15/06/2016

EXHIBIT - a 100 word story

EXHIBIT

“Is this where I leave my exhibit?”
Craig curled his lip. “Not that old piano?”
“Careful,” said Paul, “It has a soul.”
“Rubbish!” Craig sneered, “And we don’t take rubbish.”
“This is the Tate Modern, isn’t it? Where they exhibit dead sheep?”
“We’ve moved on since then.” Craig was losing his cool – he was always being taunted about the formaldehyde sheep. “Your piano belongs in the tip.”
“You’ll be sorry you said that,” Paul warned, and walked away.
Craig kicked the piano.

With no doorman to move them on, a crowd formed as a dirge emanated from the unmanned instrument.
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Don't blame me - I don't choose the photograph! That was taken by John Nixon and picked for Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle who blogs at  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/    You can follow the link from her blog to read what other authors wrote to the prompt - after leaving a comment on mine, if you would be so kind!


24 comments:

  1. Creative :)
    I would never kick it!

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    1. Nor would I, but Craig wasn't so clever!

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  2. Ha.. maybe the kicking is all about the concept of his art... that's perfect.

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    1. A piano is far more worthy of being in a gallery than a dead sheep.

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  3. Ha ha - loved this story, Lizy - and of course a piano is more suitable gallery fodder than a dead sheep! :)

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    1. Or a pile of bricks, but I couldn't fir them both into 100 words!

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    1. Is he still alive, or did the piano get him too?

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  5. Hehehe. Never kick a piano with a soul. It has style, too, playing a dirge. Fun story. --Gah Learner

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  6. Thanks Gah - it was impossible to write a serious story for this one!

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  7. This is great! Made me smile :)

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    1. Thanks Clare - always happy to amuse people!

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  8. A piano which eats people would liven up any modern art gallery. Perhaps they should all have one?

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    1. We should write to the Tate Modern, Patsy, and suggest it.

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  9. Ooh, very intriguing, Liz. Wonder what happens next. It's a mind expanding idea :)

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    1. Perhaps Paul came back once his piano had eaten its meal.

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  10. Dear Liz,

    And the moral to the story is never kick a man eating piano. Sounds more interesting than sheep in formaldehyde.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. The Tate Modern has had some extreme exhibits since it opened!

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  11. She tried to warn him.

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  12. Craig's missing out on a once in a career opportunity. Good story.

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  13. The moral of this story is "Never kick a man-eating piano". A dirge was appropriate. Funny story, Liz. :D --- Suzanne

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