Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose, poetry, and music.

Friday Fictioneers — Dark Aria

Thanks to Piya Singh for this week's photo prompt.

Come, hide behind this tree and wait for nightfall. Only then, as silent owls glide, bats flit and the brook burbles unseen, will you hear her sing.

The wheel of fortune has locked solid into the wheel of misfortune. She’s alone with a voice so beautiful and heart-rending, even the moon hides from her for fear she’ll disrupt the tides with her melancholy.

Once a renowned operatic mezzo-soprano with the world at her feet, madam is reduced to living in a hovel with crawling creatures her only companions.

You see, she loved the wrong man. It’s as simple as that.

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Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo prompt: image (c) Piya Singh

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28 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Dark Aria

  1. I loved the wheel of misfortune. Who can resist a good transformation?

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  2. That’s a great piece of writing. Poetic in its prose!

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    • Thank you, David. When it comes to 100 word stories — I often find that I end up writing something that’s a cross between poetry and flash fiction. Not sure I could sustain it for a novel though, unless I had half a century in which to write it!

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  3. The wrong man has a lot to answer for. I love this Sarah, it is so hauntingly poetic. Poor woman…I hope she finds peace out there, beneath the moonlight πŸ™‚ xxxx

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  4. Definitely a cross between prose poetry and a flash fiction, and beautifully written.

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  5. LOVE this Sarah, I love the imagery, I can imagine her singing in the dark – full of atmosphere and mystery.

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  6. oh yes! like Maria Callas though she lived in a Paris apartment as a recluse after dear Aristotle! Beautiful description and I agree with Andrea- atmosphere and mystery!

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  7. Dear Sarah,

    It’s all about the choices we make, isn’t it? I love ‘wheel of misfortune.’ Nicely done and great to see you back in the fold.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,
      I think of life as being like a series of roads and junctions, where we must make choices without the aid of a map or GPS. What I can’t decide is if it’s all random or ordained.
      Lovely to be back in the fold. FF is such fun, I really shouldn’t disappear for as long.
      All best wishes
      Sarah

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  8. Yes, definitely a poetic piece of prose. Ah, how men (or women) can be our downfall!

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  9. This is so beautiful. “even the moon hides from her for fear she’ll disrupt the tides with her melancholy.”–just wonderful. Poor lady, though.

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  10. michael1148humphris on said:

    This took me back to a ancient world, and an injustice given by the gods!

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  11. Yay Sarah! You’re back! And with such a beautifully written story, to boot. Sad for her that she chose the wrong one though…

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    • Yes Dale, I’m back, but still fighting a tendency towards slothfulness! Can’t decide if it’s my age, or the need to work on a big new creative project. Will be publishing my next book soon, but am in need of feeling that great surge of energy that comes with writing a first draft of something completely new. It’s a bit of an addiction really. I’m glad you liked my story and thank you for your encouragement πŸ™‚

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  12. Beautiful and haunting! Would still prefer the company of crawling creatures over the wrong man…as would she, I would suspect.

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