Stage Fright – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s happy family photo demonstrates once again Al’s love of birds.
Just saying.
But hey, at least they aren’t pigeons this time!
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.


Copyright Al Forbes

Stage Fright

I am late.
The curtain goes up in just a few minutes and I am stuck in traffic.
I pull over to the side and start to run.
Coincidentally, the words of the opening number are also running.
Through my head.
I know every word, every note, every nuance.
I should, I have rehearsed it countless times in the past few weeks.
But tonight is the night.
The first live performance.
In front of a live audience.
I am excited and nervous.
And late.
I am panting now, chest and legs aching.
But I am almost there.
I turn into the alley at the side of the theatre, wheezing painfully.
I burst through the stage door, wave hello to Old Fred.
The orchestra strikes up the intro.
I slip through the curtain, and scan the faces in front of me.
He is there, looking concerned.
I lift a hand in salute and he grins.
I sit.
My grandson sings.
Five little ducks went swimming one day…

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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43 Responses to Stage Fright – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Mike says:

    Loved that ending.


  2. athling2001 says:

    Sweet story and so nicely written.


  3. Oh, my! This is so delightful. I was tense and then smiling!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jenn says:

    How sweet! I agree with the others, you’re just a softie!


  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Aw, unexpected Caeyr from what you typically write. I enjoyed it a lot. I loved it when my Grandpa came to my concerts as a little girl! Great piece.


  6. EagleAye says:

    Aw. I liked the sweet surprise ending. Masterfully played, sir. Well done!


  7. luckyjc007 says:

    I love the rush scene! Been there many times myself…living on edge. It’s so nice that he made it in time for the big event! 🙌


  8. Dale says:

    I knew it! You are all sugar and sweetness deep…. very deep down inside!
    You can’t fool me… xo


  9. Joy Pixley says:

    Aw, what a sweet story! Great tension building up to such a happy ending, very nicely done.


    • Joy Pixley says:

      I looked up “Five little ducks” to see if it was a real song. Which it is, as you obviously know. I had to watch the video all the way through, hoping for a happy ending to those poor missing ducklings. Whew! So now I have this nursery song stuck in my head. “Five little ducks went swimming one day…”


      • ceayr says:

        It is a great song.
        Unlike the wretched ‘Wheels on the bus’ it has a plot!
        When my pre-school grandson used to sing it to me, I would, each time, go through all the drama – oh no, what happened to the duckie – causing him amusement and then frustration as I interrupted his performance.
        Eventually, by the time he was maybe nearly five, he would tell me ‘It is okay, they have just gone to the disco’ or such like.
        He did not like to see me stressed.

        Liked by 1 person

    • ceayr says:

      Happy you enjoyed it as much as I did!


  10. Graham Lawrence says:

    Cute (sorry if someone’s already used that word but it sticks). No one got hurt or ‘deaded’ this week. Nice surprise but your style is true to form. I love how you do that.


  11. such a cute tale, I like it!


  12. joannesisco says:

    I really wondered where you were going with this one today. Always a surprise … and in this case, a pleasant one🙂


  13. I thought I would purposely pick a difficult prompt this week to see how it goes. You made a really good job of it.


  14. Dear CE,

    This one is incredibly adorable. Love it.




  15. Al says:

    Oh wow. This brought a huge grin to my face. I love this.


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