Flash Fiction #100 – Milestone



This is my 100th Flash Fiction, so it‘s a milestone – or is it??!

The first Flash Fiction I wrote, I did so as a challenge by my blog-friend, BrainRants, who had tried it. The blog-post of Rochelle’s that I accessed was not a F.F., and the photo I downloaded was that of her Grandmother, which I used to write a [pioneering story.]

That first one was 101 words, just to prove that I could do it. Every one since has been exactly 100 words.  It, and a few of its followers, I did just for personal satisfaction, and to extend my stat numbers.  I soon learned how to LinkIn, and joined the group.  Christmas/ New Years -2014/15, Rochelle didn’t post a prompt photo, but I felt a surge of creativity, and used one of my own photos, of a double rainbow, to write a [Sci-Fi short story] that didn’t get linked.

(Technology apparently still eludes me.  It’s FF #32  😯 )

Inspiration does not strike every week, but number 100 is just over two years from my first. Along the way, I’ve read some interesting stories, and met some creative writers and nice folks.  Thanx, to Rochelle and the rest of you for having me along.  This week’s submission follows.


Copyright -John Nixon


There was something strange about this piano. He’d got it for a song.  A classical pianist had used it for practice, but had mysteriously disappeared.

He had tried to play upbeat lilts, but they always seemed to come out sedate and serious.

Today, while playing for the kids, in his Happy the Clown show, he had reached up to turn the page, and somehow caught his hand. When he reached up to free it, his other hand got tangled….  and he’d ended up – where??

How could he be inside a piano??  And who was this old guy with the tuxedo??!


Here’s what he was playing, on YouTube ‘circus march piano’


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #100 – Milestone

  1. Jan Brown says:

    Intriguing…so that’s what has been happening to the pianists!! Hopefully they can save each other; there is likely no room for a third 😀😀😀


  2. wmqcolby says:

    Finally! Someone had an idea about this pic! This was tough to do for me but you really brought it in. Super!


  3. BrainRants says:

    Billy Joel has nothing on this dude. As for the intro piece, I have to say that as the self-proclaimed writer, I’ve under-performed you by almost an order of magnitude (physics term – very cool). You’ve really taken this and run a long, long way, my friend.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Yes, but you have a job, and a life, and a wife and family, and novels to write. I only have this blog-site to wrangle….Oh, wait! No, I’m really, really busy. That’s why I’m only 1000 lines into Domestic.
      I’ve read a physics text or two, so I understand the word ‘magnitude’, unless it’s applied to a star. Then I can never seem to keep big straight from little.
      I was going to link to your site for a little extra credit, but I think I’ve sprained my hard-drive. Maybe Shimoniac can help me put ice on it in the morning. 😆


      • BrainRants says:

        No pressure on the proofread, Archon.


      • Archon's Den says:

        I know, but I will get to it. This gettin’ old shit is starting to pile up. I just finished a week of double doctor days, Osteopath for the son – urologist for me Monday, dentist for me – podiatrist for the wife Tuesday. In the little spare time, I tried to relax by composing things to stay ahead of the posting schedule. I need to read. 😀


  4. 1jaded1 says:

    A chilling 100th piece. Hope to read many more.


  5. Margaret says:

    Congratulations on 100 stories for Friday Fictioneers. And also for this particular story – very clever. Some ghostly duets coming up maybe?


  6. Dear Archon,

    Nicely played. Happy FF versary. 😉




  7. Congratulations on your 100th story, Archon! Looks like he’s joined the former pianist inside the piano. Tough break. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thank you! Maybe that’s how ‘player pianos’ work – there’s somebody trapped inside.
      I may skip the FF this week. I didn’t write something the first time around, and that airplane photo hasn’t sparked any inspiration yet. I have a great title, but no story to hang it on. 😦


  8. Congrats on the 100 flashes. Although I would assume that in real time you have most likely hit 150 or higher… 😉


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