Tuesday, May 22, 2012

250=1, Story nine.


Introducing The Beatles?

Lightning flashed.

Thunder didn’t.

Rain did whatever it is rain does. Not pelted but more of a thump. The rain heavy, like that big drum, the tympani, in the orchestra.

Corey held the Beatles album in his hand, staring at the cover.  There was a slight shadow to the George Harrison’s right.  Or was there?

Lightning flashed. He saw the shadow.  Thump. Thump. Thump went his heart and the rain. The first raindrops always toughest, the heavy armor of the thunderstorm, the ones that couldn’t hang in the clouds anymore, opening rips in the vapor for lighter, flightier drops to follow after,

The lightning ended. His eyes unadjusted, left the room dark.  He felt the plastic sleeve that held the record album in his hands, protecting it from the sweat.  It was the last thing he had from the estate.  Selling this would mean that everything was memories.

It’s not like I’ll never hear a Beatles’ song again,” he said to himself.

Thunder did its thing without lightning ahead of it.

But he wouldn’t hear the Beatles’ songs the way he’d heard them first, not ever again, if he sold this. Coming from the big speakers of the hi-fi, Dad and Mom dancing, him sitting on the edge of the couch watching them laugh.

Lightning flashed. 

Handwritten on the cardboard sleeve: First dance, side A, song one.

Corey opened the plastic, took the record out, spun it on his finger.  “Well, she was just seventeen…” he whispered. 


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250=1 is short stories, all of which are exactly 250 words long, including the title.  In this case, the story isn't just one of those, but is an entry in Cherie Reich's Second Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest:



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14 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for entering my 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest! The six finalists will be announced on Friday, May 25th. I will further comment on your entry on Thursday.

Carrie-Anne said...

Nice story! As a Sixties lover, I really liked your take on it.

Andrew Leon said...

Hey, that was really nice!

Crystal Collier said...

Oh man, I miss records.

Donna said...

Sad and sweet.

Colin Smith said...

Any story with a Beatles theme is already off to a good start. Nice work! :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Great story. It's kind of sad and bittersweet and comes from a place of nostalgia. Wow. You are an awesome writer Briane.

Heather Murphy said...

LOVE the Beatles reference and the note at the end. Touching

Andrea Teagan said...

So bittersweet. loved it!

Becky said...

Flash fiction AND The Beatles--it's a win-win!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Times must be desperate if he's selling his Beatles album! :( Love the emotions in your post.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Nice flash! I was drwan in by your character and his musings.

Cherie Reich said...

Wonderful piece. I love how you used the lightning and thunder almost musically against the storyline.

I'll announce the finalists tomorrow.

Ciara said...

That was awesome. I loved it. It drew so much feeling from the reader.