Don’t Pluck My Heartstrings – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a flash fiction challenge which asks that we write a story in no more than 100 words from the photo prompt kindly provided by the host, Rochelle Wisoff Fields. To join in with the challenge, or find out more about it, just follow the link on the challenge title above.

Here is this week’s prompt, copyright David Stewart . . .


and this is my story . . .

The lights of the bandstand glow against the darkening sky, lively tones of the violins dancing on the evening air. The merry tune is well suited to the May Day mood. I gaze at my husband, so focused on his playing he will not see me …

In truth, James rarely does see me, for he’s a violinist of perfection and married to his music. But, after three years of loneliness, my musical appreciation has waned.

Tones of the violins soar as I turn away. The note on the kitchen table will not pluck too fiercely at James’ heartstrings.

Word Count: 99

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62 thoughts on “Don’t Pluck My Heartstrings – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Good take on the prompt. Also, a bit of a cliffhanger as I wonder where she is off to. I guess music won’t figure too highly in her future. Hope she’ll find someone who shares HER passion. πŸ™‚

  2. This is very deep. Often times, we get stuck on our passions and forget to care about the needs of others. It’s heartbreaking, but we can’t expect them to cling onto us forever. They need to live, too. It’s sad that she doesn’t think her absence will pluck so hard on James’ heartstrings that they break.

    1. I agree, its a sad situation, and happens all too often, I think, Izzy. I don’t think there’s any easy answer to it, either. Thank you for thinking about it so carefully. πŸ™‚
      (I’ll have that post done for Monday, but I just thought I’d ask – is it OK to use the logo etc. on your post?)

      1. “Ma chere mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that I welcome you” to use the logo ^_^

        (from the “Be Our Guest” Disney song)

      2. Merci, mam’selle etc. etc. πŸ™‚ Can’t think of a suitable quote right now – I’m in the middle of reading your Friday FF story! Thanks for replying, Izzy.

  3. This is really sad! πŸ˜₯ It is a terrible thing when spouses marry themselves to their work. It leaves such a lonely life for their partner. Wonderful writing as always Millie. I loved it. (as always).

    1. Dear PJ. Thank you again for being so sweet about my writing! The one I did on your challenge and this one have both been a bit miserable this week, for some reason. I’ll think of more cheerful stories next week! πŸ™‚

    1. It must be very difficult being with someone so devoted to their work – or any pursuit – to the extent of neglecting those who love them. Thank you, Shivangi. πŸ™‚

    1. Being second banana is definitely not a good place to be! Great phrase! πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you’ve had personal experience of it, though, so thank you for sharing that. And yes, It’s really great to write. πŸ™‚

  4. it’s not a good idea to marry someone who is consumed with passion for something no matter how noble. you’ll always end up second fiddle to this person such as in this story.

    1. You’re right, Plaridel, it must be awful. Fortunately, I haven’t had experience of it personally, so I’m lucky. I know people who have, though. πŸ™‚

    1. Definitely, although I suppose we could argue there are two sides to every story. I reckon she’s taken the best way out, though. Thank you, Alicia. πŸ™‚

  5. I know it’s hard for him to leave his passion behind, but I think he needs to be responsible for his partner to make her feel she is his significant other not so called “partner”… Good one Millie! πŸ˜‰

  6. Beautifully written, and I agree with Cheryl, it is poetic.
    In these situations you cannot expect one person to make all the effort. Relationships are a two way street and I think maybe if she got more involved or found something they both enjoyed then their marriage might not have ended.
    There should also be respect and acceptance, for I do not think she realised that through both, one can enjoy so much more in life.
    But that is of course just my opinion.

    1. Your opinion is always welcome, Francesca. In my story we see only a very one-ided account, when in reality, both people’s concerns should be heard. Perhaps she never tried with the relationship from the word go. I need another hundred words now …! Enjoy what’s left of the evening and remember it’s ‘spring forward’ night! πŸ™‚

    1. Well, when all’s said and done, it takes two to tango! No outsiders can really say what goes on in others’ partnerships. Thank you for commenting, Bjorn. πŸ™‚

  7. Dear Millie,

    I wonder if she’ll ever date a musician again. A nice tale of a breakup a long time in coming. She sounds better off now. Well done.



    1. Aloha, Doug. Thank you for the lovely comment. I think any break up must be heartbreaking. In this case, it seems to be for the best. Perhaps she’ll pick an actor, or an author next time! haha. πŸ™‚

  8. I loved the idea of a character married to his music and Love also playing an important role over here. Nice one dear Millie. Have a great week ahead Aquileana ⭐

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Aquileana. πŸ™‚ I think a lot of really talented people can become obsessed with their art – or science, or anything else they feel passionate about. Even hobbies can take over a person’s life. It’s bound to take toll on relationships, especially if the other partner is constantly excluded. A sad situation, whatever… πŸ™‚

  9. Wonderful use of the musical images to describe their relationship. You’ve captured the mood so well – she’s full of regret, but knows what she has to do. Sad.

    1. I wish that were true, Amanda, but the prompts do actually work. They get the brain cells working quite nicely. Your kind comments are very much appreciated. πŸ™‚

    1. FF challenges often elicit these types of interactions, which make it all so interesting. It always gets me thinking of alternative responses in my characters, too. Thank you again, Amanda.

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