Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge now presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week, once again, she also provides the photo prompt, a great shot of New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
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Click here to hear the author read the tale over the sound of cicadas in the background:
I sit outside the little café on the port, thinking about tonight’s party.
I already have nineteen guests, who I know will definitely be there.
I have all the food and refreshments I need.
I watch the boy with the guitar.
A little live music is always fun.
I make sure he is alone, I don’t want to inflate the numbers too much.
I put money in his open case, buy him a cold drink.
He jumps at the chance of a free meal just to play for a while.
He is greatly impressed by my rather grand house with its extensive gardens.
After he eats I introduce the other guests as they appear.
The early subdued air lifts as he plays some tunes we can all dance to.
The evening is a huge success, everyone behaves well.
When they leave at the end of the night, he goes with them.
Well, it is far too late to let him go anywhere else.
And there is still space in my dungeons.