17/11/2016

FINAL CONCERT - 100 word fiction

FINAL CONCERT

Barbara always carried her own cello – the famous musician wheeling her large case on a railway porter’s trolley was a familiar sight in cities across Europe.
She never let an audience down, and although the Germans were advancing at a terrifying rate, she refused to cancel her final concert in Paris.
It was June 1940 when she approached the checkpoint, where the officer in charge waved her though, saying, “I heard you play in Berlin, Fraulein - exquisite.”
By the time the authorities found her abandoned cello, three small, bewildered children were stretching their cramped limbs on English soil.
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Yet another photograph to prompt 100 word stories from us, the Friday Fictioneers group hosted by Rochelle on her blog  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/  
The photo was taken by Bjorn Rudberg, who will correct me if the instrument is a double bass, but cello is only one word and in this forum every word counts!

33 comments:

  1. That sent a shiver down my spine - lovely story. And much more positive than the 'final' I was expecting, especially when I saw the theme.

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    1. Thanks Annalisa - and I'm glad I managed to surprise you!

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  2. Excellent! I'm sure things like that happened for real.

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    1. There are certainly many stories of daring rescues.

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  3. You never cease to entertain and delight. Such a lovely twist.

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    1. Many thanks Helen - you've made my day.

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  4. You're so good at that final twist, Liz!
    You are the Flash Master.

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    1. Thanks Helen. Do you think people would get the wrong idea if I put that on a badge?

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    1. Good to know my story had that effect, Dale.

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  6. The show must go on - great take.

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    1. The show had a hidden agenda too!

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  7. Stunning, Liz. Love this ode to a horrible piece of history. Kristallnacht still brings tears to my eyes, as did your piece.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn - we should never forget, despite some people (who shall reamin nameless) denying it happened.

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  8. I love how we both got into the same time... yours was so much more positive, and such a great use of a cello case.

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    1. Thanks Bjorn - we are obviously in tune this week.

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  9. I agree with Bjorn. I love that your Nazi story ended on such a positive note. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Alicia - there were many positive endings at that time, sadly overwhelmed by the negatives.

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  10. Fab, Liz! And such a coincidence as I had a 'cello' conversation with a couple of musicians only yesterday.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Such coincidences always make us stop and wonder, don't they!

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  11. Ah, took me a minute to realize which border she was crossing, but yes, what a happier ending than I was worried I would read, given the beginning!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Joy.

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  12. Dear Liz,

    This is a piece after my own heart. Touching and evocative. Much said in few words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    2. Thank you Rochelle - even those of us who are not Jewish are appalled by that dreadful episode in mankind's history.

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  13. Perfect! What everyone else said.

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  14. What a wonderful story!

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  15. What a great twist at the end, Liz. There were so many heroic acts during WWII. Good writing. :) --- Suzanne

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