The Spinet and the Music Stool

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The Spinet and the Music Stool

They were the words every lover dreads: I’ll always cherish our time together.

The spinet wanted to bellow out his misery, but his strings just gently vibrated with sadness. She was much younger; he’d always known their time together would be short, a song rather than a symphony.

But the new walnut pianoforte, with his rolling bass and piercing climax of high notes, his seductive dynamic range – it was too much.

Take care my love, whispered the spinet in moderated tones. May your heart be filled with happy tunes.

And his own heart broke within him with a jarring twang.

M J Lewis ©2016

Coming along very late to the party this week due to internet problems. I appear to be still in a Hans Christian Andersen mood – not sure why.

Thanks to Rochelle, our busy host at Friday Fiction, and to Jan W. Fields for the photo this week. For more musically inspired 100-word fiction click here.

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10 thoughts on “The Spinet and the Music Stool

    • A showy loudmouth with a polished walnut exterior to boot! My mother once sentimentally dragged us out to visit a poor unloved spinet abandoned in a farmer’s barn – she played it briefly, but wasn’t actually sentimental enough to buy it. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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  1. This is lovely and sad but the choice of words and way you tell it make it subtly humorous, too. We can only hope for the little spinet that another young girl comes along soon and fixes that poor broken heart.

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