inspiration monday – the day the music died

Thank you to BeKindRewrite as always the Inspiration Monday prompts are wonderful.

This one’s a little weird, but oh well. The purpose of scribbling is to get stuff like this out of my system.

Lillian’s Song

 Fingers glided across the keys, not pressing, just stroking. No sound escaping. Running the length of her beloved instrument. Jane played through her scales again and tested the keys one more time. She inspected the yellowed sheet music she had insisted that she write. She never needed it. But it was necessary now.

Just make it through, just once.

She stumbled over the opening measures haltingly, with stubborn fingers. Looking up she scanned the piece again. It stretched before her endlessly, an impossible task that had to be done. But it wasn’t impossible. She had taught her how. She could make it through.

Two lines. One of her knuckles cracked. She stopped in embarrassment and lost her place.

Three lines. She half expected something to go wrong. It always went wrong. Stop thinking so hard! She scolded herself as a sour note erupted from the piano. Lose yourself in the music.

Jane focused on the melody. Her melody. Floating through the air while she pressed black and white. Beautiful. Now the harmony. Lose yourself. Melodies and harmonies didn’t matter here. Just play. Her ghost whispered softly, hiding in the notes.

Lillian. She’d come back. For a moment anyway.

Keep playing.

I will, don’t leave me. Jane tripped another note. The music broke. Lillian flickered and disappeared. No!

She played more carefully. Smoothed out the song into a slower, more controlled rhythm.

Lillian was back. Smiling. Willing her to continue.

Don’t leave again.

Keep playing.

She did. The pages turned, fluttering against her hand with every turn. She reached the final lines. They slipped out before they could be stopped. For Lillian.

Stay.

No.

Why?

The music is dead here. 

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9 thoughts on “inspiration monday – the day the music died

  1. THIS WAS REALLY GOOD, IF A LITTLE SPOOKY, JINX. I REALLY LIKED IT. YOU JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. I WOULD BE POSTING, BUT I AM WORKING ON TRYING TO FINISH “THE IHMAEERAN CHRONICLES”, WHICH, BY THE WAY, I WILL BE POSTING IN FULL RIGHT HERE ON WORDPRESS, SINCE I PLAN ON PUBLISHING THROUGH LULU.COM AND A FEW OTHERS, SO NO LONGER NEED TO WORRY ABOUT “FIRST RIGHTS”. I AM JUST PRAYING THAT IF ANYONE ACTUALLY READS IT THAT THEY WILL AT LEAST COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT THEY THINK.

    ONLY PROBLEM MIGHT BE THE LENGTH OF THE POSTS THEMSELVES, SINCE EACH ONE IS AN ENTIRE CHAPTER. ANYONE WISHING TO READ THEM WOULD HAVE TO BOOKMARK THEM AND READ THEM OVER TIME.

    I HOPE THAT ALL IS WELL WITH YOURSELF AND YOUR BROTHER. YOU BOTH HAVE ONE HECK OF A LOT OF TALENT FOR BEING SO YOUNG.

    WISHING YOU BOTH ALL OF THE BEST.

    MARANTHA JENELLE OF GHOSTWRITER

  2. therummaker says:

    That was spooky and enthralling. Love this

  3. scribbla says:

    Wow – enthralling. That was a brilliant piece of short fiction. Your timing, tension, brevity… everything is perfect.

  4. Sad, beautiful, unique.

  5. Kay Camden says:

    I love this idea – using music to summon. And how the mistakes in the music break the connection. That the music can tune this person in like an FM signal. It’s very profound.

  6. The last line virtually made my heart stop. So eerily sad.

  7. lynnette-net says:

    Hey! I came across your blog from reading Inspiration Mondays! Well done 🙂 I liked it very much! I’m also a piano/music fanatic! I’m from Singapore, about the same age as you, so nice to meet you 🙂 Keep writing!

  8. […] wrote a song based on his sister Jinx’s InMon piece, Lillian’s Song – and performs it […]

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