Fiction · Writing Prompts

Curtain Call

Title: Curtain Call
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of March 07, 2017
Words count: 175 words

The other day, I was revisiting my old hidden object games. I can’t believe I used to sink so many hours into them – their plots tended to veer to predictability, and I could call the villain maybe ten minutes into the story, but I loved them to pieces. The gorgeous art, the campy characters, complete with Wilhelm screams. Maybe one day, I’ll revisit them, hopefully play a semi-decent one again…

“What, you too chicken?”

“No! But – did you see – ”

She left the intrepid teenagers, and once out of sight, climbed over the iron-wrought gates. She remembered the headlines: A Night of Horror! Hundreds perish in fire. Shaking her head, she put it out of her mind, and marched towards the building.

The theatre was in ruins, its once-opulent carpets coated with filth. A chandelier lay smashed on the floor, collapsing the ceiling. Walking past it, she shoved the crumbling auditorium doors hard – and they gave.

Here, she could see the theatre’s charred seats and smoke-stained stone. Yet, the Steinway remained onstage, whole, covered. She went to the front, found an intact seat, and waited.

Distantly, a bell struck midnight. The theatre grew darker, colder. She shuddered, closed her eyes, and heard it: the faint strains of piano, a ghostly voice wailing – singing.

When she opened them again, she saw two ghostly figures staring at her, resplendent in their stage costumes. Were they smiling? Perhaps. She waved back weakly.

“Hi Ma, Hi Pa.”

Image credit to Mike Vore!

9 thoughts on “Curtain Call

  1. You created great images. I felt the cold and saw the neglect. Then came the ending, bringing sadness.

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