March 29: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 29, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about fingers that fly. Think about the different ways we use our fingers and what happens when we add speed. Go where the prompt leads.

It was always a race, left against right, right against left.
Lessons helped them slow down, but just occasionally they forget.
Arthritis stops them now, not completely, but the tempo mellows and slows, a new interpretation is on the cards, or should one say, the keys.
Scales were dull. I improvised with The Spirit is Willing, Ode to Joy, a vibrant version of Chopsticks and My Grandfather’s Clock.
Faster and faster, my fingers would fly across the keyboard, sometimes just missing each other from getting tangled up with the melody to give it yet another dimension to play with.

Written for Carrot Ranch 99 word challenge

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to March 29: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Love your posts! I challenged you to the 3 days 3 quotes challenge if you are up for it. You can check out my post:

  2. This was a fun piece. I can see the hands fighting for supremacy on the keyboard.

  3. Charli Mills says:

    I can hear the music and caught my breath at the last line. I find it amazing to watch, listen and feel such a musical feat. And yet, I also like the idea that arthritis does not stop the fingers but instead “mellows” the tempo. Nice flash, Di!

    • I can’t stretch my fingers so much now, nor can I apply pressure for emphasis (ie. thump the keys!!) but I’ve adapted the way I play and still get a lot of pleasure from it.

  4. Your musical flash was very visual. Cool.

  5. I played piano in my youth and you took me back. And also to the present time with arthritis in my fingers. I could hear the melodies being played. – Molly

  6. That story struck such a melodious note Di. Lovely.

  7. Norah says:

    Ah, those fingers do need to fly. I’m not sure what was too slow for me to master playing – the mind or the fingers. Or maybe just not enough practice. Lovely flash.

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