These Foolish Things – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
his week’s wonderfully bizarre prompt photo is courtesy of Anshu Bhojnagarwala.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Click here to hear the writer read his words:

These Foolish Things

A tinkling piano in the next apartment…
I hear the tune sighing through a second floor window.
I love that song.
Especially when she plays it.
Sometimes she stops, asks me to play, and she dances.
That is always the prelude to a romantic interlude.
She says the song, and the dance, always have that effect on her.
She is an expert pianist with an unmistakeable style.
I wonder who she is teaching in this building.
She stops, someone else continues.
I look up, see her body sway past a window.
I know who lives there.
Portuguese Tony.

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78 Responses to These Foolish Things – Friday Fictioneers

  1. lisarey1990 says:

    This is getting very complicated! Intrigued.


  2. That Tony is trouble!

    Great story 🙂



  3. Esha M Dutta says:

    Oh, that Portuguese Tony had better be gone! Nicely told!


  4. Beautiful set-up and execution in this little tale. Obviously, she’s a fun-loving lass.


  5. Margaret says:

    Oh no. I was looking forward to a nice schmalzy ending. Poor fella.


  6. Lynn Love says:

    I love that song. Makes me feel nostalgic for an era I didn’t even live through. So Portuguese Tony strikes again? He is a cad and a bounder. Where will his foul deeds take him? Can the man ever be stopped? I have a feeling we will learn more … Cracking story, C. Not so much for the lady of course


    • ceayr says:

      It has an inherent appeal, doesn’t it, Lynn, although it is even before my time and I’m the oldest person in the Western world.
      Tony is just being Tony, and the lady, caught up in the music, just momentarily forgot that she was a lady.

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  7. Oh, my. Just like a bad penny. 😊


  8. Portuguese Tony! Damn that feller! Where’s the horsewhip?


  9. pennygadd51 says:

    You made me cackle with your last line, CE! Mind you, when it comes to romance with a neighbour, I would remind you of the conventional wisdom that you don’t deposit anything on your own doorstep…


  10. So that Tony has come back again to make lives miserable.


  11. Mike says:

    You could send Portuguese Tony to sea on Black Beards ship, then he might find a new lady friend


  12. 4963andypop says:

    The “tune sighing” pretty much sums up this onlookers predicament.
    Sigh. 😊


  13. Dear CE,

    …Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant…Tony Portuguese is some stiff competition.




  14. Aah, the sour notes of betrayal…


  15. Abhijit Ray says:

    Will you keep looking or do something? Isn’t the same Tony you disliked so much? Or the guy who caught you with binocular in hand?


  16. Portugese Tony is a real pain in the butt! But brilliantly told ;classic!!


  17. Portuguese Tony sure have a way of always rub you the wrong way…
    Is there no way to put a stop the rascal?

    Liked by 1 person

  18. draliman says:

    That Tony gets around and no mistake 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Gouy Corine says:

    Est-ce qu’il sait qu’il est devenu un personnage apprécié dans tes histoires ?


  20. Gouy Corine says:

    Le retour de Tony Casquette ! 😂


  21. M K Zebra says:

    Maybe it’s just Portuguese Tony’s ghost, messing with your protagonist’s head?


  22. Liz Young says:

    How dare she – right on your doorstep like that!


  23. That blasted Portugese Tony. I know a good hitman if you’re interested.

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  24. Oh dear. That’s one of the drawbacks of canoodling with your neighbours. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  25. granonine says:

    Portuguese Tony again? I thought we’d seen the last of him. And this lady appears to be willing to accept any partner, as long as it’s her song 🙂


  26. trentpmcd says:

    I thought you eliminated Portuguese Tony last week? Oh well, now you have a real reason to!


  27. Iain Kelly says:

    Portuguese Tony sure seems to have a personal vendetta against you!


  28. Violet Lentz says:

    Portuguese Tony sure gets around!


  29. Sandra says:

    Portuguese Tony – just the name – sound so menacing I think I’d move on.


  30. neilmacdon says:

    This creates the lovely sense that the piano migrates around the apartment building.


  31. Nice – and loved the ending! 😉


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