

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    • June 17, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Thanks! I wanted to draw people in with the intensity of his playing before the big surprise ending 🙂

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  19. Lata Sunil
    June 17, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Ah.. Important note to self.. Funny.

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  20. June 17, 2016 at 5:27 am

    if anything, he could play the piano well. can he play them, too? that’s the question. 🙂

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    • June 17, 2016 at 7:06 am

      He’ll have them wrapped around his little finger, I’m thinking!

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  21. June 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Would being stuck inside of a piano on the hours in question make a credible alibi?

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  22. June 17, 2016 at 6:38 am

    How he got the piano into the interview room is a bigger mystery than where he was on the night of the fourteenth. 😀

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  23. June 17, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Hey, crazy pic, crazier story. I half-thought he’d end up in the orchestra pit, stick in a tuba bell.

    Of all the FF pictures we have received, this one was, for me, the most difficult. I could tell it was for you, too. Good job!

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    • June 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Yeah, I just stared at it and thought, “what am I going to write for this one?” Its first appearance was mere weeks before I started FF so I couldn’t even re-post!
      Glad you liked it anyway!

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  24. June 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    The image of becoming ‘one with the piano’ just doubles me up – and the ending is just perfect. Another excellently ‘mad’ story for a ‘mad’ prompt. 🙂

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    • June 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I’m so desperate to write a sensible story but the photos keep getting crazier 🙂

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      • June 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm

        I’ll sound a drumroll on the day you write a ‘sensible’ story! Crazy ones suit your style, and we all love to read them. :))

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      • June 18, 2016 at 5:14 am

        🙂

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  25. June 18, 2016 at 6:23 am

    🙂 That was very unexpected, and absurdly funny. I like the Absurd, a LOT!
    That piano-player might have tried to sway the fuzz with Art, but the Law is pretty single-minded.

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    • June 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

      Yes, they didn’t sound too impressed by his little performance! I’m glad you liked it, it was pretty absurd 🙂

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  26. June 18, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Surreal!

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    • June 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Quite in keeping with the photo I felt!

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  27. June 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    That was a bit bonkers, as indeed is that picture. Totally unexpected laugh out loud ending!

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    • June 19, 2016 at 6:19 am

      That picture required something silly I thought. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  28. June 19, 2016 at 9:10 am

    LOL…that’s just silly!

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  29. June 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Everyone’s a music critic. Cute story. You do silly and absurd well.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      His impromptu performance isn’t going to help his case!
      Thanks.
      Ali

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  30. June 21, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I like your twist! “One with the piano,” indeed! I can see this on a Dateline or 48 Hours episode exploring the psychology of the killer–which must be interesting!

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    • June 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

      This chap will certainly provide at least one publication for an enterprising psychologist!

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  31. July 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a fine story! Love it 🙂

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