100 Word Challenge – Week 73: Last Echo

They bounced off every hall and corner like ghosts among shadow. Throughout the chambers beating, they tumbled without a course or a barrier.

There was nothing to stop them. Nothing for them to hold on to anymore. Barren walls and frigid air greeted every stroke and counterpoint as fingers raked across tear-stained keys until the notes from the piano were all that could be heard.

No more hollow shimmer of laughter or tenderness, nor pitter-patters of feet lifted forever heavenward. The piano wept for them as well, and for the broken master at the ivory. Until at last, the final crescendo shattered upon the floor.

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My entry for last week’s 100 Word Challenge from Julia’s Place. I didn’t even get a chance to see what it was until yesterday, which goes to show how busy I’ve been. 2013 has been a crazy year already…

Still, I hope you all enjoy.

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One thought on “100 Word Challenge – Week 73: Last Echo

  1. Mayumi-H says:

    The sensation of melancholy and loss in this one is heartbreaking. I absolutely love your imagery for it, though, especially projecting the notes as physical manifests: bouncing off barren walls and such.

    …So, you wrote all these entries in a day?! It will take me a little bit of time to go through them all, since I want to absorb each for its own merits and not get sucked into looking at one compared to another. But I’ll keep coming back. Your writing compels me to do so!

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