Friday Fictioneers – The Price of Everything

PHOTO PROMPT © Amanda Forestwood

One look at his violin and I knew things had turned offbeat. It was saddle-stitched leather, the neck inlaid with mother-of-pearl. I didn’t like offbeat.

“That’s a very unusual instrument, friend,” I said.

He didn’t deny it, but capered, grinned and replied, “Well, I’m a very unusual person.”

Events could have gone in myriad direction from there. Perhaps he might grant me three wishes, or maybe his playing would summon ancient heroes. Magic was available in that moment.

Instead, I asked “How much does such a violin cost?”

The moment passed.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

44 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Price of Everything

  1. Magic was available in that moment – an excellent turn of phrase! Those lost opportunities. I loved reading this story. It was so interesting to read what my photo triggered. The fiddle is actually from Hardanger in Norway and quite probably priceless! cheers,


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