Friday Fictioneers : The wages of sin

 

Copyright -John Nixon

Copyright -John Nixon


 

Cal’s been through his repertoire twice, though the regulars don’t notice the repetition.

This time of night, when the floor’s awash with beer and the pavement outside has had its first bloody baptism, he turns to the old tunes, ones that make the most busted booze hound weep.

He plays one of his Gran’s favourites – fair maids, broken hearts – and a ragged choir joins in the chorus.

Another shot of whisky joins the line-up on the piano. After closing, he’ll pour them all into a pint glass and take it home.

The wages of sin.

 


 

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. See the pic, write a story in 100 words or fewer.

The piano in the picture reminded me of an old Billy Joel song. Sing us a song, you’re the piano man …

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers : The wages of sin

    1. Yes, I think he sees it that way. Helping to keep others (and himself!) coming back for more of the very substance that is harming them. And one of Billy Joel’s best, I think. Thanks Bjorn 🙂

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  1. Soundly nailed, Lynne! I like the touch of the pint glass, too. Piano Man is a standard, as all piano players in night clubs will know. How Billy Joel sings this concert after concert is beyond me.

    Five out of five bourbons and Cokes.

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    1. Thank you, Rochelle. Was stuck on this prompt to begin with, but after a think, this turned out to be a story I was really pleased with. Even reworked it and submitted to a competition :). Thanks for another inspiring prompt. All the best, Lynn

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  2. What a moving character-portrait! And these lines are to die for:
    “This time of night, when the floor’s awash with beer and the pavement outside has had its first bloody baptism, he turns to the old tunes, ones that make the most busted booze hound weep.”

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments! This was one that felt ‘right’ when I wrote it. Have reworked it a little for a flash fiction comp, so here’s hoping. Funny the directions these prompts will take your mind. Thanks again 🙂

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