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FF – The Aspiring Musician

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Anshu Bhojnagarwala.

Another story which came straight into my head. Yay!


“What the hell is that?”

“I got it from the dump. Pretty great, huh?”

“It’s got a tree growing out of it.”

“You’ve heard of house music? Garage?”


“This is gonna be ‘Plant’.”


“Here goes…”

Thunk! Crash!

A cat’s tail, poking out from beneath the rubble, twitched once and was still.


“Maybe it was a bit knackered. I saw a guitar with mushrooms growing out of it down the dump… ‘Fungus’! Awesome!”

Meanwhile Mr Fluffy, one of his nine lives sadly gone, extricated himself and trotted away in search of a less insane human.


  1. March 13, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I was worried about Mr Fluffy there for a minute, lol!

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  2. March 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Poor Mr. Fluffy. He picked the wrong place to nap. 😀 — Suzanne

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  3. March 13, 2019 at 9:03 am

    They say cats are attached to places, while dogs are attached to people.

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  4. Lyn
    March 13, 2019 at 9:14 am

    It does make a rather good garden, doesn’t it? However, here in Oz, the chance of having a Joe Blake take up residence withing the woodwork is always a danger. Love where you went with the picture, D-Man 😀

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      I was just Googling “Joe Blake” when I suddenly thought – rhyming slang for snake! Yes, I hear they nest in the most unfortunate places.
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  5. March 13, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Well, that piano will no longer play the good stuff. But it can still GROW the “good stuff.” And that’s all that matters….

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      And it’ll be easier to reach – Fuzzywig is pretty short…

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  6. March 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Not enough room to swing a cat, huh?

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  7. March 13, 2019 at 9:49 am

    That’s a grand garden!

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  8. March 13, 2019 at 10:24 am

    You had me worried there. But all’s well…

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      I wouldn’t kill a kitty live on Friday Fictioneers 🙂


  9. March 13, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I like your story. All I could come up with was – “Jeez, I guess I haven’t practiced my piano lessons in a while!”

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  10. March 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Good luck with that one Fluffy. I think we’re all a little bit off..

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      That could be a Disney film, with the poor cat wandering from human to human…


  11. March 13, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Mr. Fluffy will be okay. He’s got eight lives left. That’s more than enough.

    Neil Scheinin

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  12. March 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

    If Mr. Fluffy was any wiser, he’d pick a better place to nap. Good fun here, Ali.

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      Not every cat is a clever kitty! I’m glad you liked it.


  13. March 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Happy that Mr. Fluffy is none the worse for wear. There’s nothing wrong with repurposing. 😉



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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      No cats were harmed during the writing of this story! The piano still serves as a nice little garden 🙂


  14. March 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Let’s face it, pretty much anything can be dressed up as music these days and finds a way to top the charts, so he may be on to something!

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      It can’t be any worse that some of the current offerings, for sure!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. March 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Good luck, Mr. Fluffy!

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  16. March 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I hope Mr F doesn’t try sleeping in the guitar or he’ll be down to seven!

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  17. March 13, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    So glad the cat came back 🙂

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  18. March 13, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Loved your story – especially that last line! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. And Mr Fluffy’s resurrection 🙂


  19. March 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I suppose it’s true. They have nice lives.

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  20. March 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Clever and amusing, sir

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  21. March 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    “Plant” may not make it to the music charts, but we’ll remember it for sure. I like the skeptical mate in this – we all have and need one.

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      We do. Someone to hold us back and make us see sense. Though that’s not going to work on this guy, I don’t think!


  22. March 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    You great softie! Even in a story you can’t kill a cat 🙂

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    • March 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      I just couldn’t do it! I had to cut a few words out elsewhere to fit in his resurrection 🙂


  23. March 13, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Thank goodness Mr Fluffy is ok!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 13, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      I did wonder if most of the comments I got on this story would be Mr Fluffy-related. Good job he made it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  24. March 13, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Glad the cat was OK!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. March 13, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Great that the cat survived when music goes down like a Lead Zeppelin

    Liked by 1 person

  26. March 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    what a way to lose a life. hopefully, it was all worth it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  27. March 14, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Funny. Sounds like an alternative garden, not your typical pansies and petunias.

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    • March 14, 2019 at 8:06 am

      I’m sure he’ll bring plant or fungus music to the masses eventually.

      Liked by 1 person

  28. March 14, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Oh my…

    Liked by 1 person

  29. March 14, 2019 at 12:53 am

    It’s good that they could bring such an interesting thing out of such an unpleasant sight

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  30. March 14, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Why not? Grunge, House. Garage. Why the hell not, Plant?
    Might have been a good idea to check the insides before pounding but hey, one must make sacrifices in the name of music!

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  31. March 14, 2019 at 2:53 am

    How was Mr. Fluffy’s one life lost? Did someone push the old piano or it fell on its own? Mr. Fluffy still can be lucky eight more times.

