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A Corner Away From Anyone Else

“Any requests?” the musician asked, kicked back in his corner of the coffeehouse, away from anyone else.

The gentleman with sea-mist eyes seemed to smile at him, or perhaps someone else who just happened to be in the same line of sight.

“Any requests?” he chirped again, plucking at strings to check their tuning. One was out, not by much, but enough to be worth fixing.

“I have a request,” said the gentleman with sea-mist eyes, now two steps from the corner away from anyone else. He lent in, the words curling from his lips. “Care for a challenge?”

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-three year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

26 Comments

  1. Dear Carol,

    I’m guessing the gentleman with the sea-mist eyes a musician. Therefore in your story, the prompt is the gentleman challenging the soloist to a musical duel. Am I warm?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • I love the idea and I can see where it has come from. I wrote the piece with more romantic inclinations in my own mind but I think I might prefer the idea of a musical duel.

    • Disappointingly for me I cannot claim that idea, but as always, I think it’s wonderful when people can pull something different then the writer’s thought from a piece.

  2. O.K. I cheated. Usually I don’t read other’s comments before leaving one myself, but the “romantic” idea never entered my mind. Perfect! Thanks for a perfect twist.

    • You’re very welcome and thank you for the lovely comment. I don’t think it’s cheating to read the comments, it gives you the opportunity to see the piece along a different scope.

    • Indeed it would, and though I didn’t intend for that to be the message behind the story it appears that is how it will be known to everyone else.

  3. Good story and well written! I didn’t know whether he was challenging for music or a real death duel. Thanks! Nan 🙂

    • Thank you for the comment Nan!
      Well I’m hoping that it won’t be a death duel, I’d hate to loose either character, but perhaps…

      Well now I know what I’ll be writing up this evening.

  4. Love his sea-mist eyes. I’m going for a musical challenge, the folks in the coffee shop are in for a great time.

    Dee

  5. I feel a jam session coming on.
    Typo alert – ‘anyone one else’ in the first para.
    Good atmospheric story.

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