Friday Fictioneers — Boy Enfolded


PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudeberg

She wears a green satin dress, the cello cocooned in the shimmering folds of its skirt. Her skin is flawless ivory. The waves of her chestnut hair tease her back as she draws the bow across the strings. Elgar’s cello concerto.

He’s eight-years-old. Serious. His eyes are like saucers behind his round glasses as he sits too close to the television, in awe of her. There’s no delineation between her and the music; they are one and same, both spellbinding in their beauty. She’s nine years his senior, but too perfect to be anybody’s older sister.

1994. Natalie Clein. His first love.


In 1994, cellist, Natalie Clein won BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 17. Here is a video of her playing a the 3rd Movement of the Elgar cello concerto 14 years later in 2008.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo prompt: image (c) Björn Rudberg


Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Boy Enfolded”

    1. Dear Rochelle
      I’m glad you loved the descriptions. Actually, the boy in the story was my son when he was 8, seeing her on the TV and falling in love with her. He and his older sister (5 years’ his senior) used to squabble like mad at that time, so Natalie Clein was like some angel who couldn’t possibly be a bossy older sister to a small boy! I can see why you read it the way you did, and it works whichever way you interpret it. The beauty of fiction is that it’s open to interpretation and says different things to different people.
      All best wishes

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      1. Ah, thank you for the clarification. Although I think your son might’ve been disappointed if Natalie were his older sister. 😉 Siblings are siblings are siblings. 😉

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  1. I can see why the little boy fell in love, mesmerised as he was by such beauty in Natalie’s expression, the music, the playing sublime. Dearest Sarah, your flash fiction is so beautiful, it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you too for the video clip, just what I needed to listen to… love & hugs to you my dear friend ❤ xxxxxxx

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed my story, Sherri. And can I say that I’m glad I brought a tear to your eye? Of course, my flash fiction offering on this occasion was a little true life cameo of my own boy when he was little! One of many sweet memories 🙂 …Love and hugs to you, too, my dear friend xxxxxxx

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      1. Yes, you certainly can, because it shows the power of your beautiful writing dearest Sarah. I didn’t realise it was based on your boy’s experience…that makes it even more lovely and moving. A sweet and precious memory indeed. Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and love and hugs back to you 🙂 xxxxxxx

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