Strings Still Attached – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Strings Still Attached

Björn Rudberg
Image ©Björn Rudberg. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Björn’s permission.
Some people played chess in their heads when they were confined to dark spaces; he played music. Few could make the strings sing like him and oh, how they sang, in his head.

“They won’t dare harm me, I’m too famous,” he told his worried friends. “If people like me can’t speak up, who can?” How wrong he was. Now he was on the list.

His friends pulled some strings. They’d get him away, hidden in this crate. Only his music kept him sane, and people’s brave defiance which whispered of hope. Their growing numbers made whispers swell to roars.

(100 words)

I pledge

I like classical music too, but this, in the video, are the type of strings I like the most and listen to while I write. Check out Joe Satriani with Flying In A Blue Dream.


58 thoughts on “Strings Still Attached – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. The original was, his friends had friends who could pull strings—but you know, word count. I wasn’t aware that this isn’t the right expression though. Info like this is important, thank you.


    1. Thank you! I didn’t know about him specifically, but after reading about him, yes, he stands for all the artists tortured and killed in totalitarian regimes. I was thinking of Chile too, when I wrote this. And Germany. And…

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    1. That’s true. But sometimes you wonder how long people stick around in the false hope that no one will dare harm them. And how dare people make fun of the tyrants… I’m glad you liked, Russel, thank you.


  1. Great take. Totalitarian regimes is at the forefront of my mind at the moment having just come back from central Europe and hearing some of the stories there. This fits right in with them and captures the sense of hopelessness against the powers perfectly

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