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    • March 14, 2019 at 8:08 am

      The piano collapsed on him when they tried to play it. Poor kitty.


  32. March 14, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Though I wish Mr. Fluffy all the best in his endeavours, finding a human who is not insane is going to be a Herculean task.

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  33. gahlearner
    March 14, 2019 at 11:31 am

    He’s got a great future ahead of him. And if Mr. Fluffy joins in singing, success will be guaranteed. What fun.

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    • March 14, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      “Plant” with Cat. One shudders to think 🙂


  34. March 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Thank God, Mr Fluffy is okay! And he still has eight lives left so he should be fine anyway!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 14, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      It was probably worth one life to get away from this mad fool 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  35. March 15, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Phew. Really glad there were other lives to live. That was a bummer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 15, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Yeah. Squished by a collapsing piano…


  36. March 15, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Haha.. more sane human. Anything for music. I loved this tiny story.

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    • March 15, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Good luck finding one, Mr Fluffy! I’m glad you liked it.


  37. March 15, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Poor Mr Fluffy! I’m glad it was only one of his nine lives lost. I think all cats believe their humans are dotty, because we don’t appreciate the subtleties of communication by scent! Lovely story, Ali

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    • March 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      Cats would rule the world if they didn’t spend so much time napping 🙂


  38. March 15, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    An entertaining tale Ali – Plant music eh ? Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 15, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      It’s going to be the next big thing!


  39. March 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Fun vignette. Mr Fluffy will no doubt find a saner place to sleep.

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  40. March 15, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Oh, I am happy Mr. Fluffy survived. Cats do nap in the oddest places.

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  41. March 15, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Yea, Fluffy lives. I am not sure about sane humans.

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  42. March 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Cute story. Glad Fluffy has nine lives.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 17, 2019 at 7:20 am

      Me too. He was only having a little nap when the world collapsed on him…


  43. March 16, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I’m very glad Mr. Fluffy was ok (I see that’s the general opinion). I’m not sure I’d listen to ‘Plant’ (Robert Plant is ok though). Nice story.


    • March 17, 2019 at 7:22 am

      “Plant” does sound a little weird, especially if it’s played on knackered instruments. Mr Fluffy lives to nap another day!

      Liked by 1 person

  44. March 16, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Great post…


  45. March 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Mrs Conclusion: Hello, Mrs Premise.

    Mrs Premise: Hello, Mrs Conclusion.

    Mrs Conclusion: Busy day?

    Mrs Premise: Busy! I’ve just spent four hours burying the cat.

    Mrs Conclusion: Four hours to bury a cat?

    Mrs Premise: Yes! It wouldn’t keep still, wriggling about howling its head off.

    Mrs Conclusion: Oh – it wasn’t dead then?

    Mrs Premise: Well, no, no, but it’s not at all a well cat so as we were going away for a fortnight’s holiday, I thought I’d better bury it just to be on the safe side.

    Mrs Conclusion: Quite right. You don’t want to come hack from Sorento to a dead cat. It’d be so anticlimactic. Yes, kill it now, that’s what I say.

    Mrs Premise: Yes.

    Monty Python, Esq.


    • March 17, 2019 at 7:23 am

      The comedic stylings of the python team…


  46. March 17, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Plant music. I like that. Fun story. And I’m glad Mr Fluffy escaped.


  47. March 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    He should’ve grabbed the fungal guitar instead. Good thing Mr Fluffy has another eight lives left!


  48. March 18, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Ha… those piano’s can be dangerous on the inside! Good to hear Mr. Fluffy has some lives left!



    • March 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      Living with that guy I’m surprised this is the first he’s lost 🙂


  49. March 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    At least he’s creative. I hope Mr. Fluffy gets over it all


  50. Jelli
    March 19, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    You almost killed Fluffy, how dare you! She shouts! Loved the story! Glad to be back among the living, I am. See ya tomorrow!


    • March 19, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      Mr Fluffy was saved by a minor rewrite 🙂 I couldn’t find your story and wondered where you were 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jelli
        March 20, 2019 at 1:13 pm

        I was out with health issues. I’m back now, though.


  51. March 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Poor Mr. Fluffy!


    • March 20, 2019 at 6:12 am

      Indeed! Even though he made it through in the end it was still quite traumatic for him 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  52. March 21, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I found a guitar in a container many years ago myself. It lasted until last year, but then there was no hope left. I brought it with me on journeys, too. Oh, those memories. Then it went back into another container, for no one to ever pick it up again.


    • March 21, 2019 at 7:03 am

      I had a guitar like that once. Went all over the place with me.

      Liked by 1 person

  53. March 23, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I presume Mr. Fluffy simply used the piano as a litter box and walked away with all his lives intact.


